America Vs. Terrorism

By Sicilee D’Angelo

The concept of terrorism has been around for centuries. However, within the past decade or so, the issue of terrorism has been at the root of a plethora of conflicts in the world. There are many reasons as to why these terrorists claim they are committing the acts that they do. Some reasons include politics, religion, or sometimes they give no reason at all.

Maybe just out of hatred for our country. In order to better understand terrorism,  we must look into the history, the goals and motivations behind these horrendous acts, and become aware of what America is doing in an effort to protect itself and others from terrorists. Although terrorist acts have been committed in the United States since the foundation of the country; major acts of terrorism such as the Una-bomber, the Oklahoma City bombings, the Wall Street Bombing in 1920, and many other bombings throughout history, terrorism became a colossal issue in the United States in the early 2000’s. And what have we done to really fix it?

Starting with the infamous 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001 by one of the most famous terrorist organizations in the world: Al-Qaeda. Shortly after, came the mailing of Anthrax in envelopes through the U.S. Post Office by a doctor, the Boston marathon bombings, and many other incidences. Luckily, government agencies and local law enforcement have done their best to minimize the number of terrorist attacks on American soil. 

Terrorists will always be lurking somewhere in the world.

However, by being aware of the history of terrorism and learning from it, understanding the reasoning behind why these individuals decide to become involved in terrorist organizations, and how the United States government agencies and local law enforcement responds to terrorist threats and what exactly they do to prevent terrorist attacks, there will be a decrease in the amount of terrorist attacks on the U.S. and their allies. We as a country  need to provide safer tactics and ways to deal with these attacks.