Discuss the issue of "Global Terrorism." How has this affected all aspects of American society? What are some of the main goals that extremists/terrorists hope to attain through Global Terrorism, and why?
Global terrorism has dominated world headlines since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. Terrorism has a long history, though. The term itself has been in use for at least two hundred years. Weaker groups have traditionally used terrorism as a weapon against stronger groups to achieve a political objective. They also spread fear and disruption.
After the attacks of 9/11, air travel in the US was disrupted. There is much more security in the air travel industry now than before. However, traveling by air is inconvenient because of the security checks.
The 9/11 attacks also led to increased military spending by the United States. Proponents of high military spending used to point to the threat posed by Communist Russia. The attacks on 9/11 gave the military-industrial complex a justification—a fairly dubious one—for more spending on defense. Because of this excessive spending, there is not enough money to address America's other needs—such as repairing dilapidated infrastructure.
After 9/11, the American public rallied behind President George W. Bush. Patriotic fervor led to extremely high approval ratings for Bush. Seventy percent of the public also supported him when he used the threat of terrorism as a reason for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Terrorists kill and maim in an effort to achieve political goals. For instance, Afghan terrorists use bombing to undermine the government of that country and encourage American withdrawal. Similarly, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) used terrorist tactics in an effort to unite Ireland.
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