There is world wide consensus on political front that democracy is not only the best but also the only legitimate method of organizing modern politics. But the problem and menace of terrorism is all against the democratic way of political systems. Terrorism has transcended international boundaries, and thus, has acquired a global form. This problem, these days, affects almost all countries in all regions. Hence, the threat of terrorism is no longer limited to a particular country or region.
On September 11, 2001 two planes smashed into the twin towers of World Trade Center. The initial estimates of death toll were more than 6000 lives, but according to New York Times, these estimates were reduced to 3000. President George W. Bush compared the attack to one on freedom itself and vowed that the nation’s freedom will be defended. The declaration of a ‘war on terrorism’ by the US in response to 9/11 attacks have provided increased attention to the problem of terrorism worldwide and it has since then become a matter of grave global concern.
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The global war on terror is responsible for the current problems in the US economy.
This war began after the fateful September eleventh bombings. These bombings were the major reason that President Bush gave for invading Iraq. However, he somehow managed to change these objectives into others thus bringing about a longer occupation of Iraq. Some experts have suggested that the US’s economic problems have been a direct casualty of this global war on terror owing to opportunity costs that the US government forewent in order to pursue the global war on terror. The essay seeks to explore the validity of these statements and whether the US economic crisis has been linked to these problems. (Belasco, 2007)
Macro economic opportunity costs.
Opportunity costs of the global war on terror are crucial because they give an insight into other alternatives that the government would have sought if they had not invested in the war. They are also a means of measuring the effect of the measured direct costs of the war. The global war on terror has had serious implications on expenditure patterns in the country owing to the fact that some local expenditures had to be foregone. This has eventually reduced the public’s perception of their well being.
Additionally, the global war on terror has caused the US government to reduce the amount of expenditure that they dedicate to economic investments. For instance, the US government has had to reduce the amount they spent on construction of residential buildings. They have also reduced the expenditure on health and education within the country. Investments in fixed businesses and also in infrastructural facilities have been much lower than they were before the global war on terror. It is particularly alarming that the global war on terror has caused a reduced investment in health because this is a crucial sector of the US economy. If people within the country cannot access quality health facilities or services, then they are likely to have lower living standards. This impacts on the GDP very negatively.
The War on Terror, a term that changed the course of history forever,
it was first coined by the former US president George W. Bush on the 11th of September 2001. The first major terrorist attack on the USA was made and that is why President Bush had introduced this term, the casualties were great, about 3,000 innocent American citizens were murdered in cold blood after the suicidal plane crashing on the World Trade Centre towers (Twin Towers) in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Under these terrible circumstances the president and his administration had to take immediate action and in his first speech after the attacks the president started off by saying “Today our way of life and freedom came under attack.”
This marked the beginning of drastic changes in the American grand strategy, now President Bush declared that the USA will fight terrorism and that the whole world had to aid the US military in this war. After the adoption f the war on terror, president Bush, in most of his speeches, always described the war on terror as the last hope of survival and that only way to save Justice, freedom and democracy which are basically the principles that the USA is based on.
Today The War on Terror is considered to be the worst policy the USA has adopted because, it lost its true purpose after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it was used to justify war crimes committed by the military and it has destroyed the Economy.