TERRORISM ESSAY

Topics: Terrorism, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda Pages: 3 (820 words) Published: November 30, 2014
Dakota LeClaire
Mrs. Thomas
AP English Lang.
11 November 2014
How Can We Best Reduce The Problem Of Terrorism?

“The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, and huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our Nation into chaos and retreat, but they have failed.” – George W Bush. Terrorism has struck this nation in some terrible ways, from the Bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the plane crashes to the Twin Towers in New York City, New York. The question is how can we best reduce the problem of terrorism?

There is really no way to completely stop terrorism, but there are ways we can reduce the threat or problem of it. Terrorism has struck the nation or other nations in many ways including planes, bombs, etc. The US treatment of Guantanamo prisoners, holding people indefinitely without charges or trials and brutally force-feeding the hunger strikers, is an affront to people throughout the Muslim world and of our American values. Of the 166 prisoners left in Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared for release, meaning the US government has determined they represent no threat to our nation. President Obama can use the waiver system, certifying to Congress that it is in the US national interest to release them. He just did this, for the first time, for two Algerian prisoners. He should do this for all 86 cleared prisoners, then bring the remaining prisoners to the US for trials. That could be a way to help reduce threats by giving them back people we have taken, but in return they give us back people they have taken of ours.

There are other options we can take into action. We can stop making enemies by not bombing any more terrorism. The head of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is calling on jihadists to retaliate for US drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. The Yemeni group Al Qaeda in the...
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