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February 2, 2005

One’s Terrorist Is Another’s Blockbuster:

Political Terrorism In American Versus European Films


Political terrorism is carried out for a reason. The reason usually bears political, ideological or social meaning and orientation. In their effort to condemn terrorism, many analysts and policy-makers often neglect the observation that the perpetrators of such deeds always have a goal and a designated target. The ultimate objective is bringing about a political change; the prospective target is whoever stands in the way of change, or is responsible for the deplorable status quo. The indiscriminate character of modern terrorism, as opposed to, for example, the selective nature of 19 th century terrorism1, is explained by the distinction between two types of victims: the innocent, or the immediate one and the ultimate one.

By Samuel Peleg

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