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Discursive Essay - Negotiation With Terrorists

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Should We Negotiate with Terrorists? Terrorism, since the turn of the century has reached its pinnacle. Their actions are heard by distant ears. The fear they created is experienced by all. And yet, their names remain hidden. This is the power of terrorists. A single threat will leave people in their houses for days, a plan implemented will leave people horrified and scarred. The power held by these terrorists in some countries is greater than that of the government. Terrorism was started when a few extremists did not agree with the functioning of this planet, and set out to change it. Well when you hear that above statement it does not come across badly at all, but when you add to it: though violent means is when you understand the root of terrorism. Many of these terrorist have had a disturbed childhood, some living through a war where they have lost their loved ones, others who have grown up in extreme poverty and see the rich drive around in their air conditioned cars and some brainwashed by religion. Whoever they are, they are fanatics. ...read more.


What is the point of violence if negotiating is a more viable solution to the problem? The government can set down their ground rules; discuss these terrorists' aims, put forth possible solutions and their beliefs. It is then up to these terrorist organizations whether to want to carry forward their attacks. Negotiating with them not only may put an end to the violence but also prevent a prelude and aftermath of attacks of great scale. Repeatedly one insists, the only way to find a permanent solution is by nipping the problem at the bud. Well, by starting of talks we can, get information about their origin, camps, leaders and much more. On talking, the governments may get to know their week points, the reason behind their actions, on doing so we can find out more about these terrorists and the reason why they believe in their actions and doings. If this can be achieved we can try an put an end to terrorism, once and for all. The counterpoint to this debate has a strong reasoning as well. Terrorists are people who go about trying to create peace through terror and violent means. ...read more.


Clearly not! And giving in to their demands is not only going to give them confidence in themselves that if we do this more often, our demands will be met, but we are creating more terror for ourselves. By giving them finances, is like aiding their activities, by releasing their fellow men, it is like committing suicide by helping them make more futile plans. How can we be a 100% sure, that such an event will not happen again? After much debate I believe that, first in order to reach a conclusion on this topic, we must first define a terrorist and a terrorist act. If an Iraqi soldier is called a terrorist then we should negotiate because he has a genuine cause behind his actions. In any case we must open routes of communication and put forth our ground rules; if they still believe in their reason then military back-up is always present. On the other hand if the government is pitted against persons who believe in spreading violence, those who in negotiation want back a few captured terrorists so more violence can be spread, then undoubtedly negotiating with them is wrong and should not be carried forth. It is finally up to every nation to decide its policy on negotiating with terrorists. ...read more.

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