2 April 2013
Connie Schultz author of the article New Airport Policy: Grin and Bare It, Schultz says “Not exactly secret agent man.” when referring to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the underwear bomber. Because she says that he isn’t exactly a secret agent, even though he still had the potential to be dangerous, rather than something more adequate for a terrorist shows that Schultz is not too concerned with terrorist threats happening domestically. People are not concerned enough with terrorism if it is not affecting them directly.
In the United States people are not worried about terrorist attacks because it does not affect them. On September 11, 2001 was the day that our concern for terrorism was at their highest. Not that the attack affected us individually but as a country because a foreign terrorist group was able to get pass American borders and kill about 3,000 people. Since the attacks on the World Trade Center people in America have little worry about domestic terrorist. Although there have been terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11 none have come close to matching its death toll or degree of publicity. Another reason for the low concern of Americans towards terrorism would be that all recent terrorist attacks in the United States have either failed or been thwarted. For example on January 17, 2011 a pipe bomb was discovered along the route that the Martin Luther King Jr. parade was going to take in Spokane, Washington. Had it gone without detection the bomb would have caused multiple casualties, fortunately the terrorist attack was thwarted and no one was injured. Another example is the underwear bomber, although the incident did raise some concerns, it did not achieve enough publicity to increase nationwide concerns. In addition to the capture of Abdulmutallab they were also able to acquire his bomb which failed to explode. In acquiring his bomb government officials are able to...
What do you think of when you hear the word terrorism? Most people will refer to the attacks
on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Of course, these were horrific attacks
especially considering over 3,000 people lost their lives that day. There was no precedent like that
before. Unfortunately, though, that is not the only terrorist attack in history. Terrorism has existed in
the world for quite a long time. Terrorism hits home for many people who were or shall I say are in
some way involved with the effects of terrorist activity. As you continue to read my paper I will talk
about what terrorism is, why terrorism matters to me, and why it affects me.
What exactly is terrorism? Well, there are many different definitions out there. However, these
definitions have certain things in common. Terrorism involves extraordinary violence. It is intended to
create massive fear and involves a planned attack for a purpose, often against something or someone.
While terrorism is meant to be an act of violence to bring about change, it is usually not committed by
those officially in the government. Usually, terrorist groups have fewer members than you would think.
They want to be dramatic and attract attention by carrying out a bloody act. They hope to...
...third plane was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane was targeted at Washington but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, 2,996 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.
The United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for almost a decade, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011.
Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.
On November 18, 2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site. The building was officially opened on November 3, 2014
2. The Moscow theater hostage crisis, also known as the 2002 Nord-Ost siege, was the seizure of the crowded Dubrovka Theater on 23 October 2002 by 40 to 50 armed Chechens who claimed allegiance to the Islamist militant separatist...
...What are the impacts of terrorism on tourism?
The economic importance of tourism is undeniable. The impact of terrorism on a countries economy may be enormous. In an information free society, tourists might travel to destinations regardless of whether a terrorism threat exists or not. However, few information free societies exist. Via different forms, terrorism generates attention, which, when relayed back to tourists, has an impact on travel plans. Taken as a collective, these decisions affect tourism levels, which generates an additional question to consider. Does the level of reported terrorist activity have an impact on tourism? In the last decades, the world has been increasingly threatened by terrorism. On September 11 2001 there was a series of coordinated terrorist suicide attacks. This has been the most influential act of terrorism affecting the travel and tourist industry in the 21st century. However these attacks weren’t targeted specifically at the tourist industry unlike the attacks on Bali but their economic impact on the industry was far more substantial overall due to the sheer size of the attacks and the effect it had on tourist’s behaviour. (DiMarco, 2007)
The attacks on the world trade centre in New York resulted in 4 million less international arrivals worldwide in 2001 in comparison to the previous year. This obviously indicates an element of fear introduced and...
Rise of Terrorism in the 1990’s
Terrorism can be defined as the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. Both terrorists and terrorism's explainers are influenced by dominant trends in political and scholarly thought. Terrorists—people who threaten or use violence against civilians with the hope of changing the status quo—perceive the status quo in ways that accord with the era they live in. People who explain terrorism are also influenced by prominent trends in their professions. These trends change over time. In the 1980s and 1990s, terrorism began to appear in the range of right wing, neo-Nazi or neo-fascist, racist groups. Like the terrorist actors that preceded them, these violent groups reflected the extreme edge of a broader and not-necessarily violent backlash against developments during the civil rights era. White, Western European or American men, in particular, grew fearful of a world beginning to grant recognition, political rights, economic franchise and freedom of movement (in the form of immigration) to ethnic minorities and women, who might seem to be taking their jobs and position. In Europe and the United States, as well as elsewhere, the 1980s represented a time when the welfare state had expanded in the United States and Europe, the agitation...
