"One by one we're going to find them and piece by piece we'll tear their terrorist network apart." These words by George W Bush were the prelude to the US led invasion of Afghanistan, an invasion that would start arguably the most controversial war of our time and divide public opinion for years to come. The war on terror is used to describe this international military campaign that started as a reaction the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The term “war on terror” was initially used to describe the post 9/11 war in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda and the Taliban but was however expanded in 2003 to include the Iraq war. But this inclusion of the war in Iraq which had no links to the Taliban or Al Qaeda makes the term much more stretched and contentious. The war in Iraq has often been criticised on the argument that the war in Iraq has in fact fostered global terrorism rather than preventing it. An important consequence of the war on terror that is often overlooked is the impact it has had on the policies of the United States. This is shown by the much more restrained approach of recent by the Obama administration in the wars in Libya and Syria. It is important to realise from the outset that the war on terror is focused on combating terrorism almost solely through the use of hard power. Technologically superior armies have been used to fight insurgents that while not necessarily originating from the country of fighting are living in and amongst the population resulting in a situation of asymmetric warfare. There have been substantial military victories in both Iraq and Afghanistan which despite their success have not resulted in politically stable and successful states that are opposed to the religious extremism that creates terrorism. The actual response to these military actions was the creation of local terrorist resistance to the observed “occupation” causing many to rally around religious extremism. This “new war” style of fighting is why a...
...War Against Terror
The September 11 2001 (9/11), terrorist attacks on the United States changed the perspective of the world towards terrorism especially the Al Qaeda. The world, in particular the major powers came to realize that the greatest threat they had in the 21st centaury was global terrorism and President Bush once said, “Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime” (George Bush, 2001,p.2). Just few days after September 11 2001, President Bush delivered a speech in which he declared that America was at war, a war to “find stop and defeat” every terror group of global reach (George Bush, 2001, p.5).
On October 7 2001, the USA and UK launched a joint attack on Afghanistan, to overthrow the oppressive Taliban government and to destroy the Al Qaeda’s stronghold in the nation, and by 2011, 49 nations, including Australia had sent more than 140,000 soldiers into Afghanistan (Rogers Simon and Lisa Evans, 2009). The second phase of the ‘War on Terror” took the USA and its allies to Iraq, where they had suspected the Saddam Hussein led government was creating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and was cooperating with the Al Qaeda to launch attacks on USA and its allies. On March 20 2003, the USA, UK and their allies launched an invasion of Iraq without the consent of the UN (Ewen...
...THIS IS OUR WAR!
“We must not harbour any doubts, it is Pakistan’s war”, says Gen. Kayani
It is our history that whenever is finally united on something, a propaganda is produced to create confusion. Ever since the restoration of democratic system in Pakistan, a debate has been started on the topic that “Is war on terror our war or not?” The whole nation was supporting the Pakistan army until our beloved political parties like Pakistan Muslim League (N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Jamaat-e-Islami decided to come up with mix-up statements like “This is America’s war” or “We were forced into joining this war”. These parties act like the political wing of Tehreek-e-Taliban and are constantly trying to manipulate the minds of people by forcing them to believe that if Pakistan stops supporting USA and NATO Forces in this war against terror, the lives of the innocent Pakistani people will be saved and there will be no more bombings and killings in the country. If people really believe that this is not our war and peace will find its way back into the country once we withdraw from it then they are the biggest fools.
Patricia Briggs said in Dragon Bones, “Stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent's blade”
I am afraid the future of this nation won’t be pretty until and unless our...
...War on terrorism, is that right strategy?
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War on terrorism’ what is that
Budget on war on terror
Since September 11, the world has been changed. It did not a matter for just Americans, but also it became a matter to the world. American government announced a War on terrorism and its allies engaged in that plan. After 7 years, they still fight against terrorism but now we do not know what the war on terrorism and what that is for. Every single time when we watching TV, most victims are American or its allies’ soldier or citizen of Afghanistan or Iraq. Terrorists still are out of the surrounding area and they are planning another attack. I’ll look for the way of how we are going to plan for fight against terrorists and effectiveness of war on terror to explore whether it is working or not. And it needs to be defined why the world choose ‘war on terror’ option as a counterterrorism from several options. There have been huge incidents happened by terrorist but most of them were very small damaged to the public. They can choose another options such as hiring more police officers or spend more money on the analyze them. I will explore what impact ‘war on terrorism’ has brought to...
