Dangers of the War on Terrorism
The President of the United State has used the phrases “War on Poverty”, “War on Drugs”, War on Illiteracy”, and the “War on Hunger,” when describing the problems Americans are facing. The term ‘war’ is used metaphorically to signify our willingness to devote vast resources, and immense amounts of time to a specified problem. No one seems to have a problem with these phrases as they do not signify our determination to die for the cause.
The Civil War, World War II, and even the Vietnam War or Conflict designates our determination to give the lives of soldiers and spill the blood of the enemy to maintain our freedom. These “real” wars are fought under different set of rules, governing everything from Presidential Powers to civil rights of our citizens. Everyone gets concerned and has an opinion when the term ‘war’ is used in this manner.
“War on Terrorism” would first seem to be used in the metaphorical sense to define our determination to stop terrorism, but out efforts and definitions have made this a “real” war. We have paid with the lives of many soldiers and continue to pay with blood daily. There does not appear to be an end. The use of the word war in the case of terrorism creates numerous dangers.
It is not my intention to end the “War on Terrorism”, or even end the use of the phrase. I believe everyone should be aware of the potential problems and concerns brought about by the War. The “War on Terrorism”, does not have a limit of enemies, a location, or a way to end. Many people are ready to sacrifice their personal freedoms in an act of patriotism to help us win the war. These concerns are the greatest potential for danger with this war.
In a speech to Congress shortly after the World Trade Center Attacks on 9/11, the President identified our enemy. It first appeared the enemy was Osama Bin Laden, or the Al Qaeda, but quickly grows to include the Taliban and Afghanistan, and seems to have unlimited numbers when the President states “Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated.” Even this definition expands when the President continues to include every nation in every region, is either with us or against us. “From this day forward, any nation that continue to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.” The president also defines our participation in the war by committing “every resource at out command—every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war—to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.” The Presidents speech drew several ovations and was enthusiastically received, but what does it really mean.
The portion of the War visible to U.S. citizens and the world has moved from the...