September 11: War Against Terrorism Is Necessary

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September 11: War Against Terrorism is Necessary

   On the fateful morning of September 11, 2001, few of us knew that the history of America, let alone our individual lives, was dramatically and permanently changing. As the day progressed, Americans, one by one, were dumbfounded at the events that had occurred.  This is by no means the first terrorist attack in the history of the world.  Nor will it be the last.  Many cultures over time have been greatly wounded and even overcome by these fiendish terrorist attacks.  Thankfully, the United States' history has not been heavily tarnished by these assaults - until now.

            Since the days of the attack, many national and world leaders have come together to declare war on terrorism.  A valiant effort has been made in order to defeat these evils.  An immediate counter-response has been called for, and necessarily so.  On September 20, 2001, in a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush spoke of a new war when he said, "Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida [the terrorist group founded in Afghanistan by Usama Bin Ladin in the late 1980s], but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated" (Bush Announces Start of a "War on Terror").  He expounded further, explaining that "...the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows" (Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People).  Our way of life would most assuredly be preserved, were it only possible to realize these noble ideals of eliminating terrorism. 

            In the war against terrorism, it is, unfortunately, nearly impossible to become victorious.  There are simply too many factors involved in terrorism's self-preservation.  Terrorism is obviously a worldwide phenomenon.  The callous deeds of terrorists are never novel occurrences.  However, the tragic incidents in New York and Washington D.C. have played a profound role for the many involved and affected.  It has been of particular significance to the semi-naive inhabitants of the United States.  These most violent acts may have seemed somewhat foreign and unbelievable to many American citizens because, in the past, similar acts have been of little consequence in their everyday lives.  Previous attacks have wreaked havoc in other, far-away countries, but never in their native land.  Now that it has been introduced on American soil, international terrorism is truly a world-wide problem.  Even if this most recent attack on the World Trade Centers is resolved completely and competently, the solutions and consequences will not have sufficient power to prevent all terrorism in the future.  For terrorism could now appear anywhere and everywhere.

            But, not all is lost.  Individual battles can be won.  One less terrorist is potentially one less attack on humanity.  Many leaders throughout...

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