Thursday, May 30, 2019
Power, Morality, and Terror Essay -- Terrorism Terrorist September 11
Power, Morality, and TerrorIn the wake of events stemming from the bombing of the World Trade Center, citizens of the United States have behind been coming to grips with many changes- new threats, new fears, and a new vision of the world and our place within it. As we re-adjust the lens through which we see our geopolitical landscape and begin to formulate a national security policy which can effectively respond to the terrorist threat, we must acquire a firm taking into custody of what motivates terrorist operatives. It will not suffice to merely throw out simplistic explanations of terrorist motives such as, theyre evil. . .they hate us. . .theyre irrational. . .they hate freedom. Rather, we must take a systematic look at what motivates terrorism on the theoretical level. In some ways, terrorism is just a new variation on an hoar theme. For as long as men have lived in societies, there have been the haves and the have-nots, the dominant classes and the oppressed groups, the weak and the strong. Whereas the tactics of terrorists may be more(prenominal) technologically advanced and, arguably, more cruel than those used by insurgents of the past, their primary goal of altering either the regional or global polarity is as old as mankind itself. For their part, those dominant nations against whom the repressed campaign tend to engage in a brand of rhetoric which portrays the opposition as virtuously depraved. While this may or may not be the case, two important questions follow which are asked all too rarely. The first question is how legitimate are the claims of the repressed that the dominant state itself is morally culpable? In the current case, the United States is responsible for committing a number of evils against Muslims. This is esp... ...orism is the last resort of a desperate people. Perhaps its best cure is to confront and rectify the grievances of those who suffer so greatly at our hands (often because of our narrow oil-interests in the Persian Gulf). regular(a) a minimal increase in the standard of living in such countries, even a small acknowledgment of our role in maintaining and infuriating this suffering- would instill in potential insurgents the one thing that stops terrorism dead in its tracks- hope. SourcesBetts, Richard K. ed. Conflict After the Cold contend Arguments on Causes of War and Peace. Carr, Edward Hallett. Realism and Idealism. Second Edition. Longman Press New York. 2002. Coates, AJ. The Ethics of War. Manchester University Press. New York 1997.Liang, Qiao and Wang Xiangsui. Unrestricted Warfare. Beijing PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House. 1999.