The War on Terror vs. Wwi

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The War on Terror can readily be compared to WWI. The following analysis will compare and contrast these two important historical occurrences. It will also examine just a few of the many consequences of both.
Beneath its cloak, the infamous War on Terror garners striking similarities to WWI. The terror attack on Austria-Hungary ignited the War on Terror…nearly a century later. It was not until 1914 that a terrorist attack was utilized to provoke military response. The attack of September 11 is a modern replay of this attack. George W. Bush leapt into the war against Baghdad in 2003 with the same attitude of Woodrow Wilson in the Great War. One of Wilson’s reasons for going to war against Germany was based on his belief that his
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The threat of terror apparent in this war forces the US government to cross boundaries. In order to effectively conquer terror, the protagonists must develop stronger war strategy; weapons of