Terrorism and Additional Terrorist Acts

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Terrorism
Joseph Barnes
Axia Campus of University of Phoenix

Abstract
Every nation big or small suffers from random acts of violence known as terrorism. Described in this paper is what terrorism is, facts about terrorism, and details concerning one of the most disastrous terrorist attacks that took place in the United States, along with other attacks in both the U.S. and other nations. Several questions will be answered which include: Why is there heavier terrorism activity in certain areas of the world?, What do the sites of terrorist activities have in common?, Could laws, procedures, or organizations, either national or international, have prevented these attacks?, Who should determine what sorts of laws and organizations are most effective?, Does the United States have a moral obligation, a practical reason, or both, for becoming involved in stopping terrorist activities in other countries?, How has the idea of terrorism affected the lives of individual Americans since 9/11?, and How have American priorities changed since 9/11?; details will be provided that answer the questions with factual data, opinions, and views of the topics.

Terrorism is an act of violence which is used to try to force others into submission. There are many different forms of terrorism but the most common is violence which usually ends with many deaths. These acts are usually well planned to ensure that the actions take places, some of which even involve inside parties. Terrorism is an increasing problem, one of the most memorable acts was the September 11th tragedies put into place by Osama Bin Laden. These acts carried out by AL-Qaeda consisted of four attacks involving the hijacking and crashing of passenger airplanes. The first two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon was the third of the targets to be hit. The fourth airplane was headed for Washington, but did not reach its target, it was thwarted by passengers and crew aboard and crashed into a field.

Since the tragic events of September 11th there have been a multitude of acts of terrorism on multiple territories. The United States alone has suffered through 33 instances, which isn't much compared to Israel which the numbers were in the thousands. It is sad really that some groups feel that acts of violence are the key to solving their problems.

Determining those as terrorists is not an easy task, some members can even include those of the United States Armed Forces. Such is proven with the actions that occurred at Fort Hood, one of the largest U.S. military complex in the world. Which on November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan one of the facilities and opened fire upon military personnel, eventually he was apprehended but not before killing 13 people and injuring 29 others. When questioned during custody his reasoning was that he was upset about his deployment to Afghanistan. The military felt somewhat responsible for not realizing that an officer of the U.S. Military was having mental issues such as this.

Its an unfortunate fact that the terrorist activities are much larger in other areas of the world then in the United States. There are several reasons as to why the acts of violence are much greater, including that other areas often lack the quality of life that found in the United States, crime enforcement is much less, different religions have different beliefs, and the government's control ability is lessened. Additionally, other areas have different and additional resources, such as oil in the Middle Eastern region, which some feel that it is there right to control them, for reasons like these areas have different beliefs which they feel could and should be changed.

Even since the Trade Towers incidents, massive amounts of car and suicide bombings in Iraq have continued. The total amount of incidents rack up in the thousands, each event having different reasons as to their occurrence. Suicide...
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