..is terrorism over?

Philippines
October 27, 2012 6:01am CST
I think the world heaved a great sigh of relief when it learned that Osama bin laden is dead. The US declared that the war on terrorism is over. But is it really over? I mean, I know Bin laden was a great leader for his supporters but does his elimination really mark the end of this activity? Can we rest easy and sleep in comfort knowing that there will be no one will bomb any place in the world anymore? Does it mean that we should drop all these security measures in public areas in a country or when entering a foreign country? I think I still have a fear since my country is an archipelago with a lot of entrances and exits. I'm not exactly confident of the military when it comes ot these matters but proud of them nonetheless. Small countries, particularity in Europe, might have greater defense in these kind of attacks. Can we really put in the past now?
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@dogsnme (1266)
• United States
28 Oct 12
No. As long as there are evil people in this world there will be terrorism and wars. Terrorism is nothing new, really. It's existed in some fashion since the beginning of the world. But I think when we hear of terrorism we associate it most easily with the Islamic terrorism of today. Bin Laden was an inspirational figurehead for al-qaeda. The actual brains behind their attacks was al-Zawahiri. But the idea that you can kill one or two key members of their organization and expect it to fall apart is foolish. That might have worked in Nazi Germany when you had the German populace and even members of the military gradually losing faith in Hitler and his murderous, Fascist agenda. But the Islamic terrorists are too fanatical about their radical ideology to simply give up when a key leader is killed.
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Really good points. I guess that the Islamic terrorism was a great upset in the modern times. I think nations are able to remember how hard and sad WWII. The world certifiably didn't expect terrorism form a religious sector since wars and great fights are fought due to territories and mass occupation of otehr countries. I agree that there is a level of high fanatical people out there. They feel that they have been deprived too much and the only recourse is to hit back at people, whether they are innocent or not. Of course, m to a fanatical mind, everyone who doesn't suffer like him is an enemy or someone indifferent. I guess they love to make everyone miserable as they are.
@dogsnme (1266)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Wars are fought for way more than just territory and occupation. While it can be rightly argued that Hitler started World War II for the sake of gaining more territory it was by no means the only reason he started the war. Racism, and economic hardship were other reasons but also not the only ones. In the case of Islamic terrorism, the terrorists attack others not because of being deprived but because of Islamic religious fanaticism. In fact most if not all of the terrorists the world deals with on a daily basis are not deprived, at least not financially. Most of the terrorist leaders, such as bin Laden, were, if not filthy rich, most definitely not poor. Their drive comes from an extreme religious ideology that says that if you are not Muslim then you are an infidel and therefore you must be killed.
@zeedo666 (150)
• Poland
27 Oct 12
As long as there's oil to get there will be "terrorism" too.
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
well, I heard a rumor that a disputed island is rich in oil. But we contest it with China. It would be a great trouble for small countries but also have good oil reserves in their territories.
@zeedo666 (150)
• Poland
5 Nov 12
But you can't declare war to everybody. You have to find "reason" to do that, eg. claim that some country's lider have nuclear missils or instigates people to terrorism, then make the others believe you but first of all you have to be sure that nobody will help this wicked country when you attack it. Island is probably in European Union (although I'm not sure) and have strong allies.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
27 Oct 12
As much as we would like for the nightmare of terrorism to be completely over, realistically speaking it is always going to be around in some shape or form. There will always be someone for whatever reason who enjoys sparking fear in the hearts of other people. There will always be people who will be charismatic enough to get people to follow their every whim. There will always be people who will follow that leader. Sadly, the vicious cycle begins and ends with humanity itself. We really can be capable of some kind of rotten things when we put our minds to it. It may sound cynical, in fact it is very cynical. However, terrorism is something that was around long before Osama Bin Laden even breathed his first breath. He just brought it into the public eye with his actions. And it has the potential to be around as long as there is human life on Earth.
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Humanity is the root of it all. Nice thoughts to ponder. The reaosn I focused on Osama because ,well, he was the recent one.If Hitler was some where around,i think he'll be counted for it too but he's already out of the picture, thank gOd.At least, they will be people who are able to see the other side of the spectrum. I just hope that the world doesn't get tired of defending or doing the right thing even in the most dire circumstances.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
1 Nov 12
No matter where you are, no matter what you're doing, there is always the threat of a terrorist. It was here long before bin laden and will be here long after. The war on terrorism isn't something, I think that gets won and is over. It really can't be that simple.