The War on Terror did not Promote Democracy and Freedom throughout the World
I disagree with the statement that the war on terror did not promote freedom and democracy in the world. Countries that have engaged in the war against terrorism have experienced internal peace due to the reduction of external threats. This shows that the endeavor has borne fruits in promoting freedom and democracy. Almost all countries in the world have joined in the anti-terrorist campaign because they feel that their democracy and national freedom is at stake given the growing terror groups that preach hatred and extremism (Swansbrough 23). The United States of America made big strides towards democracy in the event that they fought terrorist groups in the Arab world. During President Bush’s reign in America, peace and unity emerged after anti-terror attacks were initiated to counter rebellion in the Arab countries. This was fundamental for global security because it facilitated the establishment of a stronger economy.
Freedom of movement to and from these countries helped in the opening of economic activities in these regions. The anti-American campaign hindered the development and integration of people from these regions and largely, globally. This was because of the ideology used by the terrorist to create enmity in global democracy. Therefore, I differ with people who think that the anti-terror campaign did not bear fruits. Moreover, it has encouraged the development of trade ties among different countries in the world – an action that has improved the flow of income. In the past, terrorists would threaten the establishment of national government by attacking and deploring the natural resourcing to fund their terror activities. Eventually, a country would become politically unstable. Thus, terrorist ideologies would grow. Without extinguishing this fire, global security would be in the hands of terrorists who killed and destroyed peaceful coexistence.
The War on Terror did not Promote Democracy and Freedom throughout the United States
The United States of America promoted an effective internal democracy through involvement in terror war. When President Bush assumed power in 2000, he promised to promote democracy and peace inside and outside the country. American citizens were living in fear of attacks from the Muslim extremist groups such as al Qaida, which threatened their democratic rights and freedoms. Therefore, Bush improvised ways to attack and contain the terrorist attacks that would yield fear and discrimination among citizens (Simon 56). This kind of fear was attributed to lack of democratic leadership and institutions in the Arab countries, a situation that facilitated the inception of Islamic extremism and ideological concepts. President Bush vowed to fight terrorism at all cost so that he could protect American dignity and decorum. Since inception of the war, Americans have witnessed lesser attacks and increased national cohesion. Invaluably, the economy has improved in terms of security measures to the extent of exponential economic growth. The reason behind this is that America has continually experienced an increase in the population of immigrants from Arab countries. They contribute to the development of the economy. In addition, trade ties with Arab nations have brought about reduced costs of energy. The Arab region is among the largest oil producing regions in the world and the United States forms the largest consumer of their oil. This means that peaceful coexistence between the two regions is fundamental for the economy’s health and democracy as well (Braund and Ashcroft 46). Lastly, Americans are in a position to carry out their day-to-day business activities without fear of terrorist attacks. This helped in building confidence amongst business people as well as the citizens. Thus, the fight against terrorism was a success for the government.
Braund, Mark, and Ross Ashcroft. Four Horsemen: Understand How the World Really Works. Cork: BookBaby, 2014. Print.
Simon, Jonathan. Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012. Print.
Swansbrough, Robert H. Test by Fire: The War Presidency of George W. Bush. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.