Symbolism in Terrorism: Motivation, Communication, and Behavior by Jonathan Matusitz
English | October 16th, 2014 | ASIN: B00NPRQ85G, ISBN: 1442235772, 1442235780 | 354 Pages | EPUB | 1.19 MB
The symbolic value of targets is what differentiates terrorism from other forms of extreme violence. Terrorism is designed to inflict deep psychological wounds on an enemy rather than demolish its material ability to fight. The September 11, 2001 attacks, for example, demonstrated the power of symbolism. The World Trade Center was targeted by Al Qaeda because the Twin Towers epitomized Western civilization, U.S. imperialism, financial success, modernity, and freedom.