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11 November 2014
How Can We Best Reduce The Problem Of Terrorism?
“The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, and huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our Nation into chaos and retreat, but they have failed.” – George W Bush. Terrorism has struck this nation in some terrible ways, from the Bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the plane crashes to the Twin Towers in New York City, New York. The question is how can we best reduce the problem of terrorism?
There is really no way to completely stop terrorism, but there are ways we can reduce the threat or problem of it. Terrorism has struck the nation or other nations in many ways including planes, bombs, etc. The US treatment of Guantanamo prisoners, holding people indefinitely without charges or trials and brutally force-feeding the hunger strikers, is an affront to people throughout the Muslim world and of our American values. Of the 166 prisoners left in Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared for release, meaning the US government has determined they represent no threat to our nation. President Obama can use the waiver system, certifying to Congress that it is in the US national interest to release them. He just did this, for the first time, for...
Religion based terrorism is defined as a group whose motivations have a predominant religious influence or goal. In the last 30 years there has been an increase in terrorist activity motivated by religious beliefs. The different forms of religious terrorism are communal, genocidal, nihilistic, or revolutionary. Religious terrorism can be committed by a person, large movements, organizations, or governments. Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher was quoted in 1980 as saying “that terrorist acts in the name of religion and ethnicity have become one of the most important security challenges we face in the wake of the Cold War.”. Religious terrorism is considered one of the most dangerous forms because ever since early history people have used religion to motivate people to fight and die for their beliefs. The world’s religions all have both peaceful and violent messages from which believers can choose. Religious terrorists and extremists use their interpretation of religion to justify their violence. This can even be seen back hundreds of years ago, during Christian Crusades in the Middle Ages, where Pope Urban II promised martyrdom for anyone who fought and died for the cross. The purpose of the Crusades was to take “the holy land” back from the Muslims; the church used their believer’s loyalty to the Christian religion to help them accomplish their own set goal. Religious terrorist...
...Globalism & Terrorism
Society has changed immensely from the historical readings throughout this course. The world has transformed from scattered countries and villages with their own cultures, to a high tech, global community. This new societal structure, deemed Globalism, is defined as “the promotion of interdependence of cultures and peoples in all parts of the world”. (Fiero, 2011) The beginning of this futuristic world came with the origin of digital technology. Communication, to anywhere in the world is immediate, information can be found and passed with just a few keystrokes, and travel is faster and cheaper than ever imagined. This new fantastic knowledge, coupled with major historical events such as the disintegration of Soviet Communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the conclusion of the Cold War, together ushered in this new reality of a world community. (Fiero, 2011)
Globalism, with its countless advantages in technology and integration, still holds many challenges. Many feel it difficult, with such a combination of influences from all over the world, to retain their individual ethnicity and traditions. With the creation of television, not only were important events and news being featured, but western consumerism and culture was also being endorsed. (Fiero, 2011) This westernization took hold without resistance in some parts of the world, but in others it has created immense resentment and hate. As a result, a recent...
The War against Terrorism
Military actions are the greatest folly which mankind has ever created. Since the creation of the human race, there is a trend that the stronger nations impose their power and will over the weaker nations. If in ancient times wars were happening primarily to take on new territories and resources, it was sufficiently clear and justifiable for a whole nation to stand behind that idea. However, wars nowadays are provoked by vague and unjustifiable reasons. The modern world as I see it is against fighting in wars, but at the same time it spends huge amounts of money for the creation of weapons and military supplies. Today every nation imposes peace, but with a big army behind its back. The scars of the past few wars have not been erased yet - wars which have been called World Wars for their scale. World War I broke out in consequence of the poverty of one otherwise strong nation - Serbia, World War II happened because of the ambition of one otherwise “normal” man who believed that the people with blonde hair and blue eyes are the dominant race. Unfortunately, these two are the most significant events for the whole 20th century. The century in which we live right now, the 21st century, will not remain bloodless either.
The war of our century is only one, and it is called “The War against Terrorism.” What is actually terrorism? Terrorism is hatred to man and to...