The national security dilemma of the last twenty years has been dominated by the war on terrorism. This "war" began after the September 11 attacks on the United States. The war on terrorism is the driving principle of U.S. foreign policy, just as the Cold War was after World War II. The war on terrorism has had military, diplomatic, and legal dimensions.
Declaring war on terrorism is problematic. Terrorism is a tactic used by groups sometimes thought of as "freedom fighters" in some parts of the world. Terrorism dates back to ancient Greece, and it has been employed by numerous groups throughout history.
Today, terrorists are viewed as Muslim extremists by the U.S. and many other nations. But the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were launched as part of the war on terrorism. Both were long, bloody, and extremely...
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