Imagine a world without terrorism… Imagine how much happier the world would be if it had no terrorism. Just take a moment to think about all of the people that would still be alive, all of the buildings that would still be intact, and all the mental trauma that could have been avoided. It sounds nice doesn’t it? I don’t know if this might have actually happened to you, but for those of you that it hasn’t, imagine if you’re father or mother would have died because of a suicide bombing. Imagine how you would feel… Now image it two time worse and that’s what 309 families in Iraq and Afghanistan feel daily.
I’m pretty sure that we have all heard of the attack on 9/11. It was a day that devastated us all. I’m not sure if you know this but on the day of 9/11, there were about 50,000 people working in the World Trade Center, and that’s not all, there were about 140,000 visitors, and on that terrible day, 2,800 people lost their lives and about 1100 others were left injured. This Terrorist attack is just one out of many examples. In fact just a few weeks ago, Pakistan was condemned to a terrible terrorist attack. On the 26th of January 2008 a suicide bomber detonated himself near the back entrance of a Marriot hotel in Islamabad. Because of this 57 people died and over 200 were left injured. This may not seem as tragic to you as the 9/11 attack, but know this: the Pakistani government leaders were dining a mere couple hundred yards away, from where all of this had taken place. Now just take a moment to think about what could have potentially happened. Let’s say that the suicide bomber had known the whereabouts of this dinner, and this might just be me, but, I don’t think that this suicide bomber would have spent one moment’s hesitation in between choosing to blow up a Marriott hotel or, blow up half of the Pakistani government.
Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase of terrorist attacks. According toU.S. NCTC, which takes into account international and domestic statistics, in the year 2004 there were around 7,000 fatalities and now, in the year 2007, there were over 22,000 fatalities. Now just think for a second, is there really any logical reason why anybody could give up their lives just to kill others! In my opinion there really isn’t, there is no reason. But there are still people that do it! Why… Why is the question… Why, is the question we have to ask ourselves.
There are many reasons about why there is terrorism. One idea is that it is mostly because people of Radical Islam hate any free nation, and they will do whatever they can in order to destroy the economy of that free nation. Another idea is that it’s in their religion or in other words it’s what they believe in. The third reason is that these terrorists are jealous. They see the United States and envy their wealth, their power and their way of life. Because of this they get angry and basically want to destroy that country. But the last and most probable reason is that kids mainly in the Middle East, get a bad education. They get brought up believing that literally blowing yourself up is the right thing to do, and killing others is their way into heaven. They get brainwashed into doing things that any right-minded person would never do, for example, driving a commercial plane full of people into a trade center.
Let’s say that the reason why there is terrorism is because kids mainly from the Middle East are getting a bad education. The only solution to this problem would be to basically go to these kids and give them a good education and show them right from wrong. We have to go to them with teachers and educators, and possibly even completely change the infrastructure of the educational system there. If we do this I am certain that over the next few decades the amount of terrorist attacks and fatalities due to terrorist attacks will slowly, but surely start to decrease.
What I’m trying to get through is that there isn’t much that I can do but you, as the U.N. can do a lot. You are the leaders of a major government you guys have the power, the money and the influence to be able to do something. Sure, the citizens can sometimes choose their leaders, but they can’t do more than that. You can’t try to ignore terrorism, tell yourself that won’t happen to me or it’s a thing of the past, because if you do in fact do this I guarantee you that one day it will cost you. So what I’m mainly trying to say is that you, as leaders, have to confront it and make a difference.