Issues With the Hunt for al-Qaeda

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Issues With the Hunt for al-Qaeda

The article investigates the mixed messages sent from the White House

in America for the hunt of those in the al-Qaeda. The analysis below

studies three issues, with evidence and possible suggestions.

Issue One


The first issue is that of blind obedience. This means that people

automatically perform tasks, regardless of whether they're correct or

not. "The suicide bomb that killed 12 people…terrorist attack"

strengthens this issue - it shows how terrorists are prepared to take

their own life so that they can affect others. The other angle of the

similar idea is that of scapegoating, and how President Bush is using

his leadership. Evidence supporting that blind obedience occurs in

society comes from Milgram.

Evidence One

Milgram's study aimed to see how obedient people would be. The idea

was that people would not do as the experimenter said and

"electrocute" people. However, the findings showed that 40 people went

up to giving a 300-volt shock to the "learner", which surprised

researchers. The astonishing link is that President Bush is using a

similar tactic - his position of authority - to get the politics out

of the "embarrassment for the Administration…" by announcing Mr

Padilla's arrest. This shows how obedience from authority figures

still exists today in society, as it did when the experimenter in

Milgram's study "prodded" people to continue to perform a bizarre


Suggestion One


A possible suggestion to address the issue comes from Milgram's study.

It shows how the public should perhaps question authority figures when

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...o its conflicts with

another culture, thus leading to attacks. Teaching and learning to

understand others is vital, but this cannot be taught to everyone -

there may be a biological trait to not accepting and understanding

difference, and therefore eugenics would be the answer in an attempt

to solve this.



Despite the many issues in regarding such a matter, it is difficult to

remove such problems as prejudice and cross-cultural communication, as

explained above. The article has outlined the many problems that could

be avoided - such as a lack of communication and understanding of

other cultures, but other traits are difficult to remove from society.


Philip Banyard and Andrew Grayson (2000, 2nd edition), Introducing

Psychological Research, UK, PALGRAVE PUBLICATIONS
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