The Global War on Terror Essay

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The Global War on Terror is a military campaign led by the United States and the United Kingdom and supported by other NATO members. It was originally against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with the purpose of eliminating them. This paper discusses how the Bush Administration handled the War on Terror as well as different aspects of it, including its terminology, its objectives, its military operations and criticism against it.
The United States of America was deeply shocked when, on September 11, 2001, airplanes we used as missiles to destroy the Twin World Trade Towers and damage the Pentagon. Around 3000 people were killed because of these terrorist attacks. It was seen as the worst terrorist attack on the United States
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Moreover, most Muslim communities around the world condemned these acts. Politicians have tried very hard to separate terrorists from Muslims, but it has been difficult. Economical and geopolitical history has led to some elements of distrust, as well as extremism in both Christian and Muslim communities adding to the animosity.
The War on Terror campaign has been addressed by many other names such as: World War III, Bush’s War on Terror, The Long War and The Global War on Terror. It with in Camp David on September 16, 2001, that President George W. Bush used the term War on Terror. In an infamous quote, President Bush said, “This crusade – this war on terrorism – is going to take a while…” This comment was deemed controversial due to the negative associations of the term ‘crusade’ with Muslims.
The term “War on Terror” alone has created a psychological phenomenon that struck fear in the minds of many Americans. The Bush Administration elevated those three words to a national mantra that had impacted the American democracy destructively. It had impacted the American psyche as well as the United States’ standing in the world. In an article by Zibigniew Brzezinski, he explains, “Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability to effectively confront the real challenges we face from fanatics who may use terrorism against us.”
The Bush Administration at the time of the
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