Essay on Terrorism, Pakistan, And Afghanistan

1096 Words Aug 19th, 2015 5 Pages
As Representative John Cooksey stated in response to the attacks on September 11th, "If I see someone come in and he 's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and checked”(Ervin). Linking people of Arab descent to terrorism is very common, and of course there is a reason this stereotype has become so popular. For example in 2013, “More than half of all attacks [57%] and fatalities [66%], and nearly three-quarters of all injuries [73%] occurred in three countries: Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”(Statistics on Incidents). According to Statistics on Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide, the majority of the top ten countries with the most terror attacks were in the Middle East or Africa. In effect, "45% of white, non-Muslim respondents put Muslim-Americans on the "violent" side of the scale [when surveyed]"(Wihbey). Because of the media’s focus on Middle Eastern people when on the topic of terrorism, the question has been raised; is Middle Eastern culture terrorism?
In order for something to be classified as terrorism, there are several characteristics it must have. Firstly, it has to be a violent attack. The goal of terrorism is to bring fear on a nation, so terrorism must cause harm. These attacks also must be against civilians. As U.S Representative Patrick J Kennedy states, “terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty,and diversion in society”(Hunziker). Tim Garner, a…

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