An article in this month’s “Stuff” magazine for men, titled “Die American Scum” tells us that the world sucks. It sucks because while Americans have given other countries “Mickey Mouse, burgers and gum, won wars for them, kept the peace and disposed of dictators,” all we have gotten in return is terrorism. The article, by John Parrish, goes on to discourage Americans from traveling to 10 “terrorist” countries including Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Colombia and Mexico.
While the article attempts to further the notion that evil terrorists in the rest of the world are out to get innocent Americans, like many other sources of contorted propaganda, it fails to look at why. Through the news, movies and magazines such as “Stuff,” we are constantly bombarded with images of Middle Eastern terrorists, Colombian guerrillas or Mexican Zapatistas, all out to hurt Americans. But a look at the United States’ own record and at the stereotypes bred by the media reveal that America’s actions and policies generate hatred abroad. Furthermore, the image we have of a typical terrorist must be revealed for what it is – pure racism.
Ask any American what country poses the biggest threat to the United States today and most will say Iraq. Even little kids know that Saddam Hussein embodies all that is evil in the world. We see pictures of American flag-burning Iraqis and shudder with fear and confusion. But what do we expect? U.S. sanctions have caused the deaths of millions of Iraqis. How are these deaths different than those caused by so called “terrorists?” Our selfishness gives birth to a dangerous cycle. Sanctions create animosity toward the United States. This hatred may lead to terrorism…
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…ontradictory actions that either further or exact terrorism. Obviously, any and all terrorism is bad. But we must open our eyes to America’s own terrorist actions and look critically at why countries harbor hatred towards us. I remember watching TV and seeing Serbian youth in the streets last year angrily chanting against Americans as they tore up our country’s flag. I felt afraid, but I also felt extremely guilty.
I believe that the citizens of other nations do not want to hate the American people. But when we sit quietly as our government attacks them, either with bombs or sanctions, what can we expect? We must actively resist the stereotypes and untruths that the media have the power to generate. In doing so, we can begin to show the people of other nations that we are on their side and we can decrease some of the hatred that underlies terrorism.”
Bioterrorism: The Medical Response and Treatment
Bioterrorism is the terrorist act of manipulating natural components to sabotage an
enemy. It has been around for thousands of years, but in different forms. To take a case in point, the article, “History of Bioterrorism,” states that the Assyrians poisoned the well of their enemies with rye ergot in the 6th Century B.C. More recent examples of bioterrorism include the anthrax inhalation from received mail in 2001 (Office of The Surgeon General). Although these are only recorded acts, there is a whole other story to what should happen once a victim is diagnosed with any type of bioterrorism and what treatment they should undergo, if one exists. For example, the medical response and treatment are different for anthrax, smallpox and tularemia. The medical response and treatment depend on the severity of the case and the type of bioterrorism.
There are many factors that play into how a situation should be handled. For a start, the initial approach to a bioterrorist scene determines the outcome of the fatality of the situation. Also, the technique used to spread an infection is vital because it determines what method would be the best as a counter attack. For example, Robert Bourke states in his book Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders that, “vapor release from nerve or blister agents will
require greater isolation and downwind distances [versus] a liquid spill,” (338). Another
important factor to better the situation is distance and detection devices. First emergency
responders should keep their distance for their own safety; “detection devices . . . will help in
determining presence of agents and assigning isolation and evacuation distances,” (338). Bourke
notes that, “the best method of detection for fir…
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Burke, Robert. Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders. 2nd ed. Florida: CRC Press Taylor