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By Henry E. Mattox

The assaults of September eleven, 2001, introduced unparalleled consciousness to the matter of terrorism. but the specter of terrorist acts has lengthy been a specter within the lives of thousands, and the styles and occurrences all too regular.
This chronology starts off with President McKinley's assassination in September of 1901 and ends with the September 11 assaults. It information terrorist occasions either popular and vague, selected as consultant, decade by way of decade, of every specific interval. A concluding bankruptcy examines altering traits in equipment of assault and the effectiveness of varied movements.
Appendices contain an inventory of impressive terrorist businesses; overseas conventions governing terrorism; and the U.N. safeguard Council answer handed after the September eleven attacks.

Henry E. Mattox is a retired U.S. overseas carrier officer. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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The Basques are an ancient people with a unique language and proud traditions. Three million of them live in seven provinces along the Franco-Spanish border. Their corner of northern Spain is no longer cut off from mainstream industry and commerce, for with the discovery of high-grade iron ore Basques have left the farmyard for the steel mill and shipyard. This is one of the reasons why a flood of immigrants has now altered Basque ways of life for good. qxd 15/4/02 15:30 CONTEMPORARY Page 53 TERRORISM: EUROPE AND THE AMERICAS tions lead to discontent and tension and feelings of alienation?

Understandably, the fact of that, and of an inevitable nationalistic urge for self-determination and self-government, gives some colour still to long striving for social and economic rights and for emancipation. The Catholic minority in Northern Ireland styles itself as Nationalist or Republican and girds itself for a drawn-out struggle against Protestant Unionists. Memory gives point to contest in Belfast and the six counties of Ulster. It is memory which has armed rival brigades – the Irish Republican Army (IRA), since 1919, advancing the Catholic cause alongside the political party of Sinn Fein, and the Ulster Unionists, determined to prevent a united Ireland and their cutting off from London.

It is more likely (according to United States State Department investigators) that certain terrorist networks find ways of hiding behind the legitimate activities of charities and then divert or launder some of the proceeds. Some financial support of terrorism does come from the production and handling of narcotics, above all in Afghanistan and Pakistan; otherwise, there is not a large amount of corruption or crime. The PLO has gone for respectability, as we have seen. This is not the case with other groups such as Hamas and Hizbullah whose raw edge of terrorism is all too obvious.

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