Solution for Terrorism

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Larry Lease
Comp II
Problem Solution Essay
The Solution for Terrorism
Terrorism, which has been around for as long as people can remember has been on the rise for the past ten years. Terrorists use bombings, kidnappings, hijackings, murders as a way to achieve a political goal such as the release of so called “political prisoners”. These radicals do not just target the United States, but they focus on all parts of the world, in every way, shape and form.

There are many different types of terrorism, for many different purposes. The primary reason for terrorist attacks is to force a change in their nation’s government or the country’s government they are attacking. If terrorists are not satisfied with their government’s political positions, they may end up taking the matters into their own hands. Another reason for terrorist attacks are because of hate towards a race, nationality, or religion. For example, in 1972 the Palestinian Liberation Organization invaded Israeli dorms in the Munich Olympics, and held the Israeli athletes’ hostage until Israel agreed to release Palestinian terrorists that were captured in Israel. When Israel refused to comply with the terrorists’ demands, the PLO blew up two helicopters which held the Israeli athletes, killing the whole team. This was one of the many cruel and cowardly types of terrorism. In recent years, terrorism seems to be at a new high and attacks are more violent than in the past. With terrorism being so secretive and having no forewarning, it has been a real problem to deal with. The governments of many countries have tried to stop these cowardly acts, however they just seem to continually escalate over time. I have a few ideas that might work.

Since there are no fool-proof ways to predict when a terrorist will strike next, there can really be no complete answer to this problem. Even though there is no way to totally eliminate terrorism, my solutions may still prove valid and help prevent future attacks.

With the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Federal building in Oklahoma City, rental moving trucks have been used to carry the bomb to the site. An idea I have for this type of attack, would be to take a still photo or a video tape of the people who rent the trucks and record their social security numbers. I would install an electronic fume detector inside of every truck. This device could be connected to a national satellite network, to let investigators know what kind of materials the truck is carrying. For example, if the truck was carrying dynamite, the sensor would relay the message to the satellite that this truck is carrying hazardous material. Upon this detection, the dispatchers could send the message to the FBI, who then would send the bomb squad to the location of the truck, and arrest the individuals driving, and safely defuse the bomb.

It appears as though terrorists choose to place the bombs in parking garages below or inside buildings. Another idea I have for this is to screen all vehicles entering government buildings that may be a target for an attack and also screen the passengers in the vehicle. This in itself might make terrorists more leery about entering a building carrying any type of explosive device. The use of metal detectors on people entering government buildings along with dogs that can sniff out bombs in vehicles can also help the situation.

One of the most lethal types of terrorist attacks is airplane hijackings. There have been a number of hijackings, which then lead to a bombing of the plane in midair. In 1986, a PanAm plane blew up in midair killing all passengers on board; one of the top terrorist groups took responsibility for that attack. Also in the late 1980s, a Transworld airline flight was hijacked and made several stops before commandos rushed the plane and killed some of the terrorists. Unfortunately, the terrorists had killed several passengers and even dumped one murdered...
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