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Can The War On Terror Ever Be Won?

November 27th 2015

Can the war on, "terrorism," ever be won?

And I think that it can.

Image via Google search; “terrorism.”

But that’s the topic of today’s article; the information surrounding, “the war on terror,” and whether that war… will ever be won.

But let’s examine the issue… because during the night of, November 13th, 2015, terror attacks struck the city of Paris, killing 130 victims. And what do Americans today, truly know 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 end the war entirely?

Because most Americans are aware that according to mainstream media outlets, seemingly secular groups such as both ISIL and Al-Queda, pose a threat to America’s way of life. Because that’s how it’s broadcasted to us on our American news networks, anyway. Yet, US news networks often point to religious, Middle Eastern extremists, in the wake of any and all, seemingly random acts of violence, now-a-days.

Whereby, often times these attackers are portrayed in the US as egocentric, megalomaniacs driven by neo-conservative religious beliefs or seeking to harm the western world, often times over religious convictions. And it’s also portrayed that these terrorists themselves, sometimes act to oppose America’s economic constructs (IE the World Trade Center attacks). Nevertheless, as an American civilian, I feel like that’s how, “the war on terror,” is presented to me by the American mainstream media.

But with that being said… do I think that if someone went around asking Americans today to name 3 terrorists… that many of us could do it? And I would guess that most Americans, myself included, would struggle to do so.

Name 3 terrorists?

1. Bin Laden.

2. Uhm….


3. I’m drawing a blank.

And this vague interpretation of the war on terror, through American television networks, creates unfamiliarity with America’s enemies. And this is also likely done for a variety of reasons, however, I believe, that the American populous is under-educated on this war today.

So will history inevitably characterize, “the war on terror,” as a series of heinous murders and violence? Or will this war inevitably require the need for new memorials every 5 to 10 years? Or, will these attacks forever become rationalized by history as vague mass media broadcasts about religious extremists with little education and no real purpose in causing this hysteria?

And this is the single worst dystopian future, that Civilians News hopes to avoid, by discussing this war today.

But ultimately, if civilians from opposing lands don’t speak to one another, in terms of the issues causing this carnage, as opposed to simply finger pointing through the mass media, then, will the war on terror ever end? And in this way, the war on terror itself has seemingly become just as much about how terrorism is portrayed in the global media circus, just as much as the seemingly random acts of violence and the attackers themselves, in my opinion. But where can the Western World and the people of the Middle East find common ground?

Because until the world has had that conversation, in and around the mass media, then it feels like this war on terror, may never end. Furthermore, this has seemingly created a situation where the world often appears to simply sit back and wait for the next tragedy to occur.

So until American and Middle Eastern people have that conversation, at the grass roots level, then it feels like vague mass media rhetoric will actually delay peace, while civilian populations blindly follow along.

Image via USA Today Gallup Poll. (Google search.)

And that’s the focal point of today’s article.

“Can the war on terrorism ever be won?” And I believe that it can. And then perhaps… one day… the war on terror will come to an end.

-William Larsen