The Power of Nightmares: Reaction Essay On Terrorism

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Over the course of the twentieth century, numerous governments across the globe established organizations and agencies with aims of combating international terrorism. However, these agencies did not establish vast public attention or immense government spending until the fall of 2001. The terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 marked the transformation of not only the American economy, but also a shift in public perceptions of terrorism, both at home and abroad. The attacks of September 11th also allowed for an expansion of political power for United States’ officials as citizens overlooked the lack of regard for civil liberties and adherence to policy due to personal fears regarding terrorism. While…show more content…
Culturally, the Islamic world lacks fluidity and harmony between various sects which often calls for militant and harsh actions. Additionally, the expansion of globalization rooted in economics allowed for terrorism to spread across continents and to conduct attacks such as in 2001. Finally, religion appears as a hub and manual for numerous terrorist organizations. With numerous religions promise rewards for the afterlife, many terrorists follow these instructions with the aim of subduing as many non-believers as possible, even if it requires a personal suicide (Lamy 269). With three major sections of globalization providing a path and a goal for the rise of terrorism, the United States reacted drastically and allowed a general consensus of fear to drive political actions. Additionally, statistics demonstrated an increase in terrorism on a global level. In Iraq, terrorist attacks increased from 22 attacks to 198 in a mere year. Similar trends appeared in other Middle Eastern nations, such as Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. With an increase in numbers of attacks, the attacks also got more deadly with events such as the seizure of a school located in Beslan, Russia and the Madrid train bombing, each leaving hundreds dead (Glasser 2). However, despite the attacks made across the Middle East, no significant attacks were documented within the United States. With
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