Is the War on Terrorism Succeeding?
The use of terrorism seen has been increasing recently for some reasons. It caused by the use of modern technology rather than politics. Couple factors are influenced, such as the use of aircraft and high-tech weapons by government that are unavailable opposition force and make dissidents to use conventional way. Terrorist’s victim also more available rather than in the past, current technology make terrorist easier to gain an audience, and modern technology has caused the creation of lethal weapon increasingly that made terrorist able to kill and injure large numbers of people. The world has been change instantly which is disturb some culture and make many terrorist groups feel irritate and isolate. For example, many Muslim feel that their religion was under attack. And there are couple reasons that cause many analysts to think that many terrorist groups are Muslim. Everyone agrees to against terrorism because their victims are innocent peoples. Very important to understand the roots of terrorism because different views lead to different prescriptions for counter it. September 11, 2001, terrorist attack had cause most American concern about terrorism that had destroyed their sense of security. Reply to this attack, President Bush declared war to against terrorism. Douglas J. Feith, U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy tells his audiences from Council on Foreign Relations that United States is winning the war on terrorism. But John Gershman who is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus Task Force on Terrorism said that President Bush administration has failing in defeating terrorists and it does not makes Americans more secure. Douglas J. Feith’s Arguments
Douglas had started his talk “On the Global War on Terrorism” with his personal story on September 11, 2001. He was in Moscow with his colleague when the first plane hit World Trade Center. On the way back to Washington, he and Defense Department officials discuss and wrote papers about how to figure out the September 11th attack as an issue of national security policy. President Bush though the attack as an act of war rather than a law enforcement issue. U.S. official evaded the term “war” when some attacks occurred over the last decades. On September 12th, Douglas landed in Washington and join President’s work to develop a strategy for the war. The aim of the war should be to eliminate terrorism to protect the potential victims and country’s freedom.
According to President’s strategy in the war against terrorism, it is divided into three parts. The first part is involves direct military action, intelligence, law enforcement and financial regulatory activity to disrupting and destroying terrorists and their infrastructure. The list of senior members of al-Qaida and allied groups who have been killed or jailed since 9-11 is impressive. According to the interrogations of prisoners, the reason that there are not big scale attacks since 9-11 is because their plans and operations have been interfered by United States. The second part of strategy is intends the recruitment and training of terrorists, to produce an intimidating environment for terrorism. And the third part is protected the homeland. The war is global and after 9-11, there is around 100 nations joined United States in the war against terrorism.
Political phenomenon is energy for terrorism. “The terrorist organization is provided with political, ideological, or religious indoctrination via agents of the supporting state…..” (The Terrorism Reader 2003, p. 281). Terrorism is determined by ideology and we know that ideologies can be defeated. They expected that radical Islamism have a similar end like Soviet communism and Nazism. To deliver goodness or happiness, Soviet communism was discredited, basically and morally by its eventually indisputable failures. After 9-11, the President and his team have implemented their strategy to against terrorism...
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• Clifford E. Simonsen & Jeremy R. Spindlove, Terrorism Today: The Past, The Players, The Future, 2nd ed, New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
• David J. Whittaker, The Terrorism Reader, 2nd ed, London, Routledge, 2003.
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