The concept “Terrorism” may itself be controversial. It is often used by state authorities to de-legitimize the political or other opponents and potentially legitimize the state’s own use of armed force military or police against the opponents. It has been practiced by a broad of the array of political organizations for furthering their activities. Terrorism has been practiced by right-wing and left-wing political parties, religious groups, revolutionary’s nationalistic groups, ruling governments etc. Terrorism has been described differently as a tactic and strategic patterns; a crime and a holy duty; a justified impact to oppression and an inexcusable abomination. Terrorism has often been an effective tactic pattern for the weaker part in a conflict. Due to the secretive nature in mind and the small size of terrorist organizations sometimes they offer the opponents no clear picture of the organization to defend against.
I would examine this essay in three parts. Firstly, I will discuss about the terrorism and terrorist; secondly, about transnational criminal and thirdly, about the distinction between terrorist and transnational criminal.
THE KEY CONCEPT OF TERRORISM:
a) Define terrorism:
Terrorism is a kind of political violence in an asymmetrical conflict which is designed to introduce the terror and psychic through the violent victimization and destruction in order to achieve political aims or to force a government to act. The main purpose of terrorism is to exploit the media in order to achieve maximum attainable publicity an d create a force towards multiplier in order to influence the targeted audiences to reach their desire political goals or desired long-term end states.
According to Hoffman terrorism is:
1. Ineluctably political in aims and motives
2. violent – or, equally important, threatens violence
3. Designed to have far-reaching psychological repercussions beyond the immediate victim or target
4. Conducted by an organization with an identifiable chain of command or conspiratorial cell structure (whose members wear no uniform or identifying insignia) and
5. Perpetrated by a sub national group or non-state entity
According to Saul’s notes:
“Despite the shifting and contested meaning of “terrorism” over time, the peculiar semantic power of the term, beyond its literal signification, is its capacity to stigmatize, delegitimize, denigrate, and dehumanize those at whom it is directed, including political opponents. The term is ideologically and politically loaded; pejorative; implies moral, social, and value judgment; and is “slippery and much-abused.”
b) Origin of the term :
The word “Terrorism” comes from the French terrorisme, and it originally referred to specifically to the state terrorism as practiced by the time of then when the French government face the Reign of terror. The French word terrorisme in turn derives from
the Latin word “terre?” which mean “I frighten”. Although “terrorism” originally referred as the acts which is committed by government. Recently normally it refers to the killing of innocent people of a country by a non-government group in such a way that is to create a media spectacle for the whole world. According to Dr Myra Williamson, during the period of terror a system of terrorism was only used to as an instrument of governance and it established or makes a revolutionary state against the enemies of the people as whole as a country. But now-a-days the term “terrorism” is commonly and broadly used to describe terrorist’s attacks which is committed by the non-state or sub national individuals against a whole state.
c) The early history of terrorism:
1. Terror has been used since for a long time to achieve a political ends and has a long history:
-As early as 66 – 72 A.D. Resistance to the Roman occupation, terrorists killed Roman soldiers brutally and they destroyed the Roman property as thy can,
2. Normally terror was used to resist the occupation
3. Suicidal martyrdom represented being killed by invaders which resulted in rewards in the heaven. It dates back thousands of years in most societies and religions.
4. Terrorism against the enemy is broadly viewed as a religious and good act.
d) Modern history of terrorism:
- 1. The term “terrorism” was coined in the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793 – 1794).
- 2. This event was the birth of all Government-Sponsored Terrorism
- 3. The line between the terrorism and the political violence is sometimes blurred
- 4. Anarchists were seen in the late 19th century
- 5. Individual terrorism:
-The use of the selective terror against an individual or a nation is in order to bring down a government, e.g. Lincoln assassination
- 6. In the middle of 20th century, terrorism became a way which is used by both parts of colonial conflicts.
- 7. In the 20th century the last 20 years religious based terrorism has became very much frequent and easy.
- 8. Economic terrorism is another kind of format, which destructs the industry and the agriculture system very harshly
9. Today terrorism is a criminal act which influences an audience beyond the immediate victim.
10. Now there is a phrase on behalf of terrorism “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”.
e) Types of terrorism:
There are some types of terrorism, these are given bellow:
Civil disorder terrorism – it is that kind of terrorism where a form of collective violence interferes with the peace, sovereignty, security and normal activities of the nation.
Political terrorism – For political purposes the behavior of violent criminal usually designed on a primary basis to generate some fear into the community.
Non-Political terrorism –All terrorism is not directly related to politics. It is that kind of terrorism where is conscious design to create and perfectly maintain a high degree of fear for coercive purposes, but at the last individual can find that is desired not only for the collective gain but also desire the wish to achievement of a political objective.
Quasi-terrorism – The activities of quasi terrorism is incidental to the commission of the crime of violence which is similar to in form and method to genuine terrorism but it nevertheless lack its essential or important ingredient or elements. This is not the main goal of the quasi-terrorists to introduce terror in the immediate victim as in the case of genuine terrorism. But in the time of quasi-terrorist uses the modalities and techniques of the genuine terrorist and produces similar consequences and reaction.
