Is Terrorism Human Nature?

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From the Sicarii to the Hashishiyyin terrorism in all shapes and sizes has been a part of human history, but does that mean it’s human nature to want to commit atrocities to change political power or social change to your fit your ideals?

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Sources:

Sicarii: First Century Terrorists?:
http://terrorism.about.com/od/groupsleader1/p/Sicarii.htm

“Sicarii comes from the Latin word for dagger sica, and means assassins or murders. The Sicarii, or ‘dagger men’ carried out murders and assassinations with short daggers. ”

The Origins Of The Shiite-Sunni Split:
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2007/02/12/7332087/the-origins-of-the-shiite-sunni-split

“It’s not known precisely how many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are Shiites. The Shiites are a minority, making up between 10 percent and 15 percent of the Muslim population — certainly fewer than 250 million, all told.”

Hasan Sabbah:
http://oxfordindex.oup.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100435416

“Eleventh-century founder of a branch of Ismaili Shiis known as Nizaris or Assassins. Initially worked as an Ismaili missionary. Established base of command in the mountain fortress of Alamut in 1090.”

The Father Of All Assassins:
http://www.sfu.ca/~burr/Afghanistan/roots~of~Islamic~terrorism.htm

“There is no example from modern history of a great superpower and its allies launching their flotilla of war machines against an individual for “waging war against civilization.” But if we are to understand Osama bin Laden and his fanaticism, we have to reach back a thousand years to when the Arab-Islamic civilization was at its apogee.”

The Assassins – Osama bin Laden’s Historical Ancestors?:
http://www.iqri.org/en/articles/osama-bin-laden-historical-ancestors

“What is the background of this oath of loyalty to Osama bin Laden which can be traced back to a tradition of Muhammad? A strong religious conviction mixed with a death wish although both the Koran and the tradition condemn suicide?”

Terrorism v Hate Crime: How US Courts Decide:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33205339

“Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder. South Carolina has no hate crimes statute, and so it will be not be part of the state’s prosecution. But the US Department of Justice has opened up a separate investigation, and it is possible Roof could also face federal charges.”

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