War on terrorism, has been a hot topic in contemporary media and research, giving rise to many opinions and speculations. The issue remains acute in the light of continuing evidence of planned or aborted terrorist attacks, the frequency of terror acts and the polarization of many societies on the subject. This essay will explore the coverage of this issue and the resulting themes in the covered sources. Starting from an assortment of summaries of various sources, the essay will proceed to the exploration of various themes recurring in the explored sources.
Pillar, P. R. (2004, June 4). “A Scapegoat Is Not a Solution”. New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2006, from http://www. cia. gov/nic/articles_scapegoat. htm CIA’s National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia Paul R. Pillar in the New York Times publication explores the issues that emerged after George Tenet’s resignation as director of central intelligence after September 11th attacks. The author tries to defend the CIA stating that its repeated warnings about the approaching threat were ignored by the society.
He also states that today, in the light of 9/11 attacks that reshaped our understanding of security, the public needs to re-evaluate the relevance of national intelligence estimates, understanding that policy changes will be triggered not by information from intelligence services, but from disasters of a large scale. Pillar also insists on the necessity to educate the US public on issues of international terrorism. Testimony of Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Before the Senate Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate. (2005, February 16).
Retrieved January 4, 2006, from http://www. fbi. gov/congress/congress05/mueller021605. htm The speech delivered by FBI’s Director Robert S. Mueller before the US Senate is interesting in that it presents the US perspective on what the nation and its law enforcement bodies see as a challenge to national security. The director lists the most important threats to the US national security, surely giving Al Qaeda top priority. HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Lebanese Hizballah are cited as other groups that represent danger to the US and may be conducting undercover preparation for terrorist attacks inside the US.
Added to this is the threat of domestic terrorism including right-wing Patriot movement and anti-abortion extremists. The director proceeds to a more or less complete list of internal and external threats, concluding with suggested ways to step up FBI’s efforts. NATO. (2003, January 22). Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism. Retrieved January 4, 2006, from http://www. nato. int/docu/basictxt/b021122e. htm Defined as one of NATO’s basic texts, this document states the decision of EAPC (the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council) member states to support the common action plan against terrorist attacks.
The states expressed their commitment to “the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, as well as the rule of law, in combating terrorism” (NATO, 2003). After outlining the objectives and goals of the joint effort, the plan also develops the mechanism of coordination including political consultations, information sharing, especially with regard to arms, scientific cooperation and civil emergency planning. Meacher, M. (2003, September 6). “This war on terrorism is bogus. ” The Guardian. Retrieved January 4, 2006, from