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Do Islamist terrorists just hate the U.S. or is it more or less based on anyone who has...

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timcap | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM via web

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Do Islamist terrorists just hate the U.S. or is it more or less based on anyone who has a society based on given characteristics (i.e modernity, democracy, etc)?

Could you mention and explain a few characteristics that motivate terrorist in their reasoning for attacking others?

For example, is it just because of  issues related to individual freedoms in other countries, exporting Islamic beliefs, etc.

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Tim

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Islamist terrorists clearly do not hate only the US.  There have been serious attacks in England, in Spain, in India, in Russia, and in Indonesia.  Of course, there are also groups that have conducted terrorist attacks in Muslim countries like Iraq and Pakistan.

Looking only at those groups that have attacked America or Europe, I do not think that it is democracy and modernity that make the terrorists wish to attack.  I would argue, instead, that the terrorists choose to attack those who they see as powerful and as opposed to the interests of Islam.  If it were democracy and modernity they were against, they would not attack Russia, for example.  I would argue that the attacks come because they feel that Islam is under attack from these countries.

 

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timcap | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 10, 2012 at 4:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Why do these individuals feel that Islam is under attack?

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