Every nation big or small suffers from random acts of violence known as terrorism. Described in this paper is what terrorism is, facts about terrorism, and details concerning one of the most disastrous terrorist attacks that took place in the United States, along with other attacks in both the U.S. and other nations. Several questions will be answered which include: Why is there heavier terrorism activity in certain areas of the world?, What do the sites of terrorist activities have in common?, Could laws, procedures, or organizations, either national or international, have prevented these attacks?, Who should determine what sorts of laws and organizations are most effective?, Does the United States have a moral obligation, a practical reason, or both, for becoming involved in stopping terrorist activities in other countries?, How has the idea of terrorism affected the lives of individual Americans since 9/11?, and How have American priorities changed since 9/11?; details will be provided that answer the questions with factual data, opinions, and views of the topics.
Terrorism is an act of violence which is used to try to force others into submission. There are many different forms of terrorism but the most common is violence which usually ends with many deaths. These acts are usually well planned to ensure that the actions take places, some of which even involve inside parties. Terrorism is an increasing problem, one of the most memorable acts was the September 11th tragedies put into place by Osama Bin Laden. These acts carried out by AL-Qaeda consisted of four attacks involving the hijacking and crashing of passenger airplanes. The first two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon was the third of the targets to be hit. The fourth airplane was headed for Washington, but did not reach its target, it was thwarted by passengers and crew aboard and crashed into a field.
Since the tragic events of September 11th there have been a multitude of acts of terrorism on multiple territories. The United States alone has suffered through 33 instances, which isn’t much compared to Israel which the numbers were in the thousands. It is sad really that some groups feel that acts of violence are the key to solving their problems.
Determining those as terrorists is not an easy task, some members can even include those of the United States Armed Forces. Such is proven with the actions that occurred at Fort Hood, one of the largest U.S. military complex in the world. Which on November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan one of the facilities and opened fire upon military personnel, eventually he was apprehended but not before killing 13 people and injuring 29 others. When questioned during custody his reasoning was that he was upset about his deployment to Afghanistan. The military felt somewhat responsible for not realizing that an officer of the U.S. Military was having mental issues such as this.
Its an unfortunate fact that the terrorist activities are much larger in other areas of the world then in the United States. There are several reasons as to why the acts of violence are much greater, including that other areas often lack the quality of life that found in the United States, crime enforcement is much less, different religions have different beliefs, and the government’s control ability is lessened. Additionally, other areas have different and additional resources, such as oil in the Middle Eastern region, which some feel that it is there right to control them, for reasons like these areas have different beliefs which they feel could and should be changed.
Even since the Trade Towers incidents, massive amounts of car and suicide bombings in Iraq have continued. The total amount of incidents rack up in the thousands, each event having different reasons as to their occurrence. Suicide bombers have been recruited by terrorist groups by multiple means, including monetary support for their families. In other countries where the life quality is much less then in the United States, so it not difficult find individual desperate enough to give their life up in order to help their families or simply supporting the actions. It is upsetting along with appalling to know that terrorist groups can find support fairly easily.
The multitude of terrorist activities that have and continue to take place usually share common attributes, including that they usually happen in large crowed areas to try to strengthen the impact of the act. Oftentimes these actions use several common transportation methods, including planes, buses, trains, subways, and cars. The terrorist acts often involve the use of explosive devices, mainly because the level of destruction is much greater then that of a gun for instance. Security is also common the less secure the environments the greater risk of terrorist action, but that doesn’t make well secured environment any less of a target it might just require greater effort.
Each nation makes its own choices for protection, including the implementation various laws, procedures, or organizations along with authority figures to regulate them. Although with each additional layer of protection there is always others trying to find ways to complete there intended action. It would be very difficult if not impossible to completely eliminate all terrorist acts, but various methods help lower the amount of attacks. The laws, organizations, procedures, and methods proposed should come from various sectors of the nation, the government and its people should agree on these methods before use. By allowing both the government and the people to come to an agreement it would help to ensure that additional terrorist acts don’t take place because certain groups don’t agree with the methods. Additionally the agreement would help to ensure that individuals rights were secure, including freedom rights, religious beliefs, and privacy rights.
Acts of terrorism are much greater in other countries, which oftentimes ends with a multitude of death, destruction, and sometimes even genocide. To simply put it the United States has not only a moral obligation but also a practical reason to become involved in terrorist activities in other countries. Actions of terrorism cause different feelings for different people, but the basic fact is killing is wrong. So morally if the U.S. did not assist then what kind of messages would we be sending, for example it didn’t happen here so why worry about it. As far as practical reasoning goes offering help to other nations would lesson the amount of acts not only on American soil but also other nations as well, thus keeping everyone safer. Then there is the possibility that other nations could be come enraged that we didn’t offer help with our magnificent and well developed resources and military support.
Since the catastrophic events of 9/11, millions of people lives have changed dramatically. Many families suffer from the loss of those injured or killed, not just emotionally but also from their support. Many children will now have to grow up without a parent or parents, which has taken a major toll on their lives. It changed views, beliefs, and feelings of millions of individuals, for example when getting on a plane some might be fearful of someone wearing a turban or be of different race or belief. These events also changed feelings of safety people have, many people have become nervous to get on a plane or even go to work. It made us realize that terrorist acts can happen anywhere, anytime, and by many means. Terrorist groups can believe in serious radical beliefs which they use to strike fear in hopes of coercion. Furthermore, it proved that individuals rights are subject to change by means such as the Patriot Act, which puts civil and privacy rights into question.
The events of 9/11 brought about major changes in Americans priorities. Before the events Americans had feelings of security in the United States, terrorist actions were an issue but not a major one. The nation believed as though they could live their lives without worrying about getting on a transportation device or even going to work. We now focus more on measures which will keep us safer, including increased metal detectors, luggage checks, and the use of the Patriot Act. Immediately following the events the U.S. greatly increased their role int the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, not only because of the large number of terrorists dwelling there, but also because issues make it difficult for Arab’s to join forces with Saddam.
We have come to the realization that life can be short so why put things off until later, instead of doing them now. Americans have a different view of life and its realities, many have made the decision to get married for example because life is short so might as well make the best of it. Americans have also changed their views on alternate energy methods, many feel that nuclear energy could be very dangerous, imagine what would happen if nuclear plants were attacked. Another change was amount of people who volunteer which increased by 29%, which renders $169 billion dollars of services without cost.
Terrorism has been an increasing concern for everyone in the years following the 9/11 events. The realization that future attacks were probable became evident with the continued and increasing acts, terrorists continue to raise fears with continued attacks. It has become evident that security measures must be increased, but it is only a matter of time before terrorists obtain and chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons. The “War on Terrorism” is far from over, the fact is it might never come to an end. Even after the death of Osama Bin Laden the attacks continue. One biggest strengths that arose from the tragedies was strengthening of bonds between the U.S. and its allies, including Germany, Great Britain, Pakistan, and France, to help fight the “War on Terrorism.”
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