Essay on Terrorism and the Economy

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Many investigations and research have been done in an effort to discover and defend against terrorism. Through my research I have discovered a plethora of literature that confirms this notion. This review will focus primarily on two different aspects that work coherently to frame the big picture of our nation’s Achilles’ heel, better known as the southwestern border. These two aspects are: Muslim extremist targeted recruits and how the United States economy is intertwined. The selection of literature that I have compiled is contextually different, because they are used for various other reasons. My purpose here is to extrapolate pertinent findings and utilize them to reinforce the importance of managing our southwestern border and the …show more content…
As a nation it is essential that we use what we gather and combine with what we have already learned from history to grow.
You may wonder, “How can Middle Eastern terrorist organizations use the ease of access of the southwestern U.S. border to launch a major, successful attack?”
Before considering Al Qaeda’s operational tactics, it is equally important to take a look at recruiting methods and targets. I will analyze “Targeting the Poor: How Al-Qaeda Would Recruit from Latin America” by Freddy Paniagua. “The U.S. Department of State and experts on terrorism have suggested that the poor are a potential source of recruits for political and Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organizations” (Paniagua 2006, 1). In this publication, Paniagua uses Bayat’s classification to explain the dynamics of the poor of Latin America. Paniagua shows how Bayat argues that the passive poor will typically be content with their way of life and continue to struggle to survive. The political poor utilize the political process to their perceived advantage by voting for the party they fell is able to alleviate the burdens of poverty. Regarding the resisting poor, they typically strive for the opposition of the political and social system. The resisting poor may even resort to radical behavior to remove the current powers. The current situation in Syria is a great example of the resisting poor. Lastly, the surviving poor who resort to…

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