Barstow Community College
Terrorism in the World Today
Leia Noelle Edwards
Due By May 17th, 2013
3 May 2013
Terrorism in Today's World
There are a few different definitions of terrorism in society. One interpretation is the “use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.” (Dictionary.com, LLC) The cultural definition given by the same source is quite long, but very worthy of a quote. It states that terrorism is best defined culturally as:
“Acts of violence committed by groups that view themselves as victimized by some notable historical wrong. Although these groups have no formal connection with governments, they usually have the financial and moral backing of sympathetic governments. Typically, they stage unexpected attacks on civilian targets, including embassies and airliners, with the aim of sowing fear and confusion” (Dictionary.com, LCC).
Many define September 11th, 2001 as one of the most destructive acts ever taken upon the United States of America. A group of Islamic terrorists, questioned to be a part of the Al Qaeda group, took control over three of America's commercial airliners. The terrorists hijacked the airliners while the planes were in mid-air, took over the controls of the planes themselves, and crashed them into two different areas; the Pentagon, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. At the Pentagon, there were a total of 189 who were killed in the building itself, and another sixty-four who were killed during the impact of the airliner crashing. Keep in mind this was just in the Pentagon alone. The numbers that were killed during the attack on the World Trade Center easily multiply that of the deaths of the Pentagon. When the two airliners collided with the two towers, there was an instantaneous, insurmountable amount of fire that consumed the building, in the places where the buildings were hit.
It is stated in an article online that, until the Boston Marathon bombings, there had been a total of zero terrorist attacks in the United States since the 9/11 attack.. There have also been zero terrorist attacks in Germany, France, Portugal, and Italy. A recorded number of attacks have occurred in Europe, Great Britain, and Spain. All since the 9/11 attack on the United States. Is this true? Or is the media trying so hard to cover up the world's affairs within the US, and hiding the truth from the people who are being the most affected.
Since 2010, there have been many recorded attacks on the United States of America. In February of 2010, there was a suicide attack on Austin. Andrew Joseph Stack III was flying his aircraft, a Piper Dakota to be specific, and crashed into the IRS complex in Austin, Texas. Because of his actions he costs another person their life, and injured an additional thirteen.
In March of 2010, John Patrick Bedell shot and injured two police officers stationed at the Pentagon. The two police officers were stationed at a security checkpoint at the station right outside of the Pentagon, in Arlington County, Virginia.
On September 1, 2010 James J. Lee took three people hostage in the lobby of the Discovery Communications headquarters in Maryland. He brought with him two starter pistols and an explosive device. None of the hostages were injured or killed due to the heroic act of a police officer. When the police officer got the chance to shoot Lee, he took the risk. Lee was shot dead. It had come to the media's and governments attention that earlier in the month Lee had posted a large article and blog ranting about the population growth and immigration into America.
On August 5 of 2012 Wade Michael Page killed six and injured three at the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Following his actions Page killed himself...
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