Terror and Violence

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Think about this: The Assyrians ruled their empire by force, violence, terror…their empire was at nearly constant war.

What would the effect of that be not just on the people they ruled but also the rulers? We typically (and justifiably) focus on the victims in these situations. But the use of violence has to have an effect not just on the violated but the violator as well: the terrorist as well as the terrified. What does constant war do to the mentality the psychology of the those who engage in it? What does it do to that society?

Now consider; For most, if not all, of your life the United States has been at war. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. All of your life has been spent living in a country and society at war… You don’t remember what it was like when no one in the US really worried much about terrorists. For you there was never a time when you didn’t have to take off your shoes to go through airport security. During your life time there have always been tens of thousands of  US soldiers troops in the Middle East and there has been a constant stream of injured, shell shocked soldiers coming back home. 6,717 Americans have died in your lifetime as a result of these wars. There have been times when the United States was not at war. Imagine how that must have been different.

Questions

  • How has constant war changed the United States?
  • What might have been different in your life if the US had not been at war for most of it? 
  • How might it be possible to stop terrorism? (It might be impossible to eliminate completely, but what is a tactic that might be worth trying)

Worth looking at: A List of Terrorist Activities (successful and unsuccessful) in the US since 2001

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