Terrorismin the 21st Century
The“war on terrorism” is a military campaign that is led by both theUnited States and the United Kingdom in collaboration with NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)countries. Due to the major achievements that this campaign hasrecorded, other non-NATO countries have also joined in. Initially,the campaign was waged by the former US President George W. Bush withthe aim of eliminating al-Qaeda and other militant organizations buthas now grown into a fully-fledged anti-terror campaign (Jenkins,2010).
Regimeshave changed since the campaign began, and we now have a newadministration led by President Barrack Obama. Although hisgovernment uses a different term (Contingency Operation) to refer tothe "war on terrorism”, the idea behind the campaign is stillthe same. According to Jenkins(2010),the United States has not withdrawn its military in Afghanistan whichwas al Qaeda’s safe haven but instead sent in more forces from NATOcountries to further eliminate this militia.
TheUnited States should be engaged in this war, and going with thecurrent trends, they are not about to give up. The efforts put in byboth the military and intelligence has seen the elimination of theTaliban regime, and the capture of Osama bin Laden the man behind theSeptember 11th and the August 7th attacks inNairobi and Dar es Salaam. More successes of terrorism eliminationhave also been witnessed in other areas of the world.
Mostcountries view the United States as a ‘Godfather’ and so if itdoes not lead by example other countries will lose faith in it.Countries that are able and those that have the expertise to combatterrorism should, therefore, join in this campaign. The war on terroris a long and strenuous one that will not end anytime soon.Nevertheless, efforts have to be put in place to ensure that it isset at bearable levels.
Jenkins,B. M. (2010). Terrorism and beyond: a 21st century perspective.Studiesin Conflict and Terrorism,24(5),321-327.
Globalizationand the Commons:
Globalwarming is one of the most serious threats to the “commons” yetthe most ignored. It is characterized by the rise in the earth’stemperatures beyond the average and the effects it has on theeco-system (Dai, 2011). There have been numerous debates on thisthreat both in the media and political circles unfortunately therehas been no immediate solution on the issue.
Theeffects that global warming has on agriculture and the humanpopulation are the main cause of concern. Agriculture is highlydependent on the weather. It is common knowledge that farmers plant aparticular crop during a certain period of the year because theconditions are right for the crop to grow. However, due to globalwarming crops have to adjust to these new conditions and thereforethey grow immaturely or do not grow at al. The end result will bethat the both the human and animal population will not have enoughfood to consume, and will eventually starve to death.
Globalwarming is a highly publicized issue. Schools have even included itas part of the curriculum world over. It is, therefore, conclusivethat citizens in the developed world are aware of the threats thatglobal warming poses. Despite the knowledge that they bear, they havecontinued to use the same traditional methods that emit more Carbondioxide (CO2)into the atmosphere. For example, the United States still relies oncoal, which is high in carbon for the production of its electricity.According to Weber& Stern (2011), 40%of U.S. CO2emissions come from electricity production.
Developedcountries such as the United States are the highest contributors toglobal warming (Dai, 2011). Massive industries in the manufacturingand industrial sector are being erected almost every year. The UnitedStates and other developed countries should protect the lessdeveloped countries by educating them on the effects of globalwarming. Although global warming cannot be completely eliminated theUS should encourage these countries to plant more trees, conservewater and minimize on the use of fossil fuels to run theirindustries.
Dai,A. (2011). Drought under global warming: a review. WileyInterdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change,2(1),45-65.
Weber,E. U., & Stern, P. C. (2011). Public understanding of climatechange in the United States. AmericanPsychologist,66(4),315.