All ideologies have extremist, among the extremist there are a few who are willing to partake in terrorism to advance their own ideology. No matter your belief system at least one of them probably tied to terrorism.
The term Terrorism was initiated in the late 18th century and was identified with the French government's "Reign of Terror" (1 ).
Why should we understand the terrorist mind? The answer can be found in a saying of Sun Tzu (The Art of War) it goes "Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril."(2 ).
Terror in America
Of the 327 Terrorist acts between 1980 and 1999 239 were done by domestic terrorist and 88 international in nature(3). These numbers are probably skewed, because at the time the FBI did not consider attacks on abortion clinics terrorist acts (4 ).
WHO ARE THE TERRORIST?
Terrorism is done by extremist, but not all extremist are terrorist.
Terrorist or terrorist group are associated with a perceived injustice. They next use this injustice to single out one group from all the others, saying this does not happen to other groups of people. They then blame this injustice on another person or group. They then demonize the group, and lay the responsibility of the injustice on them. (6 ).
Their three types of terrorist
Terrorist can follow four paths
Domestic terrorist expert Frank G. McGuire said domestic terrorist have 3 things in common
People who become terrorist don't fit only one personality type. Terrorist don't suffer from mental illness, with the possible exception of their extreme beliefs. They are selectively selected from whatever group because they appear normal, so not to cause suspicion. Some believe that deep down people who are attracted to terrorism are narcissistic personalities and low self-esteem. Some researchers believe They are "action-oriented, aggressive people who are stimulus-hungry and seek excitement.", they must still be able to fit in and appear normal (10 ).