The fourth airplane which was hijacked by terrorists, which there were unconfirmed reports that it was heading toward the White House, was taken back in to control by passengers on the plane, but it fatally crashed in Pennsylvania. This led to a Military retaliation against those responsible for the attacks on our great country. Osama Bin Laden a known terrorist took credit for the attacks on the United States. In this paper I will show my point of view on how I feel that the United States’ Military Action in Afghanistan and the Middle East is Justified to take a stand against terrorism and to fight for freedom world wide. “The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.
Allah, being the God of Muslim religion, is being honored according to the Al Qaeda terrorist network because the United States is being racist towards the Muslim and the Islamic world. These allegations have led the Al Qaeda network to declare a "holy war" on the United States, demanding that all Afghan people raise up and fight for their religion. Over the last three weeks the United States has begun taking military action against the Taliban and the Al Qaeda network. The United States attacks have spread all over Afghanistan focusing on the capital of the Taliban in Kabul, other cities that have been hit include Jalalabad and Herat. The U.S. led forces have mainly centralized on terrorist training camps and air fields.
Osama bin Laden started Al Qaeda with the money that his wealthy Saudi father left him when he died, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan (Moyer). He called the invasion an attack on Islam itself. Soon enough, though, Al Qaeda grew into a group recruiting bloody jihadis, spreading fear, and punishing those against their views. (Currie 70-71) Bin Laden only focused on destroying military installations and soldiers and left civilians alone as much as possible in Afghanistan, therefore being constructive. He supplied many resources to the war effort, thereby playing a major role in making the Soviet troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
America has been on a mission to destroy terrorist threats with the War on Terror ever since the brink of disaster of 9/11. Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th, 2001. This has disrupted the balance of once the strongest nation in the world. Many believe this terrorist insurgence was bound to happen due to the past history. According to Ph.D. Zalman 9/11 dated all the way back to 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and set up a procommunist leader.
Hopefully these deaths were not in vein, now other countries have joined George Bush in the war against terrorism and are launching repeated strikes on Afghanistan (the Al-Quaida’s supposed base.) They hope that these attacks will prevent any further events from happening. These attacks have in my view displayed that the Taliban can control the US economy and hit any target they wish, no matter how well guarded it is. Perhaps America should have been more cautious and handled the threats more carefully. Maybe they were being too proud and this is why the Taliban believe it is justifiable to kill innocents, or they chose to attack now because America was just feeling safe.
"I am not afraid of suicide, God will receive me for I will be a martyr." "Jihad is my destiny, my life." Chants taught in Palestinian elementary schools.1 Jihad came under additional scrutiny as word spread of the fax that Osama bin Laden allegedly sent to the al-Jazeera television station in Qatar later in September.2 Bin Laden's fax was a call to Pakistani Muslims to participate in jihad against the United States. "We incite our Muslim brothers in Pakistan to deter with all their capabilities the American crusaders from invading Pakistan and Afganistan... I assure you, dear brothers, that we are firm on the road of jihad... to destroy the new Jewish Crusade.
His histories of the development of militant Islamists in Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are the most vivid. Anwar Sadat, for example, turned to the Islamists and ended up losing his life to one of the very groups he hoped would counter the Nasserists and other leftists. Cooley claims that the United States has put itself in harm's way by supporting the Afghanis and others in the Cold War battle against communism/socialism. Many of these Afghanis have come back to haunt the United States, most notably Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and Osama bin Laden. The Saudi government also had given huge sums of money for the Afghan jihad, only to see some of the people they supported turn on them, especially bin Laden.
Also the Taliban is forcing the civilians and farmers to fight the Americans and Nato forces and if they don’t the Taliban with kill them and their whole family. It stated in the Los Angeles Times “... a complete withdraw wouldn’t be in the interest either of this country or Afghanistan…”. Right now America is just losing soldiers lives in the middle east but if we let Afghanistan be a stronghold for terrorist than the United States could see another September 11, 2001. The United States homeland could be threatened if we don't control the Terrorist in Afghanistan. That is why I strongly believe the United States should still continue military operations and aid in Afghanistan.
The members of Taliban were originally the people who fought against Soviet Union in 1980s. To contain the communism Americans trained the local people and gave them weapon to fight against the Soviets. The Taliban was seen as a “freedom fighter group” that defeated Soviet Union; citizens were happy and looked forward to a better future. After the Soviet Union was defeated, Taliban quickly gained power. United States didn’t take the weapons back from the Taliban that backfired and as a result soldiers from United States are fighting in Afghanistan over terrorism.
The terrorists, or better known as the Taliban, attacked America under reasonable moral claims. In the perspective of the Taliban and the Iraqi insurgents, the action to attack the United States was morally sensible to declare a just war. The Islamic group’s actions are based on their religion of fighting in the name of Jihad. In the Quran (holy book in Islam), Jihad is translated to “holy war”, but mostly defined as struggling or striving (Jihad). Radical Muslims took the meaning of Jihad to an extreme measure of performing violent acts for it is what their “God wants”.