...World War II and the War on Terror
Throughout America’s history there have been a handful of wars that the United States has been a part of. We have proven that we are a strong country and that we can handle anything that comes our way. Along our journey, we have encountered our share of issues: moral, ethical and constitutional issues, specifically in World War II and the War onTerror. We have seen our leaders lead our country and take us to become one of the most powerful countries in the world. We have also seen leaders take us in another direction.
During World War II and the War on Terror, there are many moral issues. One of the questions that people ask regarding the wars is: is reasoning for going to war justified? On December 7, 1941, the United States was devastatingly attacked by Japan on the U. S. Naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost… I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire” (“Pearl Harbor Speech”)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR, said these powerful words the...
...War on Terror
Do you ever have one of those moments in your life in which you will never forget where you were? I remember waking up early on September 11, 2001, getting ready for school and my dad telling me hurry up to watch the news with him. Being in 8th grade at the time, the news really wasn’t something I would watch in the mornings so I knew it had to be something important. Then I saw it. An airplane crashing into a tower, people panicking, and mayhem ensuing in a city very well known to me. When any tragic event like 9/11 occurs, the effect it will have on a nation is tremendous. It left America in shock, anger, and sadness just to name a few adjectives to describe the insurmountable amount of feelings that we felt on that day. With America being such a powerful nation, after recovering from the attack the next ideal step would be to seek retaliation, right? Well on October 7th 2001, the war in Afghanistan began marking the first step in the War on Terror.
The 9/11 tragedy was very devastating to the American morale and our sense of security. America being so powerful and strong it may be logical to see how we had a false sense of security when it came to attacks on us. I mean, who would really want to attack one of the strongest nations on Earth? No other nation in their right mind would, right? Wrong. When those two planes hit our towers and another hitting the pentagon we...
...War on terror refers to the ongoing military campaign led by U.S and U.K against organizations identified as terrorists. Terrorism can be defined as an unlawful violence or war deliberately targeted to civilians. It can also be defined as a systematic use of terror to coerce or violent acts intended to create fear. This threat is normally perpetrated for religious, political or ideological goals. The conflict as also called by other names. They include World War III, The Long War, War on Terrorism, Bush’s War on Terror, The Global War of Terror and War on Al-Qaeda, (Coaty, 2010).
Terrorism became popular in 1996 when Al- Qaeda network was formed by the late Osama Bin Laden. The network was formed by the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and their Crusaders. They declared war on the West and Israel. Immediately after its formation, there were bombings in U.S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Osama then plotted for the 2000 millennium attacks. There was an attempt to bomb Los Angeles International Airport but it was stopped. In October 2000, USS Cole bombing occurred. This was immediately followed by the renowned September 11 2001 terror attack. This marked the genesis of war on...
War on Terror Outline
I. Introduction to War on Terror
1. The War on Terrorwas initiated by the United States and the United Kingdom after terrorist attacks on both countries.
2. It was started to try to extinguish Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups
3. War on Terror is also known as Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. On December 18th, 2011 troops exited Iraq and began their focus on Afghanistan’s terrorism conflicts.
5. Today, The War in Afghanistan is happening.
II. Judicial Branch
1. The Judicial Branch handles all of the court cases against terrorist that are captured.
2. The terrorist that are awaiting trial are imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.
3. The Most known War on Terror court case was in Ashton vs. Al Qaeda Islamic Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
III. Executive Branch
1. The President is in charge of the Military and decides all the moves they make
2. One of the most notable moves made by the Executive Branch was Operation Neptune Spear. Operation Neptune Spear was when the President ordered Seal Team Six to kill or capture terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden
3. The President initiated the War on Terror back in 2001 in response to the terrorist...
...Iraq and Iran; Cold War Tension is War on Terror’s Motive
Particular events that took place during the Cold War would later foreshadow and affect the events during the War on Terror, specifically regarding Iran and Iraq. During the Cold War Iraq invaded Iran and thus began the Iran-Iraq War in 1980, which would later involve the United States. This would just be the beginning of the affairs the United States would face when providing support for Iraq through this time. To completely understand the reasoning behind the War on Terror, the history of terrorism should be analyzed between the Cold War and September 11, 2001.The War on Terrorwas initialized by the attacks that took place on September 11. Although the attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda members, Iran and Iraq were investigated as well. The events during the Cold War provided a framework that would continue to build until the War on Terror campaign was launched. Iran and Iraq maintained a presence through both wars and the incidents that took place throughout the Cold War slowly led to the full blown War on Terror.
As technology advanced, countries struggled for power in an arms and space race throughout the Cold...