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Are Wars of Terror Different from Other Wars? Do They Constitute a New Form of Warfare?

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Are wars of terror different from other wars? Do they constitute a new form of warfare? If so, how?

"Osama is not a product of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He is a creation of America. Thanks to America, Osama is in every home. As a military man, I know you can never fight and win against someone who can shoot at you once and then run off and hide while you have to remain eternally on guard. You have to attack the source of your enemy's strength. In America's case, that's not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. That only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.” 

~ Greg Mortenson~

This paper aims to identify what the war on terror is, whether it should be considered as a traditional war or not, what which are the main reasons why it should or should not be considered as such. It was a complete disbelief and shock when people from around the world saw footages of the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, when two commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. This event led to US declaring and waging a ‘war on terror.’ In one very simple word, war is any large scale or violent act which many times resolve in the destruction of one’s territory, nation, and lives. Whereas terrorism, on the other hand, is regarded to as a threat of violence or other harmful acts committed for political or ideological purposes, usually aiming to spread fear among the world population and get global attention in order to achieve their goals. When putting these two different words together we end up with a new terminology ‘war on terror’ which nowadays is referred to actions taken aiming to fight terrorism around the world. However, the so called ‘war on terror’ is not only hard to be defined due to its misleading language, but it is considered to be a different...