Terrorism by definition is the systematic use of violence, terror and intimidation to achieve an end. However, this definition has translated into a horrid way of life that has inflicted pain, death and mourning to individuals all over the world. Largely influential countries such as the United States have taken measures to prevent terrorism in the world throughout history. The United States government has been successful in fighting terrorism in the past, but now faces new and more serious threats.
[...] The CIA and other security divisions of the government have been more aware of events and have been taking measures such as phone-tapping in their efforts to prevent terrorism. (Frank, 13) Previous to September 11th, the largest deadly terrorist attack on America was in 1995, when American army vet Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. This attack proved that not all terrorists were foreigners. There were 168 fatalities from the bombing and therefore served as a stimulant for the U.S. [...]
[...] has been involved in fighting terrorism and war in the Middle East was during the Persian Gulf War. In 1991 the Persian Gulf War was fought in early 1991 between Iraq and a coalition of 39 countries organized mainly by the United States and the United Nations (UN). Saddam Hussein's ambition for power and leadership in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and in the Middle East was a central cause of the invasion of Kuwait. Besides Iraq, OPEC members also included Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. [...]
[...] The coalition used methods such as bombing Iraqi military and industrial targets and major ground attacks when Iraq refused to withdraw from Kuwait. Finally the coalition began an air war against Iraq and aimed to destroy Iraq's ability to launch attacks, eliminate Iraq's biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons facilities; gain superiority over Iraq's air force; disrupt Iraq's ability to gather information about coalition forces and to communicate with its own forces; and reduce the readiness of Iraqi troops in Kuwait and southern Iraq. [...]
[...] The group has not targeted US interests and continues to confine its attacks to Israelis inside Israel and the territories. HAMAS receives funding from Palestinian expatriates, Iran, and private benefactors in Saudi Arabia and other moderate Arab states. Some fundraising and propaganda activity take place in Western Europe and North America. (http://library.nps.navy.mil/home/tgp/hamas.htm ) The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is another one of the most widely known terrorist organizations in the world. Accordingly, the organization is led by perhaps the best known individual in the modern history of international terrorism, Yasser Arafat. [...]
[...] The Middle East is a home to three major religions- Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Since there religions make up a large portion of America's population, people are concerned about what goes on there. By helping fight conflicts between the different religions, America helps to prevent conflicts between different racial groups in the country that may result from foreign hostility. Another important factor that affects us is economics. The Middle Eastern organization OPEC is a major provider of gasoline for the United States If there was war the Middle East would shorten the production of oil and therefore the prices would go up immensely. [...]
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