I assure you, dear brothers, that we are firm on the road of jihad... to destroy the new Jewish Crusade. "3 The fax forced Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide to consider, even if only for an instant, the validity of the claim. Was this a legitimate application of jihad? Were all Muslims compelled to fight alongside the Taliban? Even as the war in Afghanistan draws to an apparent close, the question is still worthy of consideration, for if bin Laden is correct, then non-Muslim nations are literally powerless to defend themselves against Muslim nations without creating a monstrous backlash from all Muslims of the world who heed the holy call.
They may not know that they walk the streets with them and plan their next means of destruction not too far away. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad or PIJ is one of the most well known military or terrorist organizations involved in the Arab Israeli conflict. This organization is a constant threat to Israel and the international community. Their radical leaders and allies have taken control over communities and seek to completely destroy Israel through their movement. The Arabic term jihad means to “struggle”, “strive”, to “fight”.4 10 In the western world, it is often referred to as a “holy war” which was started by Muslims and intended to defend and spread their religious beliefs.9 Ian Garrett pg.
Noam Chomsky argues in the article ““Looking Back on 9/11: Was there an Alternative” that by rushing into this war, the U.S just fell into bin-Laden’s trap of forcing them to engage in many expensive wars that would drive them to bankruptcy (Chomsky). Whereas as the in the article titled ““A Counterterrorism Strategy for the "Next Wave"”, the Heritage Society disputes that the war and the negative effects of it are justifiable because it is for the greater good, it is to prevent terrorism. They insist on spe... ... middle of paper ... ...r’ Became Everyone’s Islamophobia and the Impact of September 11 on the Political Terrain of South and Southeast Asia.” HUMAN ARCHITECTURE: JOURNAL OF THE SOCIOLOGY OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE 1 (2006): 20-50. Piazza, James and James Igoe Walsh. “Physical Integrity Rights and Terrorism.” Terrorism and Human Rights (2010).
With the global community in an uproar and Iraq overrunning Kuwait cities, the US was pressured by the United Nations to spearhead the intervention in the conflict. Because the invasion of Kuwait broke numerous international laws and threatened the livelihood of a nation, as well as global economic stability, the United States was thus justified in the liberation of Kuwait. Iraq was always considered dangerous, especially with her leader, Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein was considered too radical and dangerous by countless military and independent analysts. Given his past in politics where he killed many of his competitors, analysts often over predicted the potency Saddam would have on the global level which catalyzed the intervention response time (Robins 122).
Because we know the consequences, we have to decide again, is it acceptable to stereotype some people and set them apart on the basis of their religion and national origin just because they “fit the profile”? No doubt, the terrorist attacks in the United States have changed many things in the “self-contained” American mentality. Feelings such as fear, anger, hate, and sadness washed through our minds like a gigantic storm in the middle of the ocean. The new mind-set about “suspicious” people from certain ethnic group became an everyday norm soon after the September events. It became the standard procedure to single out Muslim-looking people and subject them to additional searches, it is the norm now to ask them three or four times a day for identification papers anytime and anywhere.
The religion of Islam garners large amounts attention. Many believe it is a violent and backwards religion. Since 9/11, "Islamic reform" has become an all-purpose phrase: equally a western impulse to protect itself from Muslim violence and a humanist notion aimed at assisting voiceless Muslims (Eteraz1). Extreme displays of Islamic faith such as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 have generated negative stereotypes about Islam as a religion. These stereotypes of violence and backwards thinking have been further perpetuated by even more recent examples of extremism by Muslim terrorists.
In broad terms, radical Islamists: 1) seek to reestablish the caliphate and rule the Muslim world, i.e., the imposition of Islamic law in nuclear-armed Pakistan, 2) call for the elimination of Western alliances, influence, culture, and commerce from the globe, 3) rely on myriad soft, noncombatant, civilian targets that are vulnerable to terrorism to achieve their objectives, 4) operate through decentralized factions, or sleeper terror cells, rather than a central command, 5) attack Muslims and non-Muslims with equal fervor, 6) create discord between the Muslim world and the globalizing West, 7) perpetuate apprehension and jeopardize personal liberty with a global strategy of continued threats and periodic attacks. While deciphering Lansky’s scribble, I recalled a stat from the New York Times that led me to think that “sleeper cells” in America must be comatose. Outside of the Afghanistan and Iraqi war... ... middle of paper ... ...nal authorities, minimizing the trepidation one might experience if instructed to contact the military or police directly. Under McSnoop, informants who reported terrorists and/or their planned attacks would be financially rewarded and could choose to enter the most comprehensive and far-reaching witness protection program ever devised. They and their families would be relocated to safe havens throughout the world, which might significantly improve their quality of life.
From this analysis future areas of possible threats will be highlighted and show that due to these efforts terrorism is decreasing. Meaning and goals To first demonstrate that terrorism can be defeated the meaning and some myths surrounding the behaviour must be clarified. Some believe that the word terrorism has lost all meaning as it de... ... middle of paper ... ...occupation of Afghanistan and the first Gulf War. By coupling religious believes with violence, the destructiveness of terrorism can be lifted to cosmic levels (Belford, 2002). By using Islam to 'legitimise' there cause, Islamic Fanatics target all Muslim which make up 1billion of the world population.
Westerners brand them as terrorists, they brand themselves as freedom fighters; people argue both ways on this topic. 9/11 was just one of the many effective displays of terror that they can cause among the Western powers. Islam also has interesting teachings, which turns some people into fanatics or zealots; driving them to commit such atrocities. Islamic Fundamentalism is the bad idea of mixing religion with politics, resulting in dictators who hate the U.S and most likely secretly support Al-Qaeda Thus resulting in the West generalizing the Arabic population as just being mindless terrorists. The attacks located at the Benghazi Embassy, another freighting display of power.
The War on Terror seems like a never-ending war over ideology and the ability for the US to counterattack anti-US beliefs. After 9/11, many Americans felt the need go after those who blindsided the nation with violence, invoking the events of Pearl Harbor. We have to go back into the past to see how we went from fighting communist to radical Islamic groups. It a... ... middle of paper ... ... control, centered on Baghdad. Now, because of the destruction of the old Iraqi society, for the first time in centuries, power is in the hands of the Iraqi Shiites.