Religious terrorism – These types of terrorism is normally performed by groups or individuals, there motivation is typically based or rooted in faith-based tenets. Terrorist’s activity is throughout the centuries which have been performed on the base of religious
grounds with the hope that, they will either spread or enforce a system of belief, viewpoint or opinion towards the world.
Limited political terrorism – Normally genuine political terrorism is characterized by some kind of revolutionary approach; limited political terrorism refers to “acts of such terrorism those which are committed for the ideological or political motives and which are not as a part of a concerted campaign to capture on control of the state.
Official or state terrorism – Another name of this terrorism is structural Terrorism. It defined broadly as terrorist acts which are carried out by the government to pursuit of political objectives and often as part of their foreign policy.
f) Causes of terrorism:
All terrorist acts those which are happening around us are motivated by many things: There are several causes of terrorism. These are given below:
Social and political injustice: Normally terrorist choose terrorism when they are trying to do right with the others according to them what they perceive to be a social or political or historical mislead.
Poverty and economic disadvantage:
Poverty and economic insolvency makes people rash, brutal to create violence against a state. When there is poverty then it comes to the people’s mind that the state ruler is not perfect for them. As a result they create violence against the government.
Extensive contemporary of the media and literature discussed about that the poverty argument happen when a group of people absolutely or relatively deprived they rebel what they want.
The democracy plays very important role as an instigator or facilitator for the terrorism which deserves a further exploration. A democratic government is supposed to represent the people by giving the all required facilities and provide them to raise their voice on political perspective. But when it cannot happen then terrorism may be arise.
May be the most contested and important cause of the terrorism is about an aggrieved group of people resorting toward violence for nationalist or separatist reasons which depends on one’s point of view, it can be considered as resistance and protection against an (external) oppressor. For this, only Mahatma Gandhi and his followers those who wanted the freedom movement have managed to liberate and independent themselves from the foreign interferences by peaceful means
According to philosopher Rubenstein’s thesis, the main causes of terrorism are disgruntled, disaffected, intelligentsia those who are take part in a social and moral crisis unable to mobilize or the masses. This is “a primary internal cause of terrorism, dictating to a degree its philosophy, tactics and consequences” (Rubenstein, 1987: xvii).
Intellectuals, they are not the type of ambitious idealist, who does not have a rebellious from lower class to lead due to shifts from primary and manual work to the services sector. But they do not receive guidance from any people those who are from creative upper class and if they want they can follow them as well.
Opposite concept of disaffected intelligentsia is the assertion that it is not intelligentsia but it is the simpleminded of the people those who are easy to indoctrinate that are perceived to be ‘the cause’ (Rat bone and Rowley, 2002) prevalent in more recent popular literature. Both of them and as well as others are essentially trying to reduce the dehumanize terrorists.
g) Impacts of Terrorism:
Everything has some impact or consequence and terrorism has many impacts on people, society as well as the whole nation. Some of them are:
Impact of terrorism on Society:
Terrorism creates a serious law in order to makes problem in the society and it leads to disintegration of society. Because of terrorism there can be many woeful situations in the society like: murder, torture, mutilation, kidnapping, arson, extortion and it can create atmosphere which is full of suspicion, fear and measurable all around. Life can also become uncertain. The terrorists brutally kill unarmed citizens including women and children.
Impact of terrorism on economy:
Terrorism’s impact on economy is very harsh. Many terrorist groups collect certain percentage of money from the employees and businessmen on regular basis and they deny then terrorist used to kill them. The economic condition’s development of the society or state comes to an end. Many governments of the world have to face heavy expenditure to meet and fulfill the challenges from terrorism.
Impact of terrorism on psychological state:
Terrorist’s attacks not only create panic and miserable situation in a country but also to breakdown the confidence of the government and the political leadership of the target country. It is designs to make psychological effects on people especially for the women and children and which reach the immediate impacts on the situation.
DEFINITION OF TERRORIST:
“Terrorist” is a person who takes part in terrorism.
It is a word often used too loosely that it has lost a clear meaning. This is a proposal to lend some types of clarity to the definition and thus hopefully to the use of the word “terrorist.”
Recently, the term “terrorist” is considered as the use of creating force most often on the basis of whether the speaker agrees or not with the goal or intention of the violence. 
If a group of people fighting to overthrow into a government or tries to end an occupation by any foreign power sends a suicide bomber to the blow up of a civilian pizzeria, this event also would be a guerrilla act or it is about terrorism. And the people involved on these attacks are terrorists.
Transnational crimes are crimes which have actual or potential effect across national borders and crimes which are intra-state but which offend fundamental values of the international community. The term is commonly used in the law of the enforcement and about the academic communities. Those people who are involve in these types of crime is called “transnational criminal”.
According to Wilkins the word “transnational” describes crimes that are not only international (that is, crimes that cross borders between countries), but crimes that by their nature involve border crossings as an essential part of the criminal activity. Transnational crimes also include crimes that take place in one country, but their consequences significantly affect another country. Examples of transnational crimes include: human trafficking, people smuggling, smuggling/trafficking of goods (such as arms trafficking and drug trafficking), sex slavery, terrorism offences, torture and apartheid. Transnational organized crime (TOC) refers specifically to transnational crime carried out by organized crime organizations.
