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How To Commit A Terrorist Attack.

Terrorism has ruined 2017 for many people who have lost family members, or have had family members and themselves injured in terrorist attacks. Terrorism is not something we can no longer ignore, it’s no longer possible to say, I will never be caught up in a terrorist attack. Terrorism is especially dangerous because its indiscriminate, unlike racism, sexism and islamophobia which is reserved for a certain demographic in society. Anyone can be the victim of a terrorist attack, rich or poor, white or black.

The headline of this article is exactly what will be contained in the article but please note this is not any form of hate speech or radicalisation attempt. It’s merely a look into the psyche of terrorism, why people commit terrorist attacks and how they are able to be successful. 

The Motivation to Become  A Terrorist.

Determining the motivation for a person becoming terrorist is quite a tough task, mainly because terrorist usually don’t survive to be examined by psychologists and they aren’t really lining up to volunteer as experimental subjects. The only other option is to examine the behaviour from afar which can provide inaccurate results. 

At this point the psychology of terrorism can not be thought more than a case of theory and opinion rather than conclusive science. 

According to Psychology today John Horgan at Pennsylvania State University found that people who are more susceptible of terrorist recruitment and radicalisation tend to:

  • Feel angry, alienated or disenfranchised.
  • Believe that their current political involvement does not give them the power to effect real change.
  • Identify with perceived victims of the social injustice they are fighting.
  • Feel the need to take action rather than just talking about the problem.
  • Believe that engaging in violence against the state is not immoral.
  • Have friends or family sympathetic to the cause.
  • Believe that joining a movement offers social and psychological rewards such as adventure, camaraderie and a heightened sense of identity.

What  A Terrorist Wants to Achieve.

Clark R. McCauley, a professor of psychology at Bryn Mawr College contends “Terrorism inflicts immediate damage in destroying lives and material, but terrorists hope that the long-term costs will be much greater.”

Terrorists want to create an environment of fear and uncertainty, far beyond the immediate victims and their family members. The recent London terror attacks were done exactly for this reason. Hence why the target was central London, the heartbeat of England, where people visit for holidays, Londoners go out for meals and nights out. If the terrorists can succeed in creating so much fear that people stop enjoying their lives, their mission is complete. This is why after a terrorist  attack, the government encourages people to go on about their day as if nothing has happened because this is the greatest blow to terrorists. 

 McCauley also argues: “Terrorists particularly hope to elicit a violent response that will assist them in mobilizing their own people. The pyramid is essential to the terrorists for cover and for recruits. The terrorists hope that a clumsy and over-generalized strike against them will hit some of their own side who are not yet radicalized and mobilized, will enlarge their base of sympathy, will turn the sympathetic but unmobilized to action and sacrifice, and will strengthen their own status at the apex of this pyramid.”

How To Join ISIS.

At least 500 young British men of Asian descent have travelled to Syria or Iraq to become jihadis in extremist groups.

Isis has been dominating social media, which is where most radicalisation occurs. Isis’ use of social media provides them with a world-wide reach, to spread their propaganda. Should their videos, tweets and Facebook posts get taken down, they can just make new accounts and carry on their brainwashing.

The video below surfaced after the Manchester attack.

Making A Bomb.

The Paris and Manchester attack have shown that anyone is capable of making a homemade bomb. The bombs used i the Paris attack killed over  at least 129 people and seriously injured 99 others.

The key ingredient in the bombs which were used was  a compound called triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, it’s a white crystallised powder that is dangerous to authorities and the terrorists using it.

TATP is a very easy compound to make, Jimmie Oxley, an explosives researcher at the University of Rhode Island, told Tech Insider by email that making TATP is as easy as “baking a cake.”

Although the compound is highly unstable, terrorist working with it run the risk of blowing themselves up.

Not only is making bombs easy for terrorists, finding instructions on how to go about making bombs is easy as well. This can include being in contact with a Isis trainer who has the knowledge or just through trawling the web. The Anarchists Cookbook and The Big Book Of Mischief are all available on the internet and provide reader with details of how to make homemade explosives.  

This article has been written show the population just how easy it is for terrorist to become radicalised and go out and commit acts of terror in the name of religion or any other despicable reason someone can justify killing people for. 

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