Terrorism; Post 9/11
How has the approach to terrorism changed after 9/11?
All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people all over the world. Hardly a week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. With terrorism being a growing concern it needs to be dealt with. Countering this scourge is in the interest of all nations. Terrorism has changed dramatically over time and has only recently been so bloody and violent and on a large scale. The history of terrorism had been existent since the 1970s where the French Revolutionary Government instituted systematic state terror against the population of France by killing thousands. The way terrorism was taken out has changed over the years. Changes in the tactics and techniques of terrorists have been significant, but even more, the growth in the number of causes and social contexts where terrorism is used. Over the past 20 years, terrorists have committed violent acts for alleged political or religious reasons with these terrorist organisations been spilt up into groups according to their reasoning of attack. This may include Nationalism, Religious, Anarchist, State Sponsored, Left and Right Wing terrorist groups. Terrorism involves reasoning, planning and a lot of effort, but what is being done to stop this? The September 11 attacks seem to be a turning point in terms of counterterrorism. It makes the world fully and clearly aware of the presence and the scale of the threat that terrorism carries, and tragically emphasizes the change in the image of political violence’s and the international community. Although the feeling that terrorism has become the major threat to global security and the stability of the international order has been growing for decades, it has never been more evident than it is today. Thus, the first years of the twenty-first century are marked by “the war on terrorism”. The source below is a primary source from the 9/11 terror attacks in the U.S. In the source we can see many people flocking for cover from near the World Trade Centre as the first of the two towers collapses. The source interests me as you can see the fear and madness terrorism causes. By the facial expressions of the people running you can see that they are all scare. Not sure about what just happened they are all running for safety. This source is very useful as it shows how terrorism can affect such a large number of people and cause so much fear; causing widespread fear being their main objective.
9/11 saw many changes to the way many people viewed terrorism. Since September 11, 2001, much of the world’s society has changed their few of terrorism and began to stereotype a particular group of people; Muslims. Despite their differences, these wars have a common feature: an interaction between the United States and the Muslim world. While relatively few people would repeat Representative John Cooksey's statement after the Sept. 11 attacks that "If I see someone come in and he's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and checked," the vast majority of Americans - and many Europeans - do have a stereotype in mind when we think of terrorists, and that stereotype is of someone of Arab descent. Since September 11, this country has seen a resurgence of the stereotyping of Muslims and persons of Arab descent as terrorists. The assumption is that there is a link between a person’s ethnicity or religion on the one hand, and his support for terrorism on the other hand. This stereotyping has affected Muslim and Arab citizens and residents, charities, religious leaders, and heads of state. Stereotypes become stereotypes for a reason, of course. Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al- Zahawiri, are Arabs. All 19 of the Sept. 11 hijackers were...
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