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Suppressive Entities

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Suppressive entities along with aggrieved populations and supportive entities complete the triangle of terrorism. Suppressive entities may be states, corporations, groups, or individuals. While supportive entities generally support legitimate demands of the aggrieved population, suppressive entities do the opposite. The purpose of suppressive terrorism is to negate what militant terrorism asserts; it denies rights of the aggrieved populations that militant terrorists espouse and promote. The purpose of exaggeration of terror threats begin to gather legitimacy when no terror attack occurs despite repeated elevation of terror threats by suppressive entities. No theory of terrorism may claim moral respectability that discounts or justifies the pain and suffering of suppressive entities. The strategy of dehumanization, an old warfare technique practiced in many parts of the world, is primarily aimed at creating a politically and morally acceptable climate to punish militants with minimal popular disapproval.

Keywords: aggrieved populations; exaggeration of terror; pain and suffering; strategy of dehumanization; suppressive entities; suppressive terrorism



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