Combs (2015), defines terrorism as the illegal use of violence or intimidation against civilians to achieve political aims. A global initiative to combat terrorism has been on the increase in the recent past in the wake of terrorist attacks in various parts of the world. However, terrorists have devised other approaches to enhance their survival such as the cell operation. Important to note is the fact that a cell consists of three- five members stationed at a particular place to either gather intelligence or perform other clandestine activities.
Noteworthy, the existence of cells does not mean the battle is lost instead it indicates the battle is almost won. Indeed, terrorists have resorted cell operation because the global initiative to combative terrorism has displaced them from their traditional areas of activity. Combs (2015), assert that terrorists have changed tact for them to survive but it is common knowledge that those tactics will not last them long.
The fact that terrorism cannot be eradicated in totality does not mean it should not be combated. Notably, tackling terrorism helps to reduce terrorist attacks to as low as possible and also prevents recruitment of new members in their activities. Also, addressing terrorism demonstrates to the world that it is a vice that should not be entertained at all costs. Furthermore, it proves the efforts and commitment put in place to combat crime (Combs, 2015).
Success in the fight against terrorism can be evaluated by analyzing the increase or decrease in cases of terrorist attacks in the world. Moreover, the reduction or increase in the number of recruits into the group can tell. Therefore, a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks and the number of recruits is an indicator that success has been achieved. Indeed, the more terrorism is confronted as a global phenomenon, the better the chances of winning the battle (Combs, 2015).
- Combs, C. C. (2015). Terrorism in the twenty-first century. Routledge.