Left Wing Terrorist Groups (Marxist)

 DecolonizationWith the outburst of decolonization during the late 1950s and 1960s, terrorism and wars of national liberation spread throughout the developing nations threatening the stability of these societies and the rest of the world.  Marxist terrorist groups in particular posed three distinct threats. To begin with, there was the ideological level as the rationales professed by these groups undermined some of the most basic core assumptions of Marxism and capitalism alike. Then, there was the political menace when Marxist terrorist groups advocated the destruction of new nations and the rise of a proletarian state.Finally, the proliferation of new terrorist organizations injected the frictions from the superpower Cold War rivalry into the developing world further politicizing the pursuit of national independence.Photo: Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)  Originally a fusion of revolutionary socialism and Kurdish nationalism -…

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Enrique S. Pumar

Dr. Enrique S. Pumar is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. His teaching and research interests cover the areas of comparative national development, race and...