Terrorism in our world today

The biggest problem facing America today is not inequality, or immigration, it is still

terrorism and no one is doing anything about it. Terrorism has cost us so much, that if we lose all

control, our world would be absolute mayhem and we can not let it get to that point. Although it

is hard to pinpoint a certain number of casualties each year worldwide, the average number of

casualties caused by terrorism from 2006 to 2017 is 17,939 according to The Statistics Portal.

People do not really think about terrorism until something happens. Admit it, do you really think,

̈there could be a terrorist in this building and people may die? ̈ The answer to this is most likely

no. We do not think about it till something happens, then everyone freaks out about it for a while

and then it eventually subsides. So why is terrorism still our biggest problem? It’s because no one

does anything about it and we do not really know what a terrorist acts/looks like, so it’s hard to

prevent these attacks.

According to an article written by Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent,

in the year to September, 40 percent of terror suspects arrested were white, 33 percent were

Asian, 12 percent were black and 14 percent were recorded as other. This information shows that

most terror attacks/suspects are not muslims, who seem to be the ideal classification of a

terrorist, but are really people who you would not consider terrorists. The increase of terror

attacks are not the only thing that have changed since 9/11; airport security, the economy, and

many other things have also changed quite a bit. If you have ever been to an airport before 9/11

and then went to one now, you will be able to tell how drastically it has changed. There are

specific rules they have and that’s only for our own safety. Although most terror attacks are

bombings and shootings, if any type of aircraft was involved, that would have the potential to be

more catastrophic. This is because terrorists seem to be evolving more and more everyday and

are figuring out different, more elaborate ways to carry out these attacks.

It is hard to pinpoint who is a terrorist, because in all honesty, it could be anyone. We do

not really know how a terrorist looks or acts, we just accuse people because of their religion,

where they come from, etc. Senseless accusations that are being made are hurting other people;

just to make you feel safe/better about yourself. Some accusations can be helpful and can

actually stop a terrorist attack from happening.

An article written by, Eleanor Busby Education Correspondent, talked about how an eight

year old boy was questioned by two counter-terrorism police officers and a social worker at a

school in east London over alleged radicalisation fears. The school said that there were no

concerns raised about this boy, but they still questioned the boy because of concerns sparked by

the father’s links to members of an Islamist group.

Furthermore, even some of the youngest people in our generation are being questioned

just because of their religion, which is insane. Unfortunately, in our society today, there are

many other people like this boy, who are also falsely accused. We do not know who is innocent

and who is guilty. We look at the statistics and the behaviors of people and assume that they are

terrorists or not based on that information. This is not an efficient way to figure out who is a

terrorist and end these attacks. There is a lot of work that needs to be done in our society to arrest

the real terrorist and prevent these attacks from happening.

In addition, an article written by Shappi Khorsandi talked about how people fear others

because of their religion. This a very common issue in our society today. People are being

wrongfully accused and convicted of terrorism, when in reality, it’s completely the opposite.

Because of the idea that has been drilled into our brains that most terrorist are muslims, we fear

them more than others, which in reality, it should be the other way around because of the

information previously stated. The number of terror attacks committed by muslims are

comparatively low compared to others.

Although in some cases this argument is highly agreeable, for some people it may seem

hard to agree with because they may feel like people are handling terrorism effectively, but is it

really? Most people who do not agree that no one is doing anything about terrorism would say

that the FBI is doing everything they can to lower the rate and try to stop it. If someone truly

thought this and saw it happening, then wouldn’t we see a change in these statistics? If we do not

take control of this situation now, it will not be long until we see the damaging effects that

terrorism will have on our world. We will spend more money and the damages will be even

greater than ever before.

In conclusion, terrorism is still the biggest problem facing America today even though it

may not seem like it. There are many people who are being wrongfully accused and convicted of

terrorism just because they ̈fit ̈ the description of how terrorist ̈acts/looks ̈. Also, religion plays

a big factor in how people view others, if you are muslim, most people will assume you are a

terrorist; which is really disheartening. With all of these factors in play, it seems like terrorism

will never stop. It seems like no one cares until something happens and then they forget about it

and yet, no one is contributing to help end terrorism. Our world is suffering greatly from many

different factors, and terrorism contributes to that. We have to start doing something now before

it’s too late. If anything like 9/11 happens again, it will probably be bigger and more

catastrophic; the attacks will increase and we will have lost all control of terrorism.

By Jericka Thacker

Guest columnist

Jericker Thacker is a student at Edison State Community College.