The War on Terrorism
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The New Threat To World Peace
Terrorism and terrorists are defined as people who cause death and destruction through means of bombs and hostage taking who bassically cause terror for religious reasons or another cause they see just.
After the end of the cold war people claimed that there was no threat to world peace .They were wrong however on September 11th 2001 all their views changed.
On September 11th 2001 two planes were hijacked and crashed into the Twin Towers aka (the World Trade Center) ,people also over looked that supposedly one plane was crashed in to the Pentagon and one was heading to the White House but was brought down by the passengers in midflight. After the planes crashed the World Trade Center Imploded killing a few thousand people. The Hijakers were working for al quieda a fanatical religious group who controlled Afghanistan ( ring any bells ). Its supprising however that the americans during the cold war helped to set up al quidea in afghanistan by arming them to fight their soviet oppresors. After the soviet troops retreated the Americans left Al quieda to run Afghanistan.
After the bombings of Sept 11th America had the worlds support in the fact that Afghanistan needed to be taught a lesson. America pledged war against terrorism and any one who harboured terrorisits. Countries such as Pakistan who showed a small liking for Afghanistan backed off and let America use its airfields after this declaration of war against terror even Russia who weren't great freinds of America were letting the americans use a big airbase near afghanistgan. Thus beggan the war on terror after NATO allowed that some action must be taken against Afghanistan and the Alquieda. The coalition moved in to take Afgahnistan.
The taliban aka ( alquieda) called upon its people to unite in a jihad (a holy war) against the evil west and America. A jihad is a Muslim holy war, all Muslims able to fight are supposed to for their religion.
The aim of this invasion was to quel the terrorist threat in Afghanistan and end the rule of Osama bin Laden over Afgahnistan by capturing him. The Coaltion succeded in there first objective and defeated the Taliban in Afghanistan They however have failed to captuer Osama bin Laden who is rumourd to reside in the Pakistani mountains. He is believed to continue to co ordinate terrorist attacks on the west and periodically releases tapes congratulating the muslim terrorists for blowing various things up also I belive he is taunting the americans in saying, you still havent got me .
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Ever since the beginning of the terrorist attacks on American soil, the War on Terror has been involved in the lives of Americans and nations near us. The War on Terror’s background originated through conflicts between warring countries in the Middle East; U.S. involvement started when a terrorist guided plane crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 in New York City. The attack was suspected to be the work of the middle-eastern terrorist group Al-Qaeda. The U.S. military, under the leadership of then commander-in-chief George W. Bush, declared a “War on Terror” on the terrorist group and the fighting began. Over ten plus years human rights and civil liberties have been violated as thousands of innocent of civilians have…show more content…
According to the UN only 9,759 civilians have died in Afghanistan, but the Lansing medical journal reports that 654,965 civilian casualties occurred in Iraq from 2003 to 2006 so these reports should be taken with a grain of salt. On the pro-Saddam side of the war 76,778 Islamists fighters have died; these deaths were made of security forces, private contractors, Sons of Iraq, and most were made up of other supporters of the regime. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Armed Forces have suffered 4,487 deaths and 32,223 were wounded in action as of May 2012.
As seen by these studies the people suffering are more so the families of the innocent civilians than those who fought in the conflicts, and a lot of them were not killed by soldiers. As shown by sites like WikiLeaks many civilian deaths are caused by mines or drones. These numbers show the amount of devastation caused by the War on terror and more than ten years later these numbers are still rising. Ultimately there are still over 50,000 troops in Afghanistan and there are still plans to remain there for a while. Another consequence of the war is that in a combination of regarding the safety of the homeland and getting an edge against possible threats, civil liberties have been violated and human rights have been abused. After the 9/11 attack on Twin Towers and the Pentagon the U.S. government has called for new forms of defense against possible attacks