Flash of Freedom

The image of the events of September 11th is still very fresh in immediate memory of millions of people around the world. No matter what the first thing that comes to mind, the terrorist attack that day at the World Trade Center and Washington has been immortalized in the history of mankind because they have no precedent.

The implications that September 11 brought have been the reconfiguration of the international system after the occurrence of such violence. This has produced a new type of war in which the use of weapons is no longer sufficient. Secondly, the fragility of world power has shown the inability of the imperial paradigm to ensure and sustain international peace.

The lack of a more precise definition of terrorism and their rates are due in large part because such acts do not follow a unique pattern, ie all terrorist attacks over the past decades have changed over time, form and background. This situation hinders the opportunity to know the exact number and characteristics of international terrorist attacks. In the words of Jose Aranda (2002), this lack of definition prevents us from realizing a differential analysis on features that could explain the fact that some countries are victims of terrorism and any others free see it.

Terrorism in its extreme form is not a subject or a recent occurrence. During the wars for independence of the new states, which were established as such in the twentieth century, the practice of terrorism was widespread. The struggle for Algerian independence, for example, led to the territory of France from the scourge of terrorism nationalist.

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