Combating Terrorism Steve Elsey April 13, 2011 POLS 3100
Fighting terrorism has always been more than a physical confrontation; it also is a battle of ideas. Al Qaeda, for instance, has stated that “Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be rewarded for it by God. To call us Enemy No. 1 or 2 does not hurt us. Osama bin Laden is confident that the Islamic nation will carry out its duty. I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the socalled superpower that is America.”(Osama bin Laden: Conversation with Terror) We cannot do anything to stop terrorism all together, there will always be radicals, but we can try to minimize their effects. We will always have to respond to terrorist attacks like we have in the past, by retaliating against the persons responsible, but there is a better long term solution for how we can combat terror. The war on terror has always been a war on ideals, and we need to help push the ideals that contradict those terrorists operations. “Ideas can transform the embittered and disillusioned either into murderers willing to kill innocents, or into free peoples living harmoniously in a diverse society.” (National Strategy for Combating Terrorism) We can obtain a world with minimized terror by creating a global environment that is inhospitable to violent extremists and those who support them. One of the terrorist main ways on spreading terror is through the media. We would be best to counter in the media as well. "Our enemies have skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but for the most part we, our country, our government, has not," Rumsfeld said in remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He said that while the al Qaeda ...
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