Political Science 101
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Political Science 101
Do you ever fear for your life when you board a plane? Ten or fifteen years ago most people would most likely say “no”. Today however, people have been changing their minds about terrorists. The bombings of Pam Am flight 103 and more recently the Oklahoma City Federal Building have put a new fear into the hearts of Americans. Terrorism is on the rise and our government needs to begin to crack down on it.
First, a review of some of the atrocities that have been experienced by Americans over the last few years:
* April, 1983: The U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was bombed, leaving 16
dead and more than 100 injured.
* October, 1983: The U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was bombed, resulting in
* June 9, 1985: TWA Flight 847 was hijacked. U.S. Navy diver Robert
Stethem, who was on board, was brutally murdered, his body dumped on the
* February, 1988: Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins-part of the United Nations
peacekeeping force in Lebanon-was kidnapped and later murdered.
* December, 1988: Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland,
with 270 killed.
* February, 1993: New York City's World Trade Center was bombed by Islamic
extremists, leaving six dead and hundreds injured.
* March, 1995: American diplomatic personnel were murdered in a hail of
machine gun fire on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan.
(“USA Today”, Jan. 1996. Louis J. Freeh)
Theses are only acts that were committed by groups outside the states. The death toll for incidents committed by people within our own borders is much higher. These are the reasons that America needs to start getting tough on terrorists and their acts of insanity.
Americans have historically enjoyed more freedoms than the citizens of most any other country in the world. We have the freedoms of speech, religion, press, etc. We also have the freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What if these freedoms somehow came into conflict? Terrorism is one of those issues that brings about such an argument. Do Americans want to prevent such horrible acts as the Oklahoma city bombing? I would say that most Americans would agree that yes, we need to prevent events like that from occurring again. The question is: How much freedom will you give up to have a right to life? This very inquiry is presenting quite a stir in congress.
For us to be safe, the government realizes that we, as the American public, must give up s
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