America's Contribution to Terrorist Attacks

1006 WordsJul 14, 20185 Pages
Can acts of terrorist violence be morally justified? To any of us who witnessed the attacks of 9/11, or indeed any terrorist attack in recent history, this may seem an absurd question. How, we ask, could anyone justify the deaths of over 3,000 innocent civilians? While these acts are morally reprehensible, so too are the acts of the west that give rise to Islamic terrorism and the west’s military responses to terrorist acts. According to Honderich, every human being is entitled to a decent lifespan, good health, freedom of expression and respect. We are all morally responsible, he argues, to see that these conditions are upheld wherever we have that power to uphold them. In the Middle East we have failed miserably. The history of…show more content…
If this gross negligence on behalf of the US government was a moral crime, then the military response to 9/11 is nothing short of pure evil. On October 7th 2001, the American military, backed by Great Britain invaded Afghanistan in an effort to capture Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Quaeda. Although no reliable figure exists, civilian casualties are estimated to be as high as 30,557. The conflict continues and Osama Bin Laden has not been found. In March 2003, the predominantly American coalition forces invaded the sovereign state of Iraq. The reasons given for the invasion were to “Disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism and free the Iraqi people” . Six years on, Iraq is in a state of civil war, no weapons of mass destruction have been found and no credible link between Saddam Hussein and Al Quaeda exists. However, coalition forces have managed to murder an estimated 99,431 innocent civilians. By using a single act of terrorism to justify the invasion of two sovereign nations and the extermination of almost 130,000 civilians, with countless allegations of torture and other human rights violations along the way, the United States of America has become the world’s foremost terrorist
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