Essay on Terrorism : A Global Concern Today

707 Words Dec 19th, 2015 3 Pages
In the year 2030, terrorism will be defeated as it has become a global concern today. Terrorism is socially constructed by states—the meaning of terrorism varies depending on the context. For example, “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter” (unknown). This quote is applicable to international relations in the most recent scenario where former president Ronald Reagan and his administration called the Afghan Mujahideen “freedom fighters” during the Cold War against the Soviet Union, yet two decades later, when a new generation of Afghans are fighting against a regime installed by foreign Western powers, the United States administration under George W. Bush labelled them “terrorists”. Just last year, the Taliban in Pakistan attacked a public army school in Peshawar, slaughtering about 145 children. This tragic attack sparked widespread reactions leaving Pakistan and its society heartbroken. Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, condemned the attack stating “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us”. Pakistani children paid tribute to those who died in the Peshawar attack by singing “Mujhe Dushman Ke Bachhon ko Parhana Hai (I want to educate the children of our enemy)” in a song. This revenge that these children seek is influenced by Malala’s focus on using education as the ultimate weapon against terrorism.
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