Can the war on terrorism ever be won? I think it can.
That’s the topic of today’s article, the information surrounding the “war on terror” and whether this war will ever be won.
On the night of November 13th, 2015, a series of organized terror attacks struck the city of Paris, killing 130 victims.
But what do Americans today truly know and understand about “the war on terror?” Furthermore, why do these attacks continue to occur? Who is committing these atrocities and what initiatives can be taken to quell future violence, or perhaps one day end the war?
Americans today are aware that seemingly secular groups, such as ISIL and Al-Queda, pose a threat to the American way of life. That’s what TV reports here in the states say, often pointing to religious, Middle Eastern extremists, in the wake of extreme violence.
Often the attackers are portrayed in the US as being; egocentric and either seeking to harm the western world for religious convictions, or simply to oppose America’s economic constructs (IE the World Trade Center attacks). That is how the war on terror has been presented to me, as an American civilian 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.
2. There was that movie where they mentioned that one guy….
3. I’m drawing a blank.
I think most Americans today, struggle to identify America’s enemies because of how vaguely the information surrounding the war is portrayed in the American mass media.
A vague interpretation of the war itself, on American television networks, creates unfamiliarity with the enemies among the American people and 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 with the need for new memorials every 5 to 10 years? Will these attacks be rationalized by vague mass media broadcasts forever?
This is the dystopian future, 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 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 in the mainstream media.
Terrorism is presented in the US, as radical, religious extremism, looking to purport random violence, by a collection of people who most Americans view as simply “crazy and tyrannical.” But who is the face of these terror networks? Who supports these enemies that the US has spent hundreds of billions of dollars fighting since 2001? And where can the western world and the Middle Eastern people, find middle ground to quell future acts of violence? Until the world has had that conversation in the mass media, it feels like the war on terror may never end, whereby the world will just casually sit and wait for the next tragedy.
Until the people of the Middle East and western world, actually discuss the need to quell these issues locally, and truly begin interacting with one another to create peace on a global scale, it often appears vague mass media rhetoric will just continue to delay peace, with civilian populations blindly following along.
That’s the focal point of today’s article, “can the war on terror ever be won,” and I believe it can, but the way I see the “war on terror” ending, isn’t through guns and violence, third world conflicts or attacks at home….. I feel the war on terror will instead be ended by the very portrayal of terror and terrorism itself. This requires a shift in the mass media towards a more humanistic approach to both sides, particularly concerning the issues which have led to acts of violence over the years.
When the American and European mass media outlets, are indoctrinated with fright towards the Middle Eastern extremists, it creates an atmosphere where it seems most people are simply waiting for the next attack. Why is the world waiting for the next tragedy, as opposed to simply placing accountability and focusing on ending the war itself? Conversely, it also feels like prolonging this vague interpretation of terrorism will lead many war torn Middle Eastern nations to become equally indoctrinated with hate towards the western world.
Until the mass media takes the initiative to educate their populations about the ideological differences resulting in these seemingly random acts of violence, I believe nothing will change. I believe the people of all nations and even the attackers, that we’ve come to know simply as “terrorists,” must be presented in a more humanistic approach 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 take the time to 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 too often become the outcome of those differences.”
Perhaps our government doesn’t want these conversations because they already see terror as an unstoppable force, resulting from economic burden…… Nevertheless, these are the conversations people need to be having.
This makes ending the war on terrorism, a two fold issue….. and 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….
And 2nd, all nations involved in “the war on terror,” must interact and communicate about the need to end these random acts of violence… All too often, Americans are simply sitting and waiting for the next tragedy to occur. We cannot allow the war on terror to become a never ending chain of violence and memorial, simply known as “the war on terrorism.” 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 about the issues facing the far reaching corners of the world, and perhaps if these terrorists were instead viewed as “people,” and not just labeled terrorists by the mainstream media, then the world might end this war…..
Then who knows, maybe……… just maybe, one day the war on terror, could come to an end.