America Must Destroy the Terrorist Networks
When one hears the word “terrorism,” a thought of a bombing, an explosion, a gunshot, or a hi-jacking comes to mind. How do individuals and organizations justify these acts of terror? These acts can be described as terrorist actions. Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to achieve certain political, economical, or social aims.
When I heard about terrorists hijacking airplanes full of civilians and flying them into the World Trade Centers in New York, the Pentagon, and a rural field in Pennsylvania, I didn’t know what to think of all this. It came with no warning, no declaration of war, no goals or sense to these attacks. No one had the courage to claim responsibility for the attacks. But I knew the US would respond with great perseverance and endeavor to remove the scourge of such terror from the world.
I was overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow for the fallen and for their families. The terrorists took from their victims all that they have ever been and all that they ever will be. They left thousands of husbands and wives bereft of their spouse. They took away a parent or parents from thousands of children. They ended the hopes of families to have subsequent generations. They killed off family names, dreams, and futures. They have left parents and grandparents grieving to see their children and grandchildren die before them. They destroyed the lives and families of hundreds of Samaritans who rushed into the burning building trying to save others. They will never have a chance to say goodbye and many will never recover from this devastation.
What is being waged against the US is not a war of economic conquest in the form of territory or wealth of their neighbors. It does not have the goals nor does it follow the same rules of a war. It calls for a different response. The US has no interest in governing Afghanistan nor does the Taliban or Osama bin Laden have any interest in leading the US...