The law against terrorism, does it interpret the tale of David against Goliath? : As told in the first Book of Samuel, Chapter XVII of The Old Testament
This tale occurs in a context of war between Israel and the Philistines. The Philistines sent their champion, Goliath, to appear before the Jews. Goliath was an absolutely monstrous being. He presented a challenge to the Jews that they choose a champion who would fight against him. The winner would bring victory to his people, the loser would bring slavery. He returned back twice a day for forty day to state his challenge. David was a young shepherd whose brothers were at war against the Philistines. He went to visit them and thus came to know about the challenge that Goliath has put forth and decides to raise this challenge. Armed with only one sling, David advances ahead of Goliath. While Goliath rushes toward him David sling his weapon and throws a rock which hit the forehead of Goliath, thus sinking and making the man collapse. David, the shepherd who was apparently low overcame huge Goliath. Today, the myth remains in the collective memory as the battle between two opponents of unequal strength, the weak against the strong. Today's topic focuses on the relationship between law and terrorism. The two concepts seem to oppose terrorism as an act outside the law. Raymond Aron said, 'A violent action is called terrorism when its psychological effects are out of proportion to it's purely results physical peace and war among nations'. This is the whole issue of terrorism. Indeed, a terrorist act has rarely (even though September 11, 2001 is the opposite example) been in large number of victims. The key feature of terrorism is to create a climate of fear, a fear in society. According to Paul Wilkinson, terrorism is 'the systematic use of political violence by small groups of conspirators whose goal is to influence political positions rather than physically defeating the enemy'. The 2001 attack marks a change in people's views in relation to terrorism. Terrorism seems ubiquitous and the attacks are increasing day by day. We often have the impression that terrorism is a new weapon. However, if the attacks of September 11th, 2001 have effectively made greater forum in terrorism, but terrorism is not a new phenomenon. Terrorism is present since antiquity. In the early days state or its premises, tried to cope with the physical and illegitimate political violence. The links between terrorism and the state are very strong, because the first is aimed precisely to attack the second. By combating terrorism, how does the law forges the modern state? In this battle between terrorism and the state, who is David and who is Goliath?
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