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Terrorism: Sociological Impact & Analysis

The solution, an essay of 2,224 words provides an in depth discussion of terrorism geared to answer the following questions:

1. What will be the long-term sociological impacts of terrorism on the United States?

2. Americans have a reputation for forgetting any event that took place more than two weeks ago. Will we soon forget the lessons of 9/11?

3. Many people complain about loopholes in our legal system. What elements of due process would you do away with in order to feel safer from terrorism? Would you, for example, allow for torture to gain critical intelligence?

4. What are the differences between religious and political terrorists?

The solution is written in APA format; the references provided can expand the discussion further. A word-version of the solution is attached for easy printing.

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Dear Student,
I decided to go the comprehensive route and gave you more than you asked for at 250 - while the concepts can certainly be explained within those limits, I believe you deserved a more detailed explanation to relate issues and ideas necessary to put the answers in perspective, socially & historically. I have attached a word version of the solution for easy printing. The solution is written in APA format. Good luck, thanks for using brainmass. Just send me a message if you have any questions re: the solution.

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1. Long Term Effects of Terrorism

Every generation, every era throughout history if we reckon back into antiquity had its defining social dilemma that throws not just singular societies into turmoil. That social dilemma or phenomena as sociologists call said events or issue engulfs populations and changes the status qou. For example, during the time of The Triumvirate that Julius Caesar was a part of, the issue was about protecting the Roman Republic over the threat of 'Barbarian Attacks' coming from outside the Roman borders as well as enriching Roman coffers by conquering new territories. Caesar knew this; he also knew that the Celts & the Gauls were rich in metal, precious metal. Conquering the Gauls, the Barbarians & the Celts was the focus of Caesar and his predecessors - their presence were alternate & against what the Roman Republic stood for, they presented a threat to the existence of the Roman Empire just as the Spartans did during the early days of the Republic. Fast forward to the time of the Crusades, the social Dilemma faced by 'Christian Europe' during the Holy Roman Empire was dictated by the Pope who ordered his people the holy mission of retaking Jerusalem from the Muslims prompting a bloody age.

During WW2, the social dilemma faced by the free world was the threat of Nazism, as the Allies fought the Axis powers of Italy, Germany & Japan. The Cold War was a 'war of ideologies' - democracy vs. communism, The U.S. vs. The USSR. Through each of these struggles & social phenomenon of conflict, the way society behaved or saw the world was affected. Sociology is the science that studies the inner machinations of human behaviour, of social behaviour. When conflict arises in a violent & massive scale like that prompted by 9-11, a social rearrangement of priorities arises. The social institutions necessary to preserve the American way of life - government, economy, religion, education, and families must be protected. The nations go into protective mode for the sake of 'National Security'. The problem is, unlike in the battlefields of WW2, the enemies do not represent another state nor do they follow the Geneva Convention. Terrorism means to arise fear & terror in others to affect an imbalance in a working system, to coerce. Fighting it within America and globally had been and will be a long and drawn out process. It happened because of Radicalism, of political, religious & social differences, and the presence of factors that led to the creation & arming of Al Qaeda. Sadly, America cannot police the rest of the world even if it tried and must protect its own within its borders before it ought to look at fixing the global situation. It is in the process of fighting terrorism that long-term plans will be put in effect. For instance, the creation of the USA PATRIOT Act has ensured new laws to fight terrorism & such threats made their way into the Constitution & long-term, it will be used until the Act is repelled or made null by the Congress.

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Solution Summary

The solution, an essay of 2,224 words provides an in depth discussion of terrorism discussing the long terms sociological impact of terrorism & the war on terror to the Us & the rest of the world. Additionally it also discusses the loopholes in the American legal system that affect national security. Furthermore it discusses the types of terrorists, particularly the political & the religious terrorist identifying their similarities & differences. It also discusses the notion of American forgetfulness pertaining to the lessons of 9-11 amd whether or not it remains relevant to this day. The solution is written in APA format; the references provided can expand the discussion further. A word-version of the solution is attached for easy printing.

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