Right-wing terrorism

Right-wing terrorism, hard right terrorism, extreme right terrorism or far-right terrorism is terrorism that is motivated by a variety of different right-wing and far-right ideologies, most prominently, it is motivated by neo-Nazism, anti-communism, neo-fascism, ecofascism, ethnonationalism, religious nationalism, and anti-government patriot/sovereign citizen beliefs, and occasionally, it is motivated by opposition to abortion, tax resistance, and homophobia.[1] Modern right-wing terrorism largely emerged in Western Europe in the 1970s, and after the Revolutions of 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, it emerged in Eastern Europe and Russia.[2]

Right-wing terrorists aim to overthrow governments and replace them with nationalist and/or fascist regimes.[1] They believe that their actions will trigger events that will ultimately lead to the establishment of these authoritarian governments.[3] Although they frequently take inspiration from Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Imperial Japan with some exceptions, right-wing terrorist groups frequently lack a rigid ideology.[4] Right-wing terrorists tend to target people who they consider members of alien communities, but they may also target political opponents, such as left-wing groups and individuals. The attacks which are perpetrated by right-wing terrorists are not indiscriminate attacks which are perpetrated by individuals and groups which simply seek to kill people; the targets of these attacks are carefully chosen. Because the targets of these attacks are often entire sections of communities, they are not targeted as individuals, instead, they are targeted because they are representatives of groups which are considered alien, inferior and threatening by them.[5][6]

  1. ^ a b Aubrey 2004, p. 45.
  2. ^ Moghadam & Eubank 2006, p. 57.
  3. ^ Cameron, Gavin. Nuclear terrorism: a threat assessment for the 21st century. Springer, 1999, p. 115.
  4. ^ Moghadam & Eubank 2006, p. 58.
  5. ^ Cameron, Gavin. Nuclear terrorism: a threat assessment for the 21st century. Springer, 1999, p.115
  6. ^ Hoffman, Bruce. "The contrasting ethical foundations of terrorism in the 1980s." Terrorism and Political Violence 1, no. 3 (1989): 361–377, p.10

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