Terrorism in the United States
Terrorism is like a plague. It has haunted the world as well as the United States for years. It is only currently, in light of what has happened to New York and Washington, been threatened by a nation. This newly found hatred for terrorism is not just from a government, it is from the governed as well.
It is not as strait forward as one may think. There are many definitions of terrorism. The definition of terrorism depends mostly on the views and occupations of the people who define it. Scholars, politicians and journalists all define terrorism differently. Words and motivations that define terrorism range from violence and force to racism. Although one ...view middle of the document...
Time and time over again, this has proven to be true. The United States foreign policy and military intervention is to blame. Many foreign policies and interventions have provoked terrorist activities in the United States. One example is the event of September eleventh. According to Curtis F. Jones, retired from the U. S. Foreign Service, it all goes back to ties with Israel, Iraq, and the Islamist.
In the Gulf War Iraq lost some 100,000 dead, against the deaths of 148 Americans. Iran has been afflicted by America's economic sanctions. Israel is gaining ground in the Occupied Territories. Even weaker are the revolutionaries, who oppose all existing Middle Eastern regimes. Thirty years ago the secularists were on the march, and the Islamists were our
allies. Today secularism is dormant, and Islamists are held responsible for all major anti-American actions of recent years, culminating in the attacks of September 11. Terrorism is an unscientific term. It is dangerously misleading. The carnage of September 11 was not to scare us, but to start us wondering about the viability of our policies -- possibly even to drive a wedge between the United States and Israel. Terrorism is also ethnocentric. As used in our media, it automatically means the satanic "them" versus the faultless "us". If we ever believed in our faultlessness, the failure to direct events in Viet Nam should have disabused us of this notion. (Brief Remarks)
Terrorism affects everybody, not just governments. If a person says that they do not care because it doesn’t affect them, then they are in for a rude awakening. Terrorism is like throwing a pebble into a pond, the ripples of water extend to even the furthest side of the pond. As members of a community, it is possible that you may know someone who has died as a result of a terrorist attack at the least. Also as a community people will come together to help the victims, as was exhibited after the September eleventh attack. No one will or should remain unaffected after a terrorist attack.
Individuals can help by reporting any strange activities to the authorities. Individuals should also be prepared for an attack.
Be alert and aware of the surrounding area. The very nature of terrorism suggests that there may be little or no warning. Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. Learn where emergency exists are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway or congested public area in a hurry. Learn where staircases are located. Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion (FEMA).
Recent events such as the bombing of the World Trade Center demonstrate that the...