NURLAILI AZIZAH

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Foreign Policy: History and Perspectives (12)

06 July 2012 - dalam Sistem Politik Amerika Serikat Oleh nurlaili-azizah-fisip11

“We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.”

(George W. Bush, September 7, 2003)

Written by: Nurlaili Azizah (071112001)

Quote above was stated by George W. Bush Jr. in his speech on September 7th, 2003, two years after 9/11 tragedy. George W. Bush Jr. is the 43th US President. Based on his speech, Bush thought that terrorism was caused by the perception of weakness. He also said that US was fighting Iraq and Afghanistan. Those both countries was suspected by US as hostbed of terrorists.

Those quote was very closely related to US foreign policy after the 9/11 tragedy. As we know well, 9/11 tragedy was worst tragedy in US history. On September 11th, 19 terrorists that were suspected as the Islamist militant group, Al-Qaeda, hijacked four passenger jets. Those hijackers crashed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex in New York City and Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 3.000 people died in this attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes, none of whom survived. After those tragedy, US campaigned to combat global terrorism aggressively. US engaged other countries to fight against terrorists and strengthen its military forces, security, and defense.

According to me, the US decision to combat global terrorism is right. But, US often uses the guise of combating terrorism to expand other countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. US accused that Iraq had a destruction mass weapon, but investigation result revealed that there was no weapon founded. Even, the US soldiers had killed so many innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is truly ironic and unwise actions.

Indonesia also had experienced the terror tragedies at many times, started from Bali Bomb 1, Bali Bomb II, etc. Terrorism has threatened the stability and security of this country. Our government do everything to reduce the terrorism actions. All countries, including Indonesia, mobilize all their abilities to protect national security and trying to play an active role to combat terrorism. Cooperation between countries is improved to minimize the space for terrorists. Global war on terrorism is still far from complete, because the terrorists in the world interconnected and will always do the regeneration. However, it would be good if the efforts to combat terrorism encouraged and developed, because the problem of terrorism is the global responsibility.

References:

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/George_W._Bush/ (accessed on June 27th, 2012)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/white_house/july-dec03/bush_iraq_speech.html



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