Essay on The Global Fight Against Terrorism

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Despite spending billions of dollars to fight endless wars, global terrorism rose 43% in 2013. As a result, terrorism has been brought to the fore of not only the American mentality, but the international mentality as well. Consequently, we must do a few things in order to maintain our sanity, dignity, power, and security.

We must retaliate forcefully and successfully. We must garner support for our cause and give other countries a reason to want to stand behind America. We must reassure the world of our confidence as a great power, and our ability to retain that status. Lastly, and most practically, we must explore the possibilities of terrorism that exist and attempt to grasp the actual threat that these
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These include:

Telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, and government and emergency services(Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office). These systems and their role in our every day lives cannot be taken for granted. What would we do if they were to break down?

I’m walking a fine line here with regards to the definition of terrorism. It is not often implied that the goal of the terrorist is to cause irreparable damage to a particular state system. Instead, the goal of a terrorist is to communicate a message, attract attention, or to advance a political ideology through violent ( and not necessarily ubiquitous) acts. Wiping out a country’s economic foundation may be an action that would be expected as an act of war; a state-sponsored project in response to another states adversary nature, as we have demonstrated by employing economic sanctions in response to Saddam Hussein’s disregard for morality.

But then I consider the causes and motives of terrorism I am aware of. Religious fanaticism and Post War conditions are obvious, but I worry most about terrorists that are both embittered and driven by a deep hatred for democracy, the institutions it fosters, and feelings of economic distress. One who is raised in an environment that fuels these
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