War on terror in a functionalist’s perspective

2003). Another good example of limiting people’s rights is the John Warner Defense Authorization Act (John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, 2005-2006). This act allows the President to overwrite state and local authorities in order to maintain public order by allowing the National Guard to station twar-on-terror.jpgroops at any location in the United States. Another very interesting and at the same time controversial act that was passed in 2006 was the
The War on Terror is more than a fight between a society that people live in and a counter culture that is against the points of view that are set{**Anecdotes:**The Life-Changing Event of a School Kid}. Democratic countries that use the power of freedom cannot take unjustified action against other countries or societies because there would be conflict or contradiction of their beliefs since freedom guarantees the freedom to live in peace. There is another way to overcome those obstacles and that’s by presenting information in a way so that population would be willing to change their morals or opinions and trust in what government is presenting. The War on Terror is a very good way of accomplishing goals that are not always right and a lot of times contradicting sets of beliefs that are what keep this society together. There are many reasons why the government declared the War on Terror. One of them would be to have more control over people and at the same time having them accept those rules for the greater good {Anecdote: The Magical Acceptance of a Life-changing Event}.


There are many acts that drastically limit the freedom of any individual that lives in our society or the ones that commit crimes against it {**Ethical Perspective:** //**Adapting to the always changing world}**//. There are a couple that are going to be presented in this paper to see the seriousness of the situation. {Vignette.Devastation from terrorism} The Patriot Act of 2001 was designed to target terrorists in the United States but instead of that it gave the privilege the authorities to spy on American citizens (Jones, 2002- Military Commissions Act ( Military Commissions Act of 2006 , 2007). What was shocking about this act was that it took the principle of habeas corpus away from the so called terrorists that were kept in American’s prisons. This act took the check and balance process away from those prisoners, and they were no longer guaranteed lawful imprisonment and held without any legal charges pressed against them. In addition, designated authorities could basically torture those prisoners without worrying about any legal actions that could be pressed against them. Those are just the few laws that have been established after the September 11th 2001, when the terrorist attack influenced American society and made them vulnerable to any limitation in human rights.(**Ethical Perspectives:** //War on Terror or War on American's Freedoms)//


Coming back to the basics, since 2001 American tax payers spent over 1.1 trillion dollars on the so called War on Terror and this does not include medical expenses after wounded soldiers came back from the war (Belasco, 2010). To make this clear, the United States is spending more than half of the collected tax revenue on the military. This money could be put to better use by transferring those funds into other departments that are lacking in funds. One of those departments is the education system that is being crippled due to the lack of funds which is being reduced on an annual basis. Many students cannot afford a college education simply because the American economy is in a recession. The government should be supporting those people by investing in their future. By opting not to help educate this part of the populace, the society of the U.S. looses valuable future intellectuals, educators, and inventors. According to the Public budget for the fiscal year 2001 there was only 4% of public funding that went to American education. 58% of public funds are used on the military which is fourteen times larger than the education budget (National Prorites Project, 2010). So the big question is why is so much money spent on the military? After George W. Bush handed presidency to Barack Obama, the amount of funds that went to education jumped up to 11% in 2009. That didn’t hold up for long since this number declined to 4% in 2010 which is lower than when Bush was in the White House. Is that political maneuver that is just to show the population that something changed since the Bush Administration left the White House?


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All of the above information has great points however, there are still other views that can be added to give people another perspective of the war on terror. The war on terror has been a winning battle for Americans so far. The tax payers have been spending over one trillion dollars to fight the war on terror (Thompson, 2008). Money shouldn’t matter to a person if their life has been in danger and terrorized every time they go into an airport, or while they are working in the Willis Tower in Chicago or the Empire State Building in New York. I would hope that our president would do his best to protect us and fight until all terrorist are cuffed and in jail punishing them for their violent acts towards so many innocent people. I understand that other cultures have their views on American culture, but this doesn’t mean that we deserve to have our lives and loved ones taken away from us by terrorist. Americans have their views on people like that and we are not going to tolerate it and let them take our families lives, and structures that taxpayers have spent a lot of hard work, time and money on.

Although the core of this claim is valid, it suffers from a flaw in its reasoning. There are some answers to the war on terror that some Americans don’t quite agree with but they should think again because we haven’t had any other problems with terrorism since September 11th, 2001.
{ Vignette: //The moments the Towers fall}//**
For example the Patriot Act of 2001, the purpose of the USA Patriot Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and other purposes (USA.gov). If you are a normal hardworking American you have nothing to worry about besides the fact that our government might be a little nosey, but of course if you’re a terrorist you should know that there are going to be consequences to your actions and should think very carefully before you act because the US Government does not mess around especially when hundreds of innocent lives are in danger.


All the functions that go with the label “war on terror” are negative.{Vignette-Sept 11th 2001 A day in my memory//} Over 4000 American soldiers died in this war that cannot be won because fighting with terrorism is like fighting with air, no one can entirely eliminate either one (Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2009). The people of the United States don’t have an interest in the war on terror but the government has. The main goal of declaring the war on terror was to defeat terrorists and their organizations, and defend the United States citizens and their interest. Neither of those goals were accomplished since 2001 and U.S. military is nowhere near in process of returning the troops from the Middle East. Our country is limiting people’s freedom in the name of this endless war that puts the United States into a larger debt then it already is. Facts show that War on Terror is just a cover for the actions that go against our society’s culture and beliefs. {**Anecdote**: //Operation Enduring Freedom//}




Works Cited

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Belasco, B. (2010, september 2). The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other. Retrieved February 2011, from The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf
John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. (2005-2006). Retrieved February 2011, from GovTrack.us: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-5122

Jones, A. (2002-2003). PRISON PLANET.com . Retrieved February 2011, from http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2004/091004patriotact.htm
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Thompson, M. (2008, December 26). The $1 Trillion Bill for Bush's War on Terror. Retrieved April 3, 2011, from Time in Partnership with CNN: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1868367,00.html
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