Perespectives of Terrorism

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Acts of terrorism have far reaching affects, well beyond the human costs of the singular acts themselves. The 'War on Terrorism' as it is commonly referred to, is a phrase coined by United States government officials and is primarily used to justify the military initiative de jour.


The U.S. has lost respect worldwide because of the ill-conceived and illegal invasion of Iraq. The PATRIOT Act, enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks and as a tool against terrorism, breaches five of the first ten amendments to the Constitution (The Bill of Rights). Terrorism was the main reason that Bush won the 2004 election and for widespread civil rights violations of Arab Americans and suspected terrorist detainees. This discussion will examine terrorism from these perspectives.
Immediately following and as a reactionary response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., President George W. Bush stated the county's intent to initiate a 'War on Terrorism' which he characterised as a prolonged battle against those that would employ terrorist actions along with the nations that enabled them. In addition, the U.S. Congress gave formal authorization to the President on September 18, 2001 to "use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons" (U.S. Code 2002). ...
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