What is the point of The War on Terror? Well, it’s obviously supposed to end terrorism, right? This is more or less correct. From what I gather, The War on Terror aims to destroy terrorist organizations, protect our country’s citizens and others from these terrorists and aid other countries by strengthening their governments so said terrorists can not control an entire country.
In my opinion, The War on Terror was necessary, even before the September 11 attacks. During the Clinton Administration, the many bomb attempts and attacks should have pressed Clinton to declare war, but instead he tried a more subtle approach. This obviously did not work. When a terrorist plants a bomb in the parking deck below one of the most important buildings in the country, you don’t just let them off with a warning. When a terrorist tries to blow up one of the busiest airports in the country, you don’t just sit around waiting for what comes next. American Embassies had been bombed, we had been targeted and all we did was start Operation Infinite Reach, a program which hardly did anything, and often acted upon illegitimate evidence.
Finally, after so many were killed and shocked on September 11, George W. Bush declared War on Terrorism. Why was this necessary? Well, for one thing, it showed we were serious about what happens to our country and we have enough guts to do something about it. To me, that may have even been one of the most important reasons at the start; before this, we had barely done anything in retaliation and the terrorist attacks just kept coming. They were clearly not intimidated.
This war was necessary because although, as others have continuously stated in their blog entries, the target of the war is vague, but we have strong convictions as to why we are fighting this war. If the US was to just sit back and watch, not only would our oil be in jeopardy (which is apparently at top priority for many uninformed Americans) but our entire country and the Middle East would be as well. These terrorists’ organizations are powerful; they can do irreparable harm. Now, I think that it would be nice if we could bring this war to its conclusion, but now is apparently not the time.
I think the necessity of this war is proved by the fact that Obama, who campaigned that he was going to immediately pull out of Iraq and end the War, actually decided to send MORE troops and continue the fight. This says a lot because Obama had to exert courage and go against the views of many of his supporters to make this decision. This says a lot because it proves that there is a lot more going on in this war than we know about; otherwise someone with the strong conviction that we should pull out wouldn’t have made this decision. Granted it took him a while but he must have been briefed on some terrifying, stuff, right?