How The United States Should Combat Such A Horrific Form Of Warfare And Political Change

1398 Words Jan 13th, 2015 6 Pages
Much has been made of terrorism and political crime lately. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon most have asked questions such as: How could this happen? Why would someone do this to so many innocent people? And possibly even more importantly, how do we prevent this from happening again? The attacks on that tragic day weren’t the first in our country though they were the most devastating to date. They were devastating in accordance with casualties and also emotionally for the whole country. One could only hope they would be the last, though this has not been the case. Before one can begin to analyze how the United States should combat such a horrific form of warfare and political change, one must first start to understand a few key elements. One must begin to understand what terrorism is, where it came from, and why terrorism exists. The word “terrorism” was first used during the French Revolution when British statesman Edmond Burke used the term to describe the actions of the Jacobin-dominated French government. Under the leadership of Maximilien Robespierre, thousands of people that were said to be enemies of the state were put on trial and then executed by use of the guillotine (O 'Connor, 2006). However, since the inception of the word, it has taken on a new meaning. One can now hear the word “terrorism” and be overcome by anger or even fear. Terrorism now seems to have turned to attacks against a government rather…
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