Can terrorism be justified?

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Can terrorism be justified?

The devastation and destruction that terrorism causes has impacted greatly on the USA and the world. The 1983 Beirut barracks bombings have shown how terrorism is not justified, and how it has caused a worldwide issue, involving not only America but France, England and Italy. The bombings were not justified by the group/individuals responsible, and their reasons for the attacks were not supported, and not accepted by many nations around the world. The 1983 Beirut barracks bombings is just one example in history that shows how terrorism is not justified.

The attack on the 23rd of October 1983 was unjustified, it was not supported by the perpetrators and no significant reason was included before; after or during the attacks. The attack was barbarous and was one of the first suicide car bombings (with significant impact) in history. The killing of so many loved ones, men who were loyal, honourable and stood up for their nation, is tragic, and caused only fear, pain and shock in many American people at the time of the attack "…More than 200 of the sleeping men were killed in that one hideous, insane attack.

Many others suffered injury and are hospitalized here or in Europe. This was not the end of the horror…"-(Stated by Ronald Reagan Oct 27th 1983). Though the attack was quite significant, it was not backed up, which has made it and important event to show how terrorism cannot be justified.

The attacks killed over 240 US marines, and this action was a direct threat against the USA, and France, which also felt the death toll go up to around 50 paratroopers. The MNF (Multination Force in Lebanon), had a reason for being in Lebanon, their intentions were for peace and stability in the area "...what exactly...