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Terrorism in the 21st Century

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Today's terrorists know no borders-they emerge quickly and without respect for power, prestige, or military might. Driven by hatred of America and its allies, terrorists do not distinguish between politics and religion, or between governments and civilians.

How should the United States protect its vital interests against terrorism in the 21st Century?

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1. Today's terrorists know no borders-they emerge quickly and without respect for power, prestige, or military might. Driven by hatred of America and its allies, terrorists do not distinguish between politics and religion, or between governments and civilians. How should the United States protect its vital interests against terrorism in the 21st Century?

According to Pena (2003), a critic of the new Bush strategy, a year after 9/11, the Bush administration articulated a new security doctrine that committed the country to worldwide military intervention in pursuit of democracy at the expense of national security. He argues that this strange fruit of Wilsonian idealism and neo-conservative ambition is triply misconceived: it will guarantee damaging over-extension of resources, fuel bitter resentment of the United States, and abandon homeland security to the chimera of global control. It is not empire that the US needs, but modesty. http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-georgebush/article_1242.jsp

Pena (2003) points out that President Bush proposed a new strategy for the first part of the 21st century, which includes two specific policies designed to protect America against terrorist attacks:

· Strengthen alliances to defeat global terrorism and work to prevent attacks against us and our friends
· Prevent our enemies from threatening us, our allies, and our ...

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This solution discusses how the United States should protect its vital interests against terrorism in the 21st Century. Supplemented with two articles on national security.

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