The Global War on Terror
The Global War on Terror is, the name suggests, focused on international terrorism. The question at hand is whether or not the United States is doing enough to address domestic terrorism. After reading through the domestic terrorist events that occurred since the deadly Oklahoma City Bombing, its hard to say that the U.S is really doing enough to combat these terrorist acts. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 1018 hate groups in the U.S (SPLC 2011). With that in mind there have been nearly 100 plots committed in the U.S. These plots involve everything from rape and kidnapping, to racially or religiously charged attacks. I would say that most if not all the events listed in the SPLCs project had some type of law enforcement on the case prior to the events being committed. That being said I would say that there is definitely an effort being made to fight against these domestic terrorists. The hardest part about these events is that the culprits are full-fledged citizens. In recent years there have been a number of domestic terrorist attacks and one that is still on our minds is the Boston Marathon Bombing on April 15th, 2013. The two bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who were 26 and 19 respectively and had been living in the U.S for a decade (Gunaratna and Haynal 2013). Their family seaked sanctuary in the U.S in 2002 in fear of deadly prosecution because of their ties to Chechnya. Like any other immigrant family life wasnt the easiest. The brothers endured growing up in a tough neighborhood, their parents getting divorced, and overall not being able to do what they wanted to do in life. Tamerlan, the older brother, took to religion to aid in his struggles, and even took a trip back to his homeland, while the younger brother attended college but ultimately was more focused on smoking pot than anything else, but he looked up to his older brother and they relied on each other. Flags were raised and even the Russian Intelligent Service (FSB) warned the U.S about Tamerlan, and in turn the U.S added him to the TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment) database but ultimately found nothing proving he was a threat (Gunaratna and Haynal 2013). That being said, the U.S ultimately was aware of the risk the Tsarnaev brother posed but failed to see the real factors of a threat. Overall, I think the U.S is making the effort to keep the terrorist at bay on a domestic level, but needs to step it up when the flags do appear, especially like the case of the Tsarnaev brothers and the Boston Marathon Bombing.