ForeignPolicy And The ‘War On Terror’
ForeignPolicy And The ‘War On Terror’
TheUnited States Foreign Policy is simplified as the way in which thecountry interacts with the other nations. The policy also sets thestandards which define the countries relation and interaction withother nations for its organizations, individual citizens as well asits corporations. Through the ForeignPolicy’sagenda the goals of the policy are building and sustaining ademocratic, secure as well as prosperous world for the benefit of theinternational community and the American people at large. Since itsinception, the United States foreign policy has undergone dramaticchange. United States deploys three key tools to conduct its foreignpolicy objectives which entails diplomacy, foreign aid, and militaryforce (Boyle, 2008). This paper looks at definite use foreign policytowards a definite region/country, as well as global effortsimplemented against terrorism ‘Waron Terror’.
U.S‘War on Terror’ Foreign Policy towards the IslamicCommunity/Countries
Sincethe 9/11 incident in the United States, the United States ForeignPolicy towards the Islamic community and the Islamic countriesdramatically changed. Throughout its history, the United Statesdeployed approaches such as support for authoritarian where itpreferred the stability of democracy toward the Islamic countries, inaddition to sanctions and military actions. However, since the 9/11calls for democracy and freedom in the Middle East have become farmore forceful, least to substantiate the ‘war against terrorism’.The challenges posed by the Islamic movements had led to thevictimization of the Islamic community and the religion, as it’sseen as a threat to the American security policy. This has in turnbecome bothalien and unsettling to American policymakers (Gershmanet al, 2014).
Overthe time, there have been different sources globally that has been onthe forefront towards fighting the menace of terrorism. Also known asthe global war on terror, it was a global military campaign thatcommenced after the 9/11 incident in the United States. One of thekey sources discussing the global effort against terrorism is theUnited Nations. Other
Strengthsand Weakness of the Foreign Policy towards the Islamic Community
Despitethe implementation of the United States as one of the powerfulnations, the country’s policy towards the Islamic communities andcountries has brought along merits and demerits. One of theweaknesses is the ‘victimization’ of the Islamic community sincethe 9/11 incident. This has in turn propelled the coming of theIslamic terror groups such as the recent incidents of ISIS, which isseen as a counter measure to the United States fight against theterror groups. The Islamic community is depicted as a source ofterror threat to the community. This has been a negative label tothem in the world. In addition, the United States foreign policy hascontinually led to the isolation of the Muslim community. Forexample, the case that has occurred in countries such as Libya andEgypt has been believed to be fueled by negative attribution of theIslamic dictatorship leaders (Boyle,2008).
Despitethe negative attributes associated with the United States foreignpolicy, the policy has immensely contributed to massive contributionby other nations in the common initiative of fighting the terrorism.The foreign policy has brought along substantial benefits for boththe domestic and transactional corporations. The foreign policy hasenable the united states contribute to the rebuilding of othernations through economic supports
Opinionon whether the overall"War on Terror" will be successful
Theoverall current form “war on terrorism” seems to tend to provesuccessful in its current form.After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S.A governmentunder George Bush’s administration declared a worldwide "waron terror," involving new security legislation, open and covertmilitary operations, efforts to block the financing ofterrorism, and more (Gershmanet al, 2014).Washington called on other states to join in the war againstterrorism asserting that "either you are with us, or you arewith the terrorists." Many governments joined this campaign,often adopting harsh new laws, lifting long-standing legalprotections and stepping up domestic policing and intelligence work.Massive contribution by countries as well as security agencies wouldsignal a significant success in fight against terrorism. Yes! Theoverall war on terror would be successful.
TheIslamic countries have been an issue of concern to the policy makersin united states this has been due to the fact that the countriesand the regions have been attributed to the terrorism activities inthe world. Taking for example the case of Afghanistan, and the 9/11terrorism attack in united states, the American policy makers had toimplement measures to reduce the threats posed by the Arabiccountries to the country’s security. The Islamic countries play akey element towards the US policy efforts as it has defined itsrelations with the country.
Theefforts by the United States to combat terrorism has been affectedthe American foreign policy towards the Islamic/Arabic countries. TheAmerican foreign policy towards the countries in question has led todepiction of the countries as enemies of the United States and theentire world at large. The fight against terrorism has seen theefforts of the United States be on high alert of the actions of theIslamic community. Through the country’s foreign policy, theIslamic community has been seen as threat to the world security.
Despitethe strained relationship between the United States of America andmajority of the Islamic community/countries, the Islamic communitycan as well contribute to the fight against terrorism. This can bedone through the abolishment of the illegal groups such the case ofISIS in Iraq and Syria. The government in the affected countriesshould help in fighting terrorism through prosecution of suchterrorist groups.
Waron terrorism is turned global launched by the Bush administration the“war on terrorism” and influenced all countries to embrace itspolicy. Since 2011 most countries have implemented policies to curband prevent terrorism, such as increasing the level of security inall the countries entrances such as the borders and airports (Rehman& Ghosh, 2008). Inside terrorism in the West African countriessuch as the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria has terrorized itspeople by killing innocent citizens, but the Nigerian government hastaken charge by sending its troops to counter attack the terroristgroup. All democratic governments with the U.S foreign policy haveput policies to curb terrorism and the Global society is againstterrorism since it causes damage to the innocent.
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