What is terrorism? Who are the terrorists? And what is being done to stop them? These are just a few of the many questions that people need to start asking. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines terrorism as “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Right now in the United States Islamophobia is widespread and current social media is just enhancing its presence. The Huffington Post stated that … “so far this year, Americans have been more likely to be killed for being Muslim — than by a Muslim.” This frightening statistic is sadly true, Islamophobia has increased greatly since the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and more recently since the attacks on Paris.
In upcoming elections we must realize the significance of each politician’s understanding about terrorism and what they intend to do about it if they are elected. A lot of different and somewhat outlandish proposals have been made, but we should look more closely at how each politician intends to deal with these problems.
Hillary Clinton believes that “We need to go after the arc of instability that fuels this terrorist ideology from North Africa to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and go after their funding and their foreign fighters and their very effective use of the Internet.”
However Hillary Clinton as well as other presidential candidates have started to come up with plans to stop terrorism it seems none of the presidential candidates are talking about Islamophobia. The Huffington Post stated that, “Americans are so fixated on one form of violence — Islamic terrorism — that they do not notice how rare it is.”
What are these politicians going to do to stop this widespread Islamophobia?
The reality is that politicians are not talking about Islamophobia, but the question we should ask now is why? What are they going to do to stop terrorism?
But what is being done to stop Islamophobia?
photo credits: http://capitalresearch.org/2015/11/islamophobia-hoax/