Reece DonihiMs. WiesingerAdvanced Composition - Period 326 October 20171The Cyclical Process of Fighting Terrorism at Home and AbroadWar truly never changes. Though war is less common now than it once was (Pinker par. 2), there still continues a trend of extreme violent acts. It almost seems programmed into human biology to seek out violence and struggle with our fellow man. However, as we become an ever-increasingly connected and socialized world, there exists people who seek to spread their ideology and beliefs through violent acts. The United States’ “War on Terror” is a process which is incredibly cyclical and almost never-ending. Starts with background on the war against militant groups like al-qaeda; “Operation Cyclone was the codename for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and finance the Jihadi warriors, mujahideen, in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, prior to and during the military intervention by the USSR in support of its client, the Democratic Republic of
2Afghanistan. The program leaned heavily towards supporting militant Islamic groups that were favored by the regime of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq in neighboring Pakistan. The Soviets then left the area (leaving a power vacuum) ultimately leading to control from Bin Laden “The organisation grew out of the network of Arab volunteers who had gone to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight under the banner of Islam against Soviet Communism. During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighters received American and Saudi funding.” (BBC) This led to a cyclic process of the United States attempting to uproot the group. This is an incredibly difficult and complex subject that involves numerous beliefs, characteristics, and a variety of other factors. These terms are most important to understanding how the United States as well as the world define and categorize terrorist activities.