What role does propaganda play in terrorist attacks and who benefits from it?
Propaganda is indispensable to terrorists; they care about the greatest publicity, that is the sense of their actions. To make the media interested in their message, they strive for such forms of activity that will attract the attention of the mass audience. The media are constantly looking for “news”, and especially sensationalism, enthusiastically describe their actions, giving them precious publicity. Providing sensationalism, they allow journalists to earn. This happens without any agreement – only through a mutual understanding of mutual benefits. Without this informal alliance with the media, terrorism would be much less dangerous because: “without the world of the press and television, without acts of terror, the initiators plan them so as to make them popular. But the message for politicians also plays an important role. Terrorists usually make political demands. But politicians too benefit from the terrorist activities because this is how they can consolidate society around the fight against the common evil. The greater the threat, the easier it is to get the unity of society, especially voters. Every success in the fight against terrorism is a great victory for the rulers. The opposition also eagerly exposes a threat to attack the government for weakness and indecision, to propose its own fighting program. In this way, different participants of events, guided by completely different motives, complement each other in action.