The Threat Of The Cold War

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Following the Cold War, in the 1990s, there was an absence of direction in US foreign policy, until 9/11 occurred. Since September 11, 2001 the United States has been fighting a war against terrorism. One may ask, what constitutes terrorism? Terrorism is a premeditated, politically motivated, violent attack against noncombatants, to influence an audience, and carried out by a subnational group. To combat global terrorism, as of 2004 the US started to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to launch missiles and kill terrorists, and the kill to death ratio shows the success of drones. First, what causes someone to become a terrorist? Many factors can propel someone to become a terrorist, like anger, lack of education, bad governance, and sometimes, poverty. There is a debate whether poverty is a contributing factor to terrorism. Millions of people are poor, but they don’t become terrorists yet there is sometimes a link between poverty and terrorism (Sterman 2015). Some scholars even say discriminatory rhetoric can increase terrorism. For example, when a group commits a terrorist attack, they hope people generalize the terrorists with the nonviolent community they belong to, so by assimilating them with terrorists and sometimes even harassing them, the nonviolent people may actually turn to violence and the terrorist group for security (Maass 2015). Also, to many this may be a surprise, most terrorists are not religious; other factors cause them to commit these…

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