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By Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a transformation of scene from his local Belfast. He turned headline information whilst he was once abducted by means of fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held within the suburbs of Beirut for the subsequent 4 and a part years. for a lot of that point he used to be close off from all information and call with someone except his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, among them John McCarthy.

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Moreover, terrorism’s victimization is wrought with gender dynamics. Given that the fight against terrorism is perceived as a war, it is logical to expect that more men than women are victims of terrorist violence. Men make up the majority of fighters in terrorist organizations and men predominate in militaries fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. A way to gauge the gendering of terrorism’s victims is to look at the sex identity of victims killed by terrorist organizations. This data is hard to come by worldwide, but the Basque Country in Spain provides an interesting gender analysis.

As more women began participating on the same level as men…their male comrades began to change their own stereotypical views of women” (104). Post (2005) explains that the typical pathway to involvement in nationalseparatist terrorism is through the family. Terrorists “are carrying on the mission of their parents and grandparents…they are loyal to families that are disloyal to the regime” (619–620). However, women’s recruitment to ETA often occurred during their participation in Basque amnesty and prisoners’ rights groups (discussed in Chapter 4) and after initial exposure to the violence of Spanish security forces (MacDonald, 1991).

Cunningham (2010) reports about onethird of terrorists in FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) are women, and 20% of Italian terrorists in the 1960s and 1970s were women. Terrorist organizations composed of large numbers of women also include the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in Peru, and ETA in Spain and France. Growth in women’s participation is especially evident in Islamic terrorism. Al Qaeda uses women in operations because of the shock value they bring, even as the network claims a lesser role in society and politics for women than men.

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