Political Science 100 Essay St. Francis Xavier University Mitch Wilson 2/25/2010 2 We have all seen our fair share of terror in our lives, threw the media and reading about it in the newspapers. One day we will see a city being bombed to the ground, and the next day it will be about a suicide bomber who took the lives of innocent people. So what will be in the papers tomorrow? What is next on this terror ride the world is on? Many people, especially Americans are having a hard time realizing the truth behind these terrorist events. There first mistake is however, believing America is not to blame and that they have only done good things such as producing “the war on terror.” The American public is constantly being surrounded by fear which is the government’s best way of controlling people. It influences the mass culture to accept these actions as having some legitimacy behind it. So how is it that America has been able to invade and terrorise so many countries without being held accountable? Take the war on South Vietnam (which was an invasion by America), there was no other countries involved other then the Americans, not even the North Vietnams. This was an open war that was seen as normal and no one tilted their heads and asked themselves if maybe setting up concentration camps and using chemical warfare against another country such as this one was not ok? It seems as if there is a rule that it’s normal for America to attack other countries but the moment someone attacks them it is seen as an atrocity. A perfect example of how America used an act of terror against them to unleash their power onto other countries is the events of 9/11. It was a terrible event that shook the nation, but it was a chance for the Bush Administration to take America into a war path once again. It was known as “the axis of evil,” which was how they described the Middle East to the public. 3 They were convinced that there was some monster that was coming to attack America if they don’t take action against the Middle East. This marked the beginning of the long road known as the war on terror. Here you have a country that is fighting terror with terror in hopes that it will accomplish a common goal. They established a stereotype for Muslim citizens that they were to be looked at as potential terrorists. There was a huge amount of support with regards to the bombing of Afghanistan, which is expected due to the fact that another country attacked them. What would happen if a country that has been attacked by America took this same approach? Take South Vietnam again, if they were planning on bombing Washington it would seem like an outrageous idea because it is against the Americans. What is the difference here and how come America has a VIP pass to bomb other countries without question? The war in the Middle East was not only a good opportunity for the Americans to enforce their power but it gave other countries the same opportunity to participate in these events. “Every government has wanted to join America in the Middle East for their own reasons, including a government that is paid for by the Americans, Turkey; they were in Kabul under the financing of America.” (Chomsky, 2003)There is a trend here with America’s dominant discourse as they were supporting brutal and corrupt regimes; another example is how they supported the Israeli military occupation which was blocking democracies. An interesting act of terror by the Americans is when they bombed and invaded Iraq due to the fact that they were producing weapons of mass destruction (which was later found to be false). They 4 felt that it was their job to take out Sudan Husain because he has done things such as use poison gas against his own people. Little do the American public know that both these accounts of producing weapons of mass destruction and using poison gas were supported by George Bush Senior. There are many ways to look at the war on terror but the bottom line is that America, being the country that is participating in terror is trying to tell the rest of the world how to act in a civilized matter. There has been a belief that America is after the muslin population with their history of attacking countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. Afghanistan for instance has been being bombed by the Americans sense the 1920’s. So how can the Americans set the record straight? Well why not start accusing North Korea of producing nuclear weapons and there for add them to the list of “monsters” that are going to attack America. They are a perfect target who is not muslin and none would argue against America for doing so. The fact is that if these countries do not do what America tells them to do then they are going to have to deal with the consequences which can be by times, fatal. We are at the point now where we can look back and asses America’s decisions. In these tough economic times it is hard to believe that America would spend over twelve trillion dollars on this war on terror to only add to their debt problems. It is important to analyse these decisions and look at the outcomes it can have on our country. In this case for America it meant going into a massive amount of debt and losing the lives of American soldier’s throughout the Middle East. 5 My judgments on this topic have a foundation that views America as a nation that is addicted to war. Another way to understand America’s history of invasions and war related activities is that it is a part of their culture. Also I find myself thinking of how their own organizations have contributed to America being a target. An example is how their CIA personnel actually trained and created one of their current enemies, this group was called Al- Qaida. I find America can use their destruction in the Middle East as an example of what will happen if another country actually stands up and challenges America’s decisions. That being said I can’t understand how they expect to install their own principles and values in a Muslim country that they have invaded such as Afghanistan and it actually prevailing. An article by Michael D. Huckabee describes America as “The United States, as the world's only superpower, is less vulnerable to military defeat. But it is more vulnerable to the animosity of other countries. “ (Huckabee, 2008). America has said to have been the new evil empire sense 1945, and now after the invasion of Iraq it is official. I have come to a conclusion that it is impossible to have a war on terror when the main source of terror is the most powerful country in the world. Until we join forces and challenge future American decisions to invade other countries we will not stop seeing these events of terror happening and there for the war on terror will continue to live another day. 6 Bibliography Chomsky, N. (2003). Power and Terror. Little More. Home: Features: Essays:America's Priorities in the War on Terror. (2008). Retrieved from Foreign Affairs: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/63059/michael-d- huckabee/americas-priorities-in-the-war-on-terror Huckabee, M. D. (2008). America's Priorities in the War on Terror.
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