Terorrism and a liberal-democratic state

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 1, 2008

Original scientific paper

Marita Brčić   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-8556-0696 ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Splitu, Split, Croatia 

pages 5-20



Terrorism is a phenomenon that has been present for many centuries. The fight against terrorism is as old as terrorism itself. In the new era it takes on a new dimension but still with no successful results. The reason for that can be found in the impossibility of forming a consensus on what terrorism is and who terrorists are. The perception of terrorism has changed after the attack on the WTC and within the organisation of the fight against terrorism. That struggle today, in its efforts to win against terrorist organisations, leaves a deep mark on the institutions and processes in a liberal democratic society. A person in the West can be a victim of terrorist attacks but also a victim of control and deprivation of freedom, which is implemented by legitimate elected political governance, in the fight against terrorism. Today there is a significant danger that a liberal democratic state will become a state of terrorism and take terrorist actions on its citizens and all in the name of security.


democracy; innocent victims; liberalism; the media; state terrorism; terrorist; the West