I need to write a paper detailing the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The number of terrorist incidents on U.S. soil has totaled 33. Other countries, like the U.K., have experienced more (190), with some countries like Israel reporting numbers in the thousands (National Counterterrorism Center, 2011).
Review the incidents from this list of significant terrorist activities here and abroad. You can research these for a fuller understanding of how terrorism has affected the United States in the last decade.
- 2002: Failed attempt to shoot down an Israeli jetliner in Kenya
- 2002: Attack of French tanker off coast of Yemen
- 2002: Shooting at Los Angeles International Airport by Hesham Mohamen Ali Heayat results in the deaths of two people
- 2002: Bombing of nightclub in Bali, Indonesia
- 2003: Car bombing of JW Marriot hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia
- 2004: Commuter train bombings in Madrid, Spain
- 2004: Attack of Western oil companies and housing compounds in Al Khobar, Saudia Arabia, results in death of 22 people
- 2004: Armed assailants breached U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, resulting in 5 deaths
- 2005: Bombings of London underground trains and bus
- 2005: American citizen Michael Reynolds in Pocatello, Idaho, offers to assist al-Qaida in acts of terrorism by planning attacks and describing bomb making techniques
- 2007: IED explosions at restaurant in Cotabato, Philippines, results in three people critically injured
- 2009: Shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, by Sunni extremist results in 56 wounded or killed
- 2002-present: Thousands of car bombings, suicide bombings, and attacks on civilians in Iraq
Write a 1,050-to 1,750-word paper in which you consider some of the following questions. Use specific events, including at least three from the list above, to support your ideas.
- Why is there heavier activity in certain areas of the world?
- What do the sites of terrorist activities have in common?
- Could laws, procedures, or organizations, either national or international, have prevented these attacks?
- Who should determine what sorts of laws and organizations are most effective? Defend your position.
- Does the United States have a moral obligation, a practical reason, or both, for becoming involved in stopping terrorist activities in other countries? Defend your position.
- How has the idea of terrorism affected the lives of individual Americans since 9/11?
- How have American priorities changed since 9/11?
Terrorism Following 9/11 Attacks
There has never been a time that terrorism has been so high; not only in the United States, but all around the world. The most concentrated areas of terrorist attacks are in and around the Middle East. Places like Israel, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, to name a few, see terroristic attacks with almost daily consistency. In addition to these countries, there are increasing tensions in and around the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring. Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria all have seen the effect of the Arab Spring, and these affects are spilling over to other nations around the area and across the world.
Why Is Terrorism More Frequent In Certain Areas of the World
It is well understood that terrorism is more prevalent in and around the Middle Eastern Region, but why? There are two prevailing theory's that may shed light on an answer to this question. First, many believe that inequality and economic poverty are the root cause that drives acts of terrorism (Goldstein, 2005). The second theory and one generally agreed upon in the United States, is the idea that a lack of political freedom and general human rights has caused marginalized groups to lash out in acts of terrorism (Goldstein, 2005). This idea seems to be the most prevalent, and could explain the current upheaval of governments in the Middle East. While many people in the Middle East desire to achieve equality and human rights, there are those who see countries like the United States and Israel as threats to their current way of life and belief system. This in turn fosters acts of terrorism against these nations. The reason that there are fewer acts of terrorism in the United States is that terrorists do not have the means to reach the United States as frequently as they do in areas near their area of origin. Thus, acts of terrorism are more frequent within a localized region of the world, against targets that affect the part of the world the terrorist feels hostility toward.
Commonality of Terrorist Targets
Most terrorist targets have one thing in common, high profile areas that make a statement and garner attention. ...
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