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Justifying War in the Middle East

            According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the definition of the word justified is as follows: to provide or be a good reason for something and to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable. How does this term apply to war and its principles? For thousands of years since the first war the main question being asked has been is war justified? Throughout history, war after war, there have been many that have been justified and many that have not. In recent times though, there is one war above all that raises the question of justification of war, the war on terrorism. On September 11, 2001 America was attacked by an Islamic terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. Since this terrible moment in history the United States has been locked-in in a war against terror. But the question many Americans ask themselves is whether or not this war is justified. Some say that war is never the right answer when it comes to defending your country but I say that, in fact, although war can be evil there are justifications that make it a necessary evil. One must weigh the pros against the cons in order to figure this question out. .
             Terrorism, plain and simple is an evil, it is a crime that cannot be forgiven. It attacks the life of civilization and its peace. Although some American philosophers and higher power men have said that the terrorists responsible for the attacks on 9/11 should be excused because we as a country brought on the attack due to our policies worldwide specifically in the Middle East. The men that flew the planes into the World Trade Center are evil and they intentionally carried through with these evil deeds. Even if the terrorists involved in the attack were to grieve for the evil they committed it could never be fully justified. In order to understand terrorism and its evils we must accept it. Our leaders of this country, politically, have no doubt that terrorism is evil and it must be challenged.

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