Combating Terrorism in the 21st Century Essay

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The coordinated attack September 11th 2001 on the United States resulted in a prolonged war on terror; that is still active today. Many people are asking how this could happen. Others want to know how to prevent it from happing again. Some wonder if world peace will ever be possible. The United States does not think peace can be possible until the threat of terrorism becomes obsolete. There is no clear answer to the questions and concerns over terrorism although there are several schools of thought on how to respond to terrorism. This paper will discuss; realism, liberalism, and structuralism in an attempt to find a solution. I will offer Foreign Policy recommendations based on these theories; an examination regarding the application …show more content…
Therefore increasing military presence is a form of deterrence to those who wish to harm the state. Sanctions are useful in cutting of supplies to terrorist groups or nations that harbor terrorist groups. These could include economic sanctions for example freezing bank account of groups known to support terrorist or perhaps trade sanctions against nations. This will cut off funding by those who wish to do America harm. If sanctions fail to work, a pre-emptive strike is necessary and justifiable because national security comes first when applying the realist theory. It is much “safer to be feared than to be loved” according to Machiavelli (Machiavelli). There are disadvantages to these policies that include upsetting the balance of power leading other nations “to take actions that would complicate American calculations and constrain our freedom” (JR). Other nations may also jump to the defense of those attacked to balance the expansion of power by the United States (JR). The 9/11 attack came from within our own nation from people here on visas. Therefore combing over immigration records is an offensive tactic. Removing individuals that remain here on expired visa will increase security. People that remain on expired visas may remove themselves rather than risk detainment, interrogation, and deportation. Stricter monitoring of immigrants within our borders could appear hostile towards immigrants. This policy therefore, may discourage

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