Can the war on terrorism ever be won?
I think it can.
That is the topic of today’s article; information surrounding the “war on terror” and whether that war will ever be won.
On the night of November 13th, 2015, terror attacks struck the city of Paris, killing 130 victims.
But what do Americans today, truly know and understand about “the war on terror?” Why do these attacks continue to occur? And who is committing these atrocities? Furthermore, what initiatives can be taken to quell future violence, or perhaps one day end the war?
Most Americans are aware that seemingly secular groups such as ISIL and Al-Queda, pose a threat to America’s way of life. That is what’s broadcast on American news, often pointing to religious, Middle Eastern extremists, in the wake of seemingly random violence.
Often the attackers are portrayed in the US as either egocentric or seeking to harm the western world for religious convictions. It is also portrayed that these terrorists sometimes act to oppose America’s economic construct (IE the World Trade Center attacks). That is how the war on terror was presented to me in America, over the past decade.
That being said….. I think if someone went around asking Americans to name 3 terrorists today….. I think most Americans, myself included, would struggle to do so…..
Name 3 terrorists?
1. Bin Laden.
3. I’m drawing a blank.
I think most Americans struggle to identify America’s enemies. This because of how vaguely information surrounding the war is portrayed in the mass media.
A vague interpretation to the war on terror, through American television networks, creates unfamiliarity with America’s enemies. This is likely done for a variety of reasons, however I believe the American populous is under-educated about the war on terror today.
Will history inevitably characterize the “war on terrorism,” as a series of heinous murders and violence? Will this war inevitably require the need for new memorials every 5 to 10 years? Furthermore, will these attacks be rationalized by vague mass media broadcasts forever?
This is the dystopian future that Civilians News hopes to avoid by discussing the war on terror today.
Ultimately, if civilians from opposing lands do not speak to one another, in terms of the issues causing the violence, instead of simply finger pointing through mass media broadcasts, will the war on terror ever end? In this way, the war on terror has become just as much about how terrorism itself, is portrayed within the mainstream media.
Terrorism is presented in the US as radical and religious extremism. This is portrayed as being done through a collection of people who most Americans view as simply “crazy and tyrannical.” But who is the face of these terrorist organizations? Who supports these enemies? And who is funding these enemies, for which the US has spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting since 2001? Furthermore, where can the western world and the people of the Middle East, find middle ground?
Until the world has had that conversation, perhaps a conversation which could take place in and around the mass media, then it feels like the war on terror may never end. This has created a situation today, where the world seems to just casually sit and wait for the next tragedy to occur.
Until American and Middle Eastern people have that conversation at the grass roots level, than it feels like vague mass media rhetoric will actually delay peace, while civilian populations blindly follow along.
That is the focal point of today’s article.
“Can the war on terror ever be won?” I believe it can. Nevertheless, the way I see the war on terror ending, isn’t through guns and violence, third world conflicts or random attacks at home….. I believe the war on terror will actually end through the very portrayal of terror and terrorism itself. This requires a shift in the mass media, towards a humanistic approach to the news itself.
Why is the world waiting for the next tragedy, as opposed to simply placing accountability and focusing on ending the war itself? Conversely, it often feels like prolonging this vague interpretation of terrorism, will in essence lead more Middle Eastern nations to become indoctrinated with hate towards the western world.
Until the mass media takes the initiative to educate their populations in regards to ideological differences, than nothing will change. I believe the people of all nations and even the attackers, attackers that we’ve come to know simply as “terrorists,” must be presented in a humanistic fashion, throughout the mass media. I believe in order to begin rationalizing a peaceful resolution to “the war on terror,” this difficult step must take place.
The war on terror itself, is in many ways mental; a war of information and media, that in many ways can’t be ended until civilians from both sides of the world come together and say; “this is why violence is occurring, these are the differences we have with your society, our society etc, and this is why murder has all too often become the outcome of those differences.”
Perhaps our government doesn’t want these conversations to take place. Perhaps this is because the government already sees terror as an unstoppable force, resulting from economic burden…… Nevertheless, these are the conversations that people need to be having.
This makes ending the war on terrorism a two fold issue….. Meaning, in order to end this war, 2 things have to happen during my generation;
First, nations involved must follow the fashion of democracy besetting tyranny and maintaining governments true to the people….
2nd, all nations involved must interact and communicate their differences, with the goal of ending these random acts of violence…
All too often today, Americans are simply sitting and waiting for the next tragedy to occur. We cannot allow this war on terror to become a never ending chain of violence. This never ending chain of violence and memorial, simply known as “the war on terrorism,” is unacceptable. That outcome, which we are currently experiencing, is unacceptable.
And maybe, just maybe, if the term “terrorism” itself was examined by the masses, perhaps resolutions could be found. If foreign populations communicated these ideas, while simultaneously terrorists were instead viewed as “people,” and not just labeled terrorists by the mainstream media, then maybe the world could end this violence…..
Then who knows, maybe……… just maybe, one day the war on terror, could come to an end.