Americans know “racial profiling is both morally wrong and ineffective”, but they rather be safe than sorry (Chavez 563). Americans only get the idea that all middle easterners are terrorists because media has taken the role of portraying them in such a way to plants terror in Americans (Spurlock). People have gotten to the point of people being “singled out” because of looking certain way or because people around them feel uncomfortable (Chavez 569).
As with genocide, terrorism does not create any moral dilemma to the society that implements it, yet the one that it is being used against is of the opinion that it is one of the worst things that can be used. The United States condemns all of the Muslim extremist organizations for their use of terrorism, yet the United States used the same tactics during the Revolutionary war. The exploits of the fictitious character Robin Hood used what would be seen as terrorist acts against a portion of the society in which he lived in, yet it is glorified in movies and books. Pirates also used and continue to use terrorism today. In the United States and England, English pirates that terrorized other nations are glorified, while all other pirates are
The question to examine here is are they really terrorists? Or are they simply the most powerful partisanship in the world today? “...The West presents a threat to Islam; ... loyalty to religion and loyalty to democratic institutions and values are incompatible; and that violence is the only proper response” (mi5.gov.uk). This is the belief system that is instilled in members of Al Qaeda which has stemmed from the global message by such ﬁgures as Osama Bin Laden. Amongst the teachings of Osama Bin Laden, former Al Qaeda leader, towards his followers is that the removal of Western inﬂuence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Palestinian Territories is crucial for the survival of Islamic faith, and that the destruction of these “inﬁdels” is the only means of maintaining the strength and existence of Islam.
Nowadays when one sees a Muslim or someone who looks like a Muslim, that person is automatically deemed as either being dangerous or a terrorist. This fact comes to tell how far the world has come to. The 9/11 attacks changed the people’s perspective upon Muslims and now the stereotype is that all Muslims are bad and that they are all terrorists looking to kill innocent Americans. The next reason as to why the attacks were a success was due to the support that al-Qaeda got from different organizations and countries. They got financial support from countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria.
“The Case for Torture”, by Michael Levin and “Torture’s Terrible Toll”, by John McCain are two pieces of writing that argue the pros and cons of using torture as a means to receive information from terrorists. Although the use of torture to secure information is viewed differently by each author, the moral and human rights of every individual is agreed upon by both Levin and McCain. While Levin views torture as necessary in extreme life threatening circumstances, McCain views it as unconstitutional and believes that it is inhumane and goes against individual human rights. In the world today, where terrorist threats seem to be a normal occurrence, there is no doubt that the country must be ready and willing to do whatever is necessary to keep
This may be too soon to use but I believe that the events that has transpired since the Boston Marathon Bombing is a great current ethical dilemma. With events like this individual emotions take over and it can be hard to do the ethical things when your personal feelings of hurt, hate and the unknown are present. The nature of a dilemma in the case of the Boston Marathon Bombing is do we kill the suspects out of anger and because we can, or do we capture, arrest and let the arms of the justice system take over and predict the outcome. It would have been just as easy to shot and kill both suspects in this horrible event. And after learning that a law enforcement officer was gunned down is enough for an officer’s personal emotional feelings to take over and
Al-Qaeda would eventually use tactics used by the IRA decades before. Both organizations have political and religious motives and use bombings and killings to spread fear of their group, including purposely targeting civilians within their own borders, as well as different sects of the same base religion. Where Al-Qaeda has orchestrated attacks all over the globe, the IRA has kept its target as the British and non-supporting Irish parties. Both of these groups have been in decline in recent years, Al-Qaeda due to immense pressure from global anti-terrorism, the IRA from a shift in using terrorism as a tool and lack of
He had blamed Iraq to be holding terrorists, he had made America believe that Iraq had been under Saddam Hussein’s clutches and that whatever he had to say was law. President Bush had stated in his speech that, “Saddam Hussein is harboring terrorists and the instruments of terror, the instruments of terror of mass death and destruction, and he cannot be trusted. The risk is simply too great that he will use them or provide them to a terror network”. He had made Americans believe that Hussein was creating weapons and developing a nuclear weapon so that he could “blackmail” the world. President Bush had not trusted Saddam Hussein and he didn’t want rest of America to either.
People would have seen the explosion as the loss of a building, and not as the graphic act of terror that it is. Simply bombing the building at night would not have gotten as much recognition at all. The death toll is what brings the powerful and urgent meaning to what the Patriots stood for and there was no other way to convey it. This impact was supposed to alter the reality of the public and motivate them to take up arms and join the cause that the insurgents were preaching. McVeigh and his terrorist organization wanted to retaliate against the federal government for the massacre at Waco and they felt as if the deaths of hundreds of innocent people were a realistic way to do that.
GLOBAL INJUSTICE: TERRORISM Terrorism is the use of violence and or intimidation by a person or a group of people to achieve a political goal. That is one of the many unofficial definitions of terrorism some other definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. Studies have found that there are over one hundred different definitions of terrorism but people today use the term terrorist to describe islamism or jihadism and ignoring the non-islamic organizations or individuals. Terrorism has been used by many political organizations, nationalistic groups, religious groups, revolutionaries, and ruling governments. one consistent characteristic is the use of violence on non-combatants to gain publicity for a group,cause, or individual.