Consider our readings from the radical right-wing terrorist Pierluigi Concutelli and from the interviews with radical left-wing terrorists conducted by Cataldo and Neuburger. Did these people all become terrorists for simila

Many scholars and historians have focused much of their research on the reasons why people have chosen to become terrorists in the past, one way of researching this was through the interviews of past or current people considered to be terrorists. In the interview with the right-wing terrorist Pierluigi Concutelli, he explains many of the reasons why he chose to join, whether it was for the power or just to be part of a movement bigger than himself. In the interviews of radical left-wing terrorists by Cataldo and Neuburger, three different people with very different roles explained why they chose to join groups such as Prima Linea where they used violence to achieve a ?more just, freer society.? While the overall goals of both these groups were very different, the people who chose to join them did so for similar reasons in hopes of making a difference. At a societal level right-wing terrorist groups have extremely opposing views of how their governments should be run than those of the left-wing terrorists, yet individually their members all joined for very similar reasons including the ability to exert power and influence over others, being part of a larger overall movement and because of the specific context and events happening around them. With such similar reasons for becoming terrorists, it is no wonder both sides ended up fighting a common enemy as opposed to one another.
Peirreluigi Concutelli?s memoir explains some of the reasons he and many of his fellow Fascists resorted to violence and terrorism in order to get their message across. Concutelli tells how he was born into an age of hatred where, ?Men and boys with machine-guns and with a dream that seemed within arms? reach against men and boys who were defending a dream already dead and done with. I am a child of those days?? (Concutelli, 2). This shows that with so much violence surrounding him, it was only a matter of time before he would join in to make a difference for what he believed in. While attending university in Sicily he began to meet fellow right-wing Fascists who would tell stories about how much better things were without the Christian Democrats who were currently in charge. Hearing these stories and finding people with similar beliefs to him ?gave me a sense of belonging that was real but at the same time dangerous? I came to live in a kind of Indian reservation deliberately set up for just a few of the elect. It was quality against quantity. We were in the right, the others were wrong.? (Concutelli, 4). While at this point Concutelli was not yet willing to become a terrorist for his ideology, he soon realized that his Fascist comrades were becoming a minority and as their persecution increased so did their lust for revenge. The press also instigated violence by blaming Fascists for many bombing attacks where those responsible were never caught. ?Without the right to speak?we were excluded at the newspapers, the universities, the schools? It was in this atmosphere that, slowly, under their voices, people started talking about armed struggle.? (Concutelli, 7). These are some of the main reasons a University educated man such as Concutelli chose to become an assassin and live the rest of his life in jail rather than live out a normal life without his preferred political system.
Left-wing terrorists who were interviewed in Women and Terrorism shows how terrorists at this time came from all walks of life and that ethnicity, gender and age had no effect on what people were willing to do. The terrorist ?F? who was interviewed after spending four and a half years in prison for participating in three murders said she joined Prima Linea because of ?the pervasive feeling of the youth being powerless to change things and an impatience with waiting for the birth of a more just, freer society.? (De Cataldo Neuburger, 99). With such dissatisfaction with her current government, F chose to fight back by housing other terrorist members tasked with committing the murders and acts of violence. While this is not a huge role as a terrorist it was still important and in her mind it helped pave