The globalization of terrorism demands an understanding of how terrorist groups make and execute their policy decisions. Contrary to the popular belief propagated by the media, most terrorists are not insane, brainwashed or from poverty stricken backgrounds. Most of them are considered to be mentally stable, highly educated and rational individuals who are capable of developing a strong ideology, clear objectives and effective strategy and tactics. This includes an ability to mesh these factors into policy.Photo:The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia is a Marxist-Leninist-inspired peasant army claiming to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia’s rich and powerful. A guerrilla organization, it is financed primarily by kidnappings and trade in illegal drugs. The group has long been engaged in a struggle to overthrow the government of Colombia, and the United States government has designated it a terrorist organization. Google…
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Table of Contents
- Understanding Terrorism
- Types of Terrorist Groups
- How Terrorist Groups Make Policy?
- Methods of Understanding Policy Making
- Examining the Taliban’s Documents
- Internal Dissent within Groups
- What can be Learned from Dissenting Views?
- Public Feuding Between Groups
- Dissension within the IRA
- What Can be Learned from Groups’ Splits?
- Terrorist Policy Changes in Reaction to Current Events