The Unrecognized Terrorist

The Disregarded Terrorist Group
The war on terrorism is, and has been, one of the most pressing and prominent worldwide issues of the century. Death tolls continue to and countries are becoming increasingly wary; many nations taking what were once extreme measures to ensure national safety. Today’s battle against terrorism is unfair as well, due to how powerful and active the main offending party is terms international activities and influence. The United States of America is actively the most guilty and active terrorist group in the world. Unrecognized for the criminals they should be, the US has been behind three of the most devastating terrorist attacks in history; being the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Korean War and the Iraqi invasion.

Terrorism is not solely the general populations idea of civilian attacks and suicide bombings with 911 being what may first come to mind. Terrorism, defined by Mariam-Webster, is “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” In times of war, a terrorist attack might be overlooked as a form of advancement or retaliation. Looking back however, there has been two major circumstances in which the United States overstepped the bounds of war and committed what can technically be labeled as an act of terrorism. On August 6th and 9th 1945, nearing the end of the Second World War, the US dropped atomic bombs on the towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively (BBC home). The short-term death toll reached nearly 200 000 thousand people; many of whom were children, almost all casualties were innocent. Descendants of survivors who pass away from cancer or who suffer from genetic mutation are still actually considered to be victims of the blasts due to how the radiation affects generations.

The second instance where the US crossed the line in war tactics is the use of Agent Orange during the Korean War. From January 9th 1962 onward to May 7th 1975, Agent Orange...