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What were the aims and methods of the war on terror?

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Question 2 - What were the Aims and Methods of the War on Terror? Many American and European politicians have stressed a war on terrorism after the attacks on September 11th 2001. The media and opposing politicians have suggested many unofficial reasons why the war on terror has started. These include the large sums of oil in the Middle East, the Jewish movement in Israel, the strategic position of Iraq and Iran in the Middle East, and a simple reason to retaliate after 9/11. However leading politicians, such as George Bush and Tony Blair, have also passed forward many formal reasons as to why they believe the war was needed. The first aim is to ensure Rogue States, (countries which breach human rights regimes and cause a general stress to other countries), no longer support any form of terrorist activity and to spread democracy and freedom to the people of Rogue States. ...read more.


America has also pushed a spread of democratic beliefs in Iraq as their main method in the war in the area. "Our mission in Iraq is clear: ... We're helping Iraqis build a free nation that is an ally in the war on terror and advancing freedom in the broader Middle East."2America and its Allies believe that this will be beneficial to the War On Terror because it helps to reform people who turn to terrorism and stamp out the murderous ideologies of terrorism in the area. The second aim is to strengthen security in every country that helps with the war on terror to protect them from further terrorism. To ensure this aim will succeed, the PATRIOT Act was passed into law in America on the 26th of October 2001 and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act followed in Britain just 24 days later. ...read more.


The largest percentage of the prisoners hosted there are from Afghanistan and conditions are horrific. The conditions are so poor that President Obama has pledged to terminate the camp at Guantanamo; "Guantanamo Prison will be closed no later than one year from now... and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and ideals."4 A similar centre has been set up in Britain called Belmarsh Prison. The centres have been designed to deter people who think about terrorism and to ultimately seize any suspected terrorists around the world without fail. 1 George Bush, response to September attacks, 20.09.01 2 George Bush, Iraq War Pledge, 28.06.05 3 George Bush, response to September attacks, 20.09.01 4 President Obama, Guantanamo closure pledge, 22.01.09, BBC NEWS, (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7845585.stm) Downloaded 23.04.09 ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonathan Lupton - 10R History Coursework - 9/11 ...read more.

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