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War On Terror Essay

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Brandon ThomasDr. Shadi NeimnehEnglish 1213-9966 May 2011The "War on Terror":Who are we fighting?September 11th, 2001, America was attacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists that hijacked four different American airliners, crashing three into their intended targets. The attacks were a build up of hatred toward western civilization and the way we run our day to day lives, however, after the attacks it was announced that the United States under president George W. Bush would be launching an attack of its own on the countries of Afghanistan and Iraq. While Al-Qaeda, a militant Islamist group based in Afghanistan, was said to be behind the attacks, the citizens of the countries we ended up going to war with had nothing to do with the attacks. Many citizens have died in this "war on terror". The war on their soil, in their major cities, and in many cases their homes is unlawful and should be stopped immediately. Many Americans do not know the effect this war has had on Americans. The war has taken many soldiers lives, Iraqi and American, as well as the lives of Iraqi citizens. It has also cost the United States economy a fair amount of money. The United States invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the "war on terror" are ethically wrong because they used tactics of torture that are immoral, increased the hatred felt around the world toward the United States, and violated international law concerning extreme aggression.Torture can be defined as "the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure" (Torture). The United States has been using tactics of torture on terrorists for years without the general public knowing exactly how immoral the techniques used are. Here's a little description of what some detainees at the Guantanamo Bay facility had to go thorough, "Captives at Guantánamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed" (Tran). This is only one type of torture tactic used at the facility. Many other tactics including water boarding that were used are considered to be immoral and have since been discontinued use. The American civil liberties union filed a lawsuit over the tactics which has been in progress for a few years. Recently, President Obama resumed the trials against terrorists locked up in the Guantanamo Bay facility. "President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp" (Shane, Scott). This means that criminals will be given a chance in court for the crimes they have committed. They should have never been subjected to torture of such extreme cruelty in the first place. If we are fighting terror but at the same time yielding terror...

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