History Main / WesternTerrorists

23rd May '17 10:18:12 PM Xtifr
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Some groups of Western Terrorists that have appeared in media and news are various AnimalWrongsGroup, whose actions have been dubbed eco-terrorism. There are also [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia groups]]. Other examples include extreme nationalists, racial supremacists, violent leftists, religious radicals and separatist movements. UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland is a notable example - a definitely European dispute, with white Christians involved in sectarian violence which included riots and violence. (On the other hand, the Irish Republican terrorist/resistance movement is definitely anti-colonialist, and anti-colonialism is usually thought to be a non-Western theme.) A similar notable example are the conflicts between Russians and Chechen separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In recent years, there are those who commit terrorism in the West as lone wolves without being affiliated with known established terrorist organizations; often they are [[TeensAreMonsters psychopathic young people]] subscribing to some nihilistic ideology that makes sense only to them (Jared Loughner and James Holmes being two high-profile examples).

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Some groups of Western Terrorists that have appeared in media and news are various AnimalWrongsGroup, whose actions have been dubbed eco-terrorism.[[EcoTerrorist eco-terrorism]]. There are also [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia groups]]. Other examples include extreme nationalists, racial supremacists, violent leftists, religious radicals and separatist movements. UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland is a notable example - a definitely European dispute, with white Christians involved in sectarian violence which included riots and violence. (On the other hand, the Irish Republican terrorist/resistance movement is definitely anti-colonialist, and anti-colonialism is usually thought to be a non-Western theme.) A similar notable example are the conflicts between Russians and Chechen separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In recent years, there are those who commit terrorism in the West as lone wolves without being affiliated with known established terrorist organizations; often they are [[TeensAreMonsters psychopathic young people]] subscribing to some nihilistic ideology that makes sense only to them (Jared Loughner and James Holmes being two high-profile examples).
18th May '17 3:35:15 PM FireCrawler2002
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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.

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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (typically defined as Europe and North America, America and Europe, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.



** To quote [[http://theatlantic.com/doc/200804/iraq-movies this handy article]], "But Bauer'ss ass-kicking takes place in a landscape straight out of the '70s, in which America's terrorist enemies are enabled by (in no particular order) [[spoiler:a cabal of businessmen hoping to foment a Middle Eastern war and benefit from skyrocketing oil prices; a group of hawkish Cabinet officials who plot to remove from office (or assassinate) their dovish superiors; a Nixonian chief executive who permits terrorist attacks on American soil as a pretext for U.S. military intervention in Central Asia; and an endless host of traitors inside America's antiterrorism outfit.]]"

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** To quote [[http://theatlantic.com/doc/200804/iraq-movies this handy article]], "But Bauer'ss Bauer's ass-kicking takes place in a landscape straight out of the '70s, in which America's terrorist enemies are enabled by (in no particular order) [[spoiler:a cabal of businessmen hoping to foment a Middle Eastern war and benefit from skyrocketing oil prices; a group of hawkish Cabinet officials who plot to remove from office (or assassinate) their dovish superiors; a Nixonian chief executive who permits terrorist attacks on American soil as a pretext for U.S. military intervention in Central Asia; and an endless host of traitors inside America's antiterrorism outfit.]]"



* The TV-movie ''Meltdown''. Former US soldiers faking an attempt to blow up a nuclear powerplant to make a statement. "Our terrorist is GI Joe."

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* The TV-movie ''Meltdown''. Former US soldiers faking an attempt to blow up a nuclear powerplant power plant to make a statement. "Our terrorist is GI Joe."
16th May '17 6:11:17 PM FireCrawler2002
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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.

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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.



Some groups of Western Terrorists that have appeared in media and news are various AnimalWrongsGroup, whose actions have been dubbed eco-terrorism. There are also [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia groups]]. Other examples include extreme nationalists, racial supremacists, violent leftists, religious radicals and separatist movements. UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland is a notable example - a definitely European dispute, with white Christians involved in sectarian violence which included riots and violence. (On the other hand, the Irish Republican terrorist/resistance movement is definitely anti-colonialist, and anti-colonialism is usually thought to be a non-Western theme.) A similar notable example are the conflicts between Russians and Chechnyan separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In recent years, there are those who commit terrorism in the West as lone wolves without being affiliated with known established terrorist organizations; often they are [[TeensAreMonsters psychopathic young people]] subscribing to some nihilistic ideology that makes sense only to them (Jared Loughner and James Holmes being two high-profile examples).

