War on Terror major essay

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Running head: WAR ON TERROR War on Terror: An Argument in Support of the War on Terror Jonathan Hverven University of Alaska, Anchorage 1
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On September 11 th 2001, the United States (US) experienced the biggest, most spectacular terror attack the world had ever seen. Both the North and South towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) were smashed to the ground after two airliners crashed into them. People from half the world followed in despair as the situation was displayed on their TV- screens. The reactions were many, but there were two main questions people were asking themselves; “ Why did this happen?” and “How can we prevent this from happening again?” By finding the answer to the first question, it might be possible to find the answer to the second one. Similar to most terror attacks against in the Western world, the September 11th attacks were carried out by fundamentalist Muslims. Why? What is it exactly that these Islamic terrorist groups have against the Western world? Why do they hate the US? It is often stated that the reason for this hatred is because of US imperialistic foreign politics in the Middle East. Many believe that the US is hated because of their role in the internal lay out and structure of many Arabic countries. This role is often perceived as unwanted and meddlesome. I strongly doubt that this is the reason. During the Gulf War, the US did not do anything other than push the Iraqis out of Kuwait. They did not invade Iraq; rather they left Saddam Hussein alone to maintain power in the country. Moreover, the US has on many occasions been on the Muslims side during conflicts with other countries. Not only during the Gulf War (Kuwait is a Muslim country who received help from the US), but America supported Mujahedin in Afghanistan during the Cold War. Further, they saved the Muslim Kosovo-Albanese from being slaughtered in Yugoslavia. The US has also supported the Palestinians. Israel would never have participated 2
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in negotiations with Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) without pressure from the US (www.landsider.no/land/israel_dpo/fakta/politikk.htm). It is thanks to the American influence the Palestinians are on their way to gaining their own state; in dispute with Israel’s wishes. It must also not be forgotten that the September 11 th attacks on the WTC is not a single event, but instead one of many devastating terror attacks against American interests in recent decades. According to bekaempterror.dk, in 1979 the American Embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamic militants who held 52 hostages until January 21, 1981. A Pan American airliner over Lockerbie Scotland was bombed in 1988 followed by the bombing of the WTC in 1993. The bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya, Tanzania, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi by Al-Qaida in 1998 and the bombing of USS Cole in 2000 represent a serious of deadly and tragic attacks against the US. In the few instances when the US has responded to terror attacks, it has merely been
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