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The War On Terror And It's Effects In Iraq.

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There have been hundreds of terrorist acts every year, and the same characteristic in each of the groups or organizations committing these acts, is poverty and usually occupation of their nation by foreign government forces. Since the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, it appears that no nation can find a concrete or productive way to deal with terrorism, a difficult problem that shows no signs of decreasing or ceasing to occur.The horrible train bombings in Madrid, Spain, March 11th of this year, and the dramatic change in government which followed suit, can be studied as an example of whether or not the "war on terrorism" is truly benefiting either side. "The explosions occurred during the morning rush hour, targeting a busy commuter rail line that runs just south of downtown Madrid. Four bombs (planted at the front, middle and rear of a single train) exploded at 7:39 at Atocha station, and three bombs planted on a single train went off simultaneously ...Most of the casualties occurred at Atocha/Téllez (89 confirmed dead) and El Pozo (70) with another 17 at Santa Eugenia. By 23 March, 191 people were confirmed dead (177 at the scene, 13 while under medical care), of whom 12 were yet to be identified; and more than 1,800 were wounded (about 100 remained hospitalised.) Initial reports of 202 deaths were later revised down due to the misidentification of body parts."(www.wikipedia.org) Things like this happen often in many countries around the world. The Spanish bombings are now being linked to Al-Qaeda.The way nations view the terrorism, by many government organizations, resembles the way a doctor views their patient, giving a wrong diagnosis, the wrong medicine and because of this treatment the doctor risks killing their patient. Many Western governments don't understand the causes behind terrorism, and are diagnosing the problem in a manner void of understanding and therefore relying on inefficient methods and reactions (medicine) to the difficulties involving terrorist organizations. This is subsequent to a two-and-a-half to three year "war on terrorism", which is predominantly viewed by the Middle East as a continuance of a long-running Western war against the Muslim people and the nations of Islam. Many in the Middle East also believe worse. They believe that a Judeo-Christian war against Islam is the cause for the "war on terrorism" as well. Because of this it is important that Western governments reconsider their understanding of the problems in the Middle East, and critically assess whether their solutions to the problems in the Middle East are helping either side of the problem.Americans tend to believe that the Sept. 11 attacks came suddenly and out of the blue, which is what it felt like form my point of view as an American teenager living in New York City at the time of the attacks. We thought the attacks were unexplainable, based on people wanting to hurt and kill others without cause or reason....

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