There is a law about “Transnational Criminal Law” .Philosophers offer an overview of the law as “international criminal law” (ICL) and “transnational criminal law” (TCL). These survey that the history and major important developments behind a major legal and philosophical force of the twentieth century, those individuals who can be liable for the horrendous crimes which are committed not only just against the criminal laws of a single state or a country but also against international law and that means for the entire world community.
a) Features of International and Transnational Criminal Law:
There are some features of International and Transnational Criminal Law .This new laws carefully examines the procedural issues, transnational crimes and international crimes for the welfare of all citizens all over the whole world.
International and Transnational Criminal Law features:
A dynamic author team combines a scholarship with the classroom and practical experience that includes:
1. Negotiation and drafting of international agreements
2. The policy and the practice of international human rights and criminal law
3. Transnational crime in the white-collar context
4. Procedural and jurisdictional issues bring into consideration crucial to transnational practice
5. Transnational criminal tribunals.
b) Types of Transnational Crime:
Transnational crimes are those crimes which occur across the national borders. These crimes are normally of heightened concern. Reason behind it is the countries affected do
not have the jurisdiction to prosecute the criminals those who are committing such kinds of transnational crimes from other countries. There are many types of transnational crimes, these are:
1. Drug Trafficking:
The meaning of drug trafficking is to illegal drugs are being to sold and distributed. Normally, these types of events are happen in the United States as well as in other countries. The main concern with transnational drug trafficking for the United States is illegal drugs being transported the forms of other countries and sold.
2. Human Trafficking:
Human trafficking is such kind of crime which is against the humanity. It involves with various bad things such as sale, transportation, receipt and harboring of human beings through the use of force, threats or coercion with the individuals. It often includes the payment or money transfer from a trafficker to a person in control of the victim. Common reasons behind the humans are trafficked include for prostitution, sexual exploitation or forced slavery. Human trafficking often happens to the across state lines as well as across the international borders.
3. Money Laundering:
The meaning of money laundering is that process where criminals are disguising the illegal origins of their money. Basically, money laundering is occurred in main three ways. Such as
1. Disguising the sources of the money
2. Change of the form and
3. Moving the funds to other place.
4. Arms Trafficking:
The meaning of arms trafficking is to involve with the smuggling of guns, ammunition and other weapons. When weapons are enter into a country by smuggled and criminals used to sell illegally that time buyers do not have to take any kind of license or waiting period in order to buy arms, that is why arms trafficking is illegal..
DISTINCTION BETWEEN TERRORIST AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL:
Terrorist and transnational criminal both are illegal and they take the law in their own hand. Both of them are international criminal. As a criminal they have more similarities than difference. But besides similarities they have some differences. These are:
1. Terrorist groups are take part in usually ideologically or politically motivated, sometimes they want to do really well for their nation, such as: sometimes terrorist try to
move their imperfect ruler, they going against the law, state, they are doing crime but their mind is clear but transnational criminal groups are totally profit-oriented;
2. Terrorist groups sometimes wish to compete or try to change with the government’s ruling procedures for legitimacy and as well as the good for whole citizens but transnational criminal do not have to do such types of things. They just deal with the money.
3. Terrorist groups usually try to make attention by media because they want that there will be for public; they used to make publicity, according to them all of there activities should be take public’s attention. On the other hand transnational criminal groups do not do such things; they do not need publicity they want to hide their activities from the people as well as from the world.
4. Sometimes terrorists are misleading by the religious leader; they listen to their leader even though they do not know what will be the consequences they just do that what they hear from their boss. But transnational criminals do all types of crime by knowing that these are against the law.
5. Terrorist’s activities harms towards a state or a whole nation, their activities create violence to a vast area, whole nation have to face difficulty and they also need to attract media’s attention. On the other hand transnational criminals do not have such kind of works.
6. Terrorist’s activities are more open than transnational criminal’s. Criminal’s role is much secret than terrorist’s. There are many countries which face many problems for terrorism, such as- Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Iran etc. 
Recently a research team of the US Library of Congress has suggested that and attempted to identify some factors which is making a nation “hospitable” towards transnational crime and terrorism. Some of them are
– Official and employment corruption
– Incomplete and weak legislature procedures
– Poor enforcement of existing laws in the country
– Non-transparent financial system or institutions
– Lack of showing respect for the rules which is given by the law in society
– Poorly guarded national borders, such as Somalia, Pakistan etc.
Thus we can say that, In line with the increasing of amount world population, poverty level globally and globalization all factors influenced transnational crime action scales worldwide. Various kinds of the transnational crime extent capacity from one country border to the others, involving more than one country. As well as today terrorism event has become threaten to all over the world. Every nation, every state is afraid of terrorism
Both of them plays brutal and ruthless role for human and for the world. Both operate a secretly and usually from a strong underground network with others; both of them use ‘muscle and ruthlessness’ on primarily civilian victims. So, as a normal people we all want that terrorism and transnational crime should far away from our country as well as from all over the world.
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