The United States has already created a catch 22 situation with the middle east by its obsessive intrusion into the affairs of the middle east which is the main reason that terrorism has rose to what it has today. The government needs to be careful in who it accuses as those responsible. But when there is no doubt, swift, accurate, and just punishment should be used whether it be with a small special forces team knocking out those in power or a full scale war against the countries that harbor the terrorists. With this the government should have full support of the people, and should not back down to any country responsible for bringing death to our home.
I hope that after you complete your review of my paper that you will have an appreciation for the creation of the US Patriot Act, because it protects Americans by making it difficult for terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda to operate in the United States. Homeland Security Policy Paper The cowardly terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 changed the perception of many Americans. It became increasingly evident that terrorist groups were evolving into a beast that we as a nation have never witnessed. After the attacks it became increasing evident that it was time to strengthen our policies and fight back against terror. Our great nation had to show the terrorist groups that we would not sit back in fear, but instead increase our nation’s resilience and preparedness in response to terrorism activities.
As a response to these September 11 attacks, many countries, including Middle Eastern countries (with the exception of Iraq), criticized the attacks offering support and unity to the United States. The United Nations Security Council also criticized these attacks and claimed that it is necessary to take all the steps which are needed to response and fight against all types of terrorism in accordance with the United Nations Security Council’s Charter. (US News Center) The United States’ response to these attacks was expressed in a form of the Presidential foreign policy doctrine; the Bush Doctrine.
Conclusion It is equally critical that U.S. counterterrorist efforts be legitimate in the eyes of the international community. The support of other nations is indispensable to the disruption of terrorist operations and controlling the spread of weapons of mass destruction, but the war against Iraq ignored the dissent of allies. US grand strategy should not ignore interdependence in the domain of international security. Counter-terrorism involves several activities such as the effective use of diplomacy, financial controls, law enforcement, intelligence gathering and military power. Every tool that is used to fight terrorism has a lot to contribute; counterterrorism requires a lot of tools that are available because multi-terrorism in itself is multi-faceted.
This act shows terrorists that democratic governments will act decisively to prevent their evil crimes. The bombings were necessary to send a message that terrorist attacks would not be tolerated and to try to prevent further violence. Conversely, some argue that the U.S. is committing international terrorism themselves. The United States regularly uses violence for political motives, to intimidate and terrify, which is the exact definition of terrorism. The bombings in Afghanistan and Sudan were called anti-terrorist raids, but they were actually acts of terrorism by the U.S. themselves.
When we are attacked with force, we have natural response to want to defend our selves. Whether attacked as individuals, as a group or collectively as a nation, we have the inherit right to use measures of self-defense in response to acts of violence and aggression. Article 51 of the United Nations Charter makes this point extremely clear: “nothing…shall impair the inherit right of individual or collective self defense if an armed attack occurs against a member of the United Nations..” Before 9-11, it was understood within the international community that ‘armed’ attacks were planned and executed by nation States against other sovereign States. According to Theresa Reinold however, the terrorist attacks on the pentagon and the world trade center on September 11th, 2001, has changed the definition of an ‘armed’ attack; effectively changing who is to be held accountable. It is thus necessary to explore the reasons for this change as well as its future implications for the international community in general.
During Bush?s State of the Union speech, he emphasized that a key role of our government was to protect us from foreign terrorists. However, if the Bush Administration continues to advocate such measures as the Patriot Act, then an important question is raised: Who will protect us from our own government? I conclude my stance with a quote from Senator Russel Feingold the sole senator who voted in opposition to the USA Patriot Act, Feingold passionately states ?Preserving our freedom is one of the main reasons that we are now engaged in this new war against terrorism. We will lose that war without firing a shot if we sacrifice the liberties of the American people. ?
The United States needs to be concerned about terrorism to prevent tragedies like 9/11 from happening again, to address problems with domestic terrorism, and to improve homeland security. To prevent tragedies like 9/11 from taking its toll on the United States, terrorism needs to be thought about still to this day. One quote that proves this point is, “ In 2001, the federal commission warned that terrorists could get weapons that can cause mass destruction. Congress needs to work on the integrated governmental structures to better the nation's security” (Augustine). The nation's security can help with the destruction of weapons that are dangerous to the U.S.
CHANGES NEEDED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY On September 11, 2001 terrorism became a reality! There is no way for the United States to prevent future attacks on Americans without working as a coalition force with the other nations to identify, track, and eliminate terrorist networks around the world. One of the main problems with fighting a war on terrorism is that the nations of the world have become to accustomed to working alone as individuals vice working together. The United States will need to change its approach in order to conquer the worldwide threat of terrorism. The way to defeat terrorism at home and around the world is to form an international counter-terrorist task force.
It even covered our bad relationship with Saudi Arabia and how to develop it. Not knowing when the next terrorist attack would occur, President Bush also created the Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security specialized in giving special needs to the topic terrorist attacks. It is broken down into many departments to provide better security for America. Giving the U.S. a team for each aspect of terrorism, we are able to cover borders, airports, and many others areas for attacks.