THE REAL NATIONAL TREASURE
The United States, along with the allied forces of the world, is currently fighting to find Osama bin Laden as well as his organization, al Qaeda, in Afghanistan. The new declaration of the "War on Terrorism" has withdrawn all boundaries that the terrorist organizations have been hiding behind. Although this war is a new idea to the average American Citizen, it is an old foe of the governments in most countries, which have already established antiterrorism and counter-terrorism task forces, but are now working together under an allied force. With the tightened security at the airports and military facilities, the counter-terrorism efforts are fighting back to counter the terrorists actions, but the key to fighting terrorism is to prevent the attacks from happening at all.
More than a majority of the American public supports this military action against countries that terrorize the United States. In fact according to a gallop poll, eighty-eight percent of Americans polled agree that the United States should take military action in retaliation for attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The problem that is being faced by the world is how to avoid future attacks after the smoke clears from the current engagement.
There are two types of forces that are currently employed against terrorism and both have the same mission of fighting terrorism, with different applications. The antiterrorism force is used as a preventive action against future attacks while the counter-terrorism task force has many more post-action responsibilities. According to the Office of Counter-Terrorism, there are four policies being implemented as guidelines: "Make no concessions to terrorists and strike no deals, bring terrorists to justice for their crimes, isolate and apply pressure on states that sponsor terrorism to force them to change their behavior, and bolster the counter-terrorism capabilities of those countries... [continues]
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