Write a clear and descriptive narrative that:

Examines and details a current or a suspected domestic terrorist group or an individual; and a current or suspected international terrorist group or individual (a total of 2-groups or individuals – one domestic and one foreign) and compare and contrast your selections to clearly identify and discuss:

Key group / individual similarities and differences.

Clearly detail at least one specific terrorist activity or attack which is/was attributable to each group / individual selected; and:

Examine the primary motive(s) behind each of the above identified terrorist acts.

Finally, provide and support your opinion as to which network or individual selected, poses the greatest threat to the U.S. along with your clear and detailed assessment as to why.

Research and investigation beyond those materials indicated in the course-ware will be required.

Your assignment must be properly formatted and cited using the most recent edition of the APA manual.

Your assignment must be a minimum of 2 full pages, not counting cover page and reference page material. Your writing can be longer, but it cannot be under the minimum indicated page-count.

Do not simply list questions and respond – your work is intended to be a complete, integrative narrative that embodies an introduction, a body within which you respond to the targeted questions, and a summary and conclusion.

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Consequence Management: Domestic and International Terrorism

Consequence Management: Domestic and International Terrorism

Terrorism determines to destroy public confidence regarding security. Frequently, terrorists attack the most preferred and familiar places to the majority. Noteworthy, terrorist attacks can happen within a country’s boundaries or in another nation, thus defining domestic and foreign/international terrorism. Terrorism attacks, despite their unique characteristics and intensity, share the commonality of ruining security. Notable similarities and differences can be detected. A recent and familiar example of a domestic attack is the 2019 El Paso attack at Walmart by Patrick Crusius. Alternatively, the 2015 Boko Haram attack on Baga town is an example of a foreign attack. This essay examines and discusses the two attacks mentioned above to understand consequence management.

Similarities

Terrorist attacks, whether domestic or international, abide by some principles and are driven by particular motives. For example, in the two cases, the security of the crime scenes is affected, inflicting fear and anxiety. Boko Haram’s attack on Baga town was motivated by the belief that Nigeria should be transformed into an Islamic (Borum, 2015). Correspondingly, Patrick’s attack on Walmart was inspired by the quest to advocate for white supremacy. In both attacks, people lose lives while others incur injuries ranging from medium to severe. 23 people were killed, and 23 injured at the Walmart attack, while more than 2,000 people were killed in the Baga town attack.

Differences

Amenably, each attack is unique in some ways, and therefore, there is a marked difference. One of the apparent differences is that the Baga town attack was executed by a terrorist group, while an individual perpetrated the attack at Walmart. Worth noting as well, El Paso attack is considered domestic terrorism since it occurs within America’s states (El Paso, Texas). On the other hand, the Boko Haram killing at Baga town is an international attack. Based in Nigeria, Baga town and its environs suffered this group’s cruelty.

Primary Motive: El Paso Attack     

The El Paso attack had much to do with white supremacy beliefs and movements. After the attacker’s arrest in an interview designed for investigation, the attacker said that he targeted El Paso families, including mothers, children, and fathers. Before the victim made a move, he posted a message online claiming that the attack was a response to Hispanics who had settled in Texas, terming them invaders. The city where the attack took place is probably the most populated of Hispanic descent area (Wirtz & Rohrbeck, 2018). White supremacy attacks have been increasingly growing. 

 Primary Motive: Baga Town Attack

Boko Haram’s attack on Baga town and its surroundings was motivated by the belief that the Nigerian government should be overthrown and made an Islamic State. This group has caused havoc throughout the country, denying residents a decent livelihood and harmonious existence (Borum, 2015). Ethno-religious clashes have inspired most of Boko Haram’s attacks affecting the country’s stability and progress. The adverse effects of the civilian population residing around this area were killed, and hundreds of others were forced to vacate their homes.

Which of the two poses the greatest threat to the U. S

Since 2008, after the election of President Obama, white supremacy movements have been on the rise. In the 1980s, Democrats could suppress the existing dissensions between white natives and other ethnic communities like Hispanics, Jews, and other communities. Subsequently, the Boko Haram operates majorly in northeast Africa, particularly Nigeria. Although this group’s possibility of attacking the United States is not far-fetched, Walmart’s domestic attack poses the greatest threat. Its escalation rate cannot be anticipated.

 Conclusion

By examining the El Paso attack and the Baga town attack, this paper ultimately provided a discussion to understand consequence management. One of the attacks is considered domestic, while the other is international. The Walmart attack is termed domestic since it happens in El Paso, Texas. Conversely, the attack by Boko Haram and its surroundings took place at Baga town, Northeast Nigeria. In both incidences, the motive to destroy the security and inflict fear and anxiety inspired the attacks. Also, lives are lost in both cases, with multiple casualties. A notable difference is observable since one attack is perpetrated by a group, while an individual carries out the other. Both attackers pose a serious threat to United States security. However, the domestic attack at El Paso stances the greatest threat. Terrorism is true, a significant threat to peace, security, and prosperity.

References

Borum, R. (2015). Assessing risk for terrorism involvement. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management2(2), 63.

Wirtz, P. W., & Rohrbeck, C. A. (2018). The dynamic role of perceived threat and self-efficacy in motivating terrorism preparedness behaviors. International journal of disaster risk reduction27, 366-372.