By Dipak K. Gupta

What's terrorism? -- Terrorism in historical past -- Terrorist teams -- Terrorist leaders or peacemakers? -- Islam and the West: clash among civilizations -- The terrorist profile -- God, weapons, and gangs: figuring out terrorists' motivations -- How humans turn into terrorists -- struggling with terrorism

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They are linked with al Qaeda and believe in an extreme interpretation of Islam. The group aims at overthrowing the current Lebanese government and transforming the country into a strict Islamic model. They have used car bombs and attacks on rival groups. AUM SHINRIKYO Aum Shinrikyo is a Japanese religious cult group that draws heavily from Hindu and Buddhist images and teachings. It was established in 1987 by Shoko Asahara (born Chizuo Matsumoto), with the goal of taking over Japan and then the rest of world to form a global society after its own image.

Singapore, 1999. Copyright © 1993 The Nobel Foundation. Reprinted by permission. 51 52 Who Are the Terrorists? As you can see, all three of these men took up arms against those, who, in their minds, posed a grave danger to their people. Mr. Begin wanted a new state for the Jews: Israel. After two thousand years of persecution, which resulted in the attempted Holocaust14 of the entire European Jewish population by Hitler’s Germany, Begin saw the only path to the survival of his community in the creation of a sovereign Jewish state.

Also, the Indian government implicated the group along with Lashkar-i-Tayyiba (see below) for the December 13, 2001, attack on the Indian Parliament, which killed 9 and injured 18. The attack brought India and Pakistan, which both have nuclear weapons, to the brink of war. JEMAAH ISLAMIYA (JI) Jemaah Islamiya (JI) is a jihadi group that wants to establish an Islamic state that would include Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand. The group is responsible for bombing the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta on August 5, 2003.

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