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About "Debunking Root Causes of Terrorism"
What causes terrorism? Not whatever the other team claims. This brief will help you prove that and can be used generically against multiple AFF cases that will try to fight or reduce terrorism in the world. You may not have specifics on their plan, but with this generic brief you can still respond with evidence and have a chance of winning. This brief could also be used when going AFF if Negatives are running disadvantages that say your plan is going to increase terrorism by promoting one of the causes of terrorism. If these are not genuine causes of terrorism, then the Disad never happens and your AFF plan can still win.
Included are responses to the ideas that religion, economics, intervention, oppression, anti-U.S. sentiments, and the environment cause terrorism. The arguments under oppression are tied to the idea that we cannot really solve corruption in Africa. Their system has been messed up for a long time and it will remain so.
The brief also lists some specific causes at the beginning. This evidence is provided so that you will have alternate causes you can argue that are different from what the other team says, if needed. (After all, SOMETHING must be causing terrorism, right?) You don’t have to use them, but if needed, use this evidence carefully so that the alternatives you provide are different from what the opposing, to give the judge an alternate framework to evaluate the problem. And be sure you don’t make contradictory arguments by claiming something causes and doesn’t cause terrorism in the same debate round. At the very least these alternate causes can be used as solvency arguments to prove AFF can’t solve because something else is the real cause.
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After having a lukewarm novice year as a sophomore, Jonathan gained an affinity for debate and research. He qualified to NITOC in both his junior and senior years in TP and Parli and won several tournaments in TP. Currently, he is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University studying study Law and Politics. He works as a researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and also with the John E. Talbott & Associates law firm in Henderson, TN. Jonathan believes that there is no sufficient substitute for well-researched knowledge.