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Some groups of Western Terrorists that have appeared in media and news are various AnimalWrongsGroup, whose actions have been dubbed eco-terrorism. There are also [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia groups]]. Other examples include extreme nationalists, racial supremacists, violent leftists, religious radicals and separatist movements. UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland is a notable example - a definitely European dispute, with white Christians involved in sectarian violence which included riots and violence. (On the other hand, the Irish Republican terrorist/resistance movement is definitely anti-colonialist, and anti-colonialism is usually thought to be a non-Western theme.) A similar notable example are the conflicts between Russians and Chechnyan Chechen separatists in the Russian republic of Chechnya. In recent years, there are those who commit terrorism in the West as lone wolves without being affiliated with known established terrorist organizations; often they are [[TeensAreMonsters psychopathic young people]] subscribing to some nihilistic ideology that makes sense only to them (Jared Loughner and James Holmes being two high-profile examples).
15th May '17 7:39:00 PM nombretomado
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{{Creators}} may opt to draw from RealLife terrorism cases, from Anders Breivik to the Oklahoma City bombers Timothy [=McVeigh=] and Terry Nichols, to the [[TheTroubles long-running intercommunal strife in Northern Ireland]], instead of the arguably more topical example of Middle Eastern terrorists. They may find Western terrorism more interesting than its counterparts in the rest of the world, simply because it is much more multidimensional in scope. Additionally, using Western villains often seems like an easy way of skirting any racial or ethnic UnfortunateImplications (though many Middle Easterners ''are'' of Caucasian descent, or at least look it). However, there is also danger with this approach: if used in improbable contexts, or to replace non-Western terrorists in an adaptation or update, the use of Western terrorists can start to look like a cheap case of AcceptableTargets.

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{{Creators}} may opt to draw from RealLife terrorism cases, from Anders Breivik to the Oklahoma City bombers Timothy [=McVeigh=] and Terry Nichols, to the [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles long-running intercommunal strife in Northern Ireland]], instead of the arguably more topical example of Middle Eastern terrorists. They may find Western terrorism more interesting than its counterparts in the rest of the world, simply because it is much more multidimensional in scope. Additionally, using Western villains often seems like an easy way of skirting any racial or ethnic UnfortunateImplications (though many Middle Easterners ''are'' of Caucasian descent, or at least look it). However, there is also danger with this approach: if used in improbable contexts, or to replace non-Western terrorists in an adaptation or update, the use of Western terrorists can start to look like a cheap case of AcceptableTargets.
14th May '17 8:17:26 PM Fireblood
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/TrueLies''. The film's antagonists from the get-go are the Crimson Jihad, a partly Islamic, partly anti-colonialist terrorist organization led by Salim Abu Aziz, the "Sand Spider." The Crimson Jihad threaten to detonate a nuclear bomb in Florida if their demands are not met. The terrorists are all of Middle Eastern or North African descent - but they've got an accomplice in the form of Juno Skinner, a female American millionaire art collector. While Skinner obviously has nonwhite ancestry [[note]] She is played by Tia Carrere, an actress of partly Chinese and Filipino descent. [[/note]], her features are not Hamito-Semitic at all. And she's not a Moslem; indeed, her face is always visible and she [[ShowSomeLeg shows quite a bit of leg]] throughout the movie. Furthermore, when Schwarzenegger's Harry Tasker demands to know why Skinner is scheming against her own country, she assures him she doesn't care at all about the Crimson Jihad's cause; she's just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it because Aziz is paying her a lot of money]]. Skinner's role is to help the terrorists smuggle bombs into the U.S. by concealing them within hollowed-out ancient Persian reliefs that are (or were) part of her antiquities collection.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/TrueLies''. The film's antagonists from the get-go are the Crimson Jihad, a partly Islamic, partly anti-colonialist terrorist organization led by Salim Abu Aziz, the "Sand Spider." The Crimson Jihad threaten to detonate a nuclear bomb in Florida if their demands are not met. The terrorists are all of Middle Eastern or North African descent - descent, but they've got an accomplice in the form of Juno Skinner, a female American millionaire art collector. While Skinner obviously has nonwhite ancestry [[note]] She ancestry[[note]]She is played by Tia Carrere, an actress of partly Chinese and Filipino descent. descent.[[/note]], her features are not Hamito-Semitic Semitic at all. And she's not a Moslem; Muslim; indeed, her face is always visible and she [[ShowSomeLeg shows quite a bit of leg]] throughout the movie. Furthermore, when Schwarzenegger's Harry Tasker demands to know why Skinner is scheming against her own country, she assures him she doesn't care at all about the Crimson Jihad's cause; she's just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it because Aziz is paying her a lot of money]]. Skinner's role is to help the terrorists smuggle bombs into the U.S. by concealing them within hollowed-out ancient Persian reliefs that are (or were) part of her antiquities collection.



* The Western half of the two terrorist factions engaging in EvilVersusEvil in Literature/TheOregonFiles book ''Sacred Stone'' want to use a nuclear weapon to blow up Mecca and destroy Islam. It is a rather unique set-up of this, since the head of the organization is not stated to believe in the superiority of any one religion or race, he just [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge really]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution really]]'' hates Islam and Muslims.

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* The Western half of the two terrorist factions engaging in EvilVersusEvil in Literature/TheOregonFiles book ''Sacred Stone'' want to use a nuclear weapon to blow up Mecca and destroy Islam. It is a rather unique set-up of this, since the head of the organization is not stated to believe in the superiority of any one religion or race, he just [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge really]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution really]]'' hates Islam and Muslims.




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* The Western half of the two terrorist factions engaging in EvilVersusEvil in Literature/TheOregonFiles book ''Sacred Stone'' want to use a nuclear weapon to blow up Mecca and destroy Islam. It is a rather unique set-up of this, since the head of the organization is not stated to believe in the superiority of any one religion or race, he just [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge really]] ''[[DisproportionateRetribution really]]'' hates Islam and Muslims.



* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' dealt with two Western, non-Arab converts to Islam who decided to become suicide bombers. Which may, in turn, have been inspired by the RealLife case of John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban".

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* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' dealt with two Western, non-Arab converts to Islam who decided to become suicide bombers. Which may, may in turn, turn have been inspired by the RealLife case of John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban".



* ''{{Series/Guerrilla}}'': The faction of British Black Panthers Jas and Marcus are with, plus the German Marxist group they seek help from. Also a member of the Quebecois separatist/Marxist FLQ is introduced.

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* ''{{Series/Guerrilla}}'': The faction of British Black Panthers Jas and Marcus are with, plus the IRA and the German Marxist group they seek help from. Also a member of the Quebecois separatist/Marxist FLQ is introduced.
1st May '17 6:24:28 PM Fireblood
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* Over the course of the series, ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had episodes involving a number of these. They ran the gauntlet from radical anti-abortion bombers, a right-wing militia based out of the suburbs committing armored car robberies to fund their activities and once instance of a murder committed by a young white American-born man who wanted to become a radical Islamic terrorist.

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* Over the course of the series, ''Series/LawAndOrder'' had episodes involving a number of these. They ran the gauntlet from radical anti-abortion bombers, a right-wing militia based out of the suburbs committing armored car robberies to fund their activities and once one instance of a murder committed by a young white American-born man who wanted to become a radical Islamic terrorist.terrorist. There was also an Islamic terrorist cell who ''pretended'' to be a white racist group as a means of killing a fellow Muslim who would have revealed their plans to commit an attack.



* Richard Thompson's song about terrorism, "Guns are the Tongues," seems to be about the IRA (he's said the organization is meant to be generic, but the checkpoint they blow up is in Glengary and there are other hints). Who the terrorists are, though, is really incidental - the point of the song is that there are other reasons besides ideological fervor one might become a terrorist (in this case, being seduced and rather mentally unbalanced to begin with) and that the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters freedom fighter/ brutal terrorist line is really very subjective if it exists at all]].

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* Richard Thompson's song about terrorism, "Guns are the Tongues," seems to be about the IRA (he's said the organization is meant to be generic, but the checkpoint they blow up is in Glengary and there are other hints). Who the terrorists are, though, is really incidental - the point of the song is that there are other reasons besides ideological fervor one might become a terrorist (in this case, being seduced and rather mentally unbalanced to begin with) and that the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters freedom fighter/ brutal fighter/brutal terrorist line is really very subjective if it exists at all]].
1st May '17 6:08:15 PM Fireblood
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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.

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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically (typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.



{{Creators}} may opt to draw from RealLife terrorism cases, from Anders Breivik to the Oklahoma City bombers Timothy [=McVeigh=] and Terry Nichols, to the [[TheTroubles civilian mass-murders orchestrated in Northern Ireland]], instead of the arguably more topical example of Middle Eastern terrorists. They may find Western terrorism more interesting than its counterparts in the rest of the world, simply because it is much more multidimensional in scope. Additionally, using Western villains often seems like an easy way of skirting any racial or ethnic UnfortunateImplications (though many Middle Easterners ''are'' of Caucasian descent, or at least look it). However, there is also danger with this approach: if used in improbable contexts, or to replace non-Western terrorists in an adaptation or update, the use of Western terrorists can start to look like a cheap case of AcceptableTargets.

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{{Creators}} may opt to draw from RealLife terrorism cases, from Anders Breivik to the Oklahoma City bombers Timothy [=McVeigh=] and Terry Nichols, to the [[TheTroubles civilian mass-murders orchestrated long-running intercommunal strife in Northern Ireland]], instead of the arguably more topical example of Middle Eastern terrorists. They may find Western terrorism more interesting than its counterparts in the rest of the world, simply because it is much more multidimensional in scope. Additionally, using Western villains often seems like an easy way of skirting any racial or ethnic UnfortunateImplications (though many Middle Easterners ''are'' of Caucasian descent, or at least look it). However, there is also danger with this approach: if used in improbable contexts, or to replace non-Western terrorists in an adaptation or update, the use of Western terrorists can start to look like a cheap case of AcceptableTargets.



This trope should not be confused with ''Partisans'' - resistance groups who fight regular military forces (in other words, guerrillas). Unlike Terrorists, Partisans are perfectly legal under international law - if ''and only if'' they have a chain of command, some means of identification from a distance, and carry their weapons openly. Otherwise, they are unlawful combatants. Note, this doesn't prevent characters from calling their attacks ''terrorism'' despite their legal legitimacy. Partisans are covered here on TVTropes as LaResistance. To be a true terrorist, one must both be ideologically motivated and engage in what is widely recognized as violent criminal behavior.

Partially TruthInTelevision, in the United States, you are seven times more likely to be killed by a homegrown political extremist than an Islamic fundamentalist.

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This trope should not be confused with ''Partisans'' ''partisans'' - resistance groups who fight regular military forces (in other words, guerrillas). Unlike Terrorists, Partisans terrorists, partisans are perfectly legal under international law - if ''and only if'' they have a chain of command, some means of identification from a distance, and carry their weapons openly. Otherwise, they are unlawful combatants. Note, this doesn't prevent characters from calling their attacks ''terrorism'' despite their legal legitimacy. Partisans are covered here on TVTropes as LaResistance. To be a true terrorist, one must both be ideologically motivated and engage in what is widely recognized as violent criminal behavior.

Partially TruthInTelevision, in the United States, States; you are seven times more likely to be killed by a homegrown political extremist than an Islamic fundamentalist.
fundamentalist. In fact, the most common form of American terrorism is by environmental extremists, though usually this doesn't harm anyone (since they avoid it).



* The organization ran by "General Ludd" in the episode of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' of the same name was a militant group trying to bring about the downfall of American capitalism.

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* The organization ran run by "General Ludd" in the episode of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' of the same name was a militant group trying to bring about the downfall of American capitalism.
* ''{{Series/Guerrilla}}'': The faction of British Black Panthers Jas and Marcus are with, plus the German Marxist group they seek help from. Also a member of the Quebecois separatist/Marxist FLQ is introduced.
25th Apr '17 1:55:14 PM FireCrawler2002
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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus can be considered either Western or Eastern.

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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as Europe and North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus can terrorists from those countries could be considered either Western or Eastern.
25th Apr '17 1:54:03 PM FireCrawler2002
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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as North America and Europe (With the possible exceptions of Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia, which can fall under Asia and the East instead), though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not).

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Basically, a group of terrorists who are mostly from the West (Typically defined as North America and Europe (With the possible exceptions of Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia, which can fall under Asia and the East instead), North America, though South America and Oceania can also be included), and who are mainly influenced by cultural, political or religious ideas of Western origin. The trope may also cover a single individual. What makes someone "Western" can be rather hazy and difficult to define, since it's not simply a matter of where the person was born or grew up (many Islamic terrorists, generally regarded as non-Western, lived the majority of their lives in the West, and for that matter many elements of Islamic culture - coffee and yogurt, for instance, were originally Arabic and Turkish foods, respectively - have profoundly influenced Western society and vice versa, making it tough to ascertain who's "Western" and who's not). \n Furthermore, several culturally and/or politically European countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Russia) have the majority of or all their land in Asia, and thus can be considered either Western or Eastern.
21st Apr '17 10:17:23 AM CosmicFerret
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* An episode of ''[[LawAndOrder Law And Order: Criminal Intent]]'' dealt with two Western, non-Arab converts to Islam who decided to become suicide bombers. Which may, in turn, have been inspired by the RealLife case of John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban".

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* An episode of ''[[LawAndOrder Law And Order: Criminal Intent]]'' ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' dealt with two Western, non-Arab converts to Islam who decided to become suicide bombers. Which may, in turn, have been inspired by the RealLife case of John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban".
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