After Marawi: terrorism matters

Lecture to the Asset protection series, Manila 13 December 2017

By Nicole Forrest Green*

TERRORISM is the intentional, unlawful, indiscriminant use of violence and intimidation, especially targeted against civilians, as a means to create terror and fear in the pursuit of political, religious or ideological aims. It is important far beyond its death toll, (which is often well below the annual road toll – or deaths from automobile accidents); it is an attack on society, on our political institutions and political independence as it seeks to hold Governments to ransom, by exposing shortcomings in their ability to protect their citizens from harm, exploiting democratic standards including civil liberties and freedoms like privacy laws, as it grants its practitioners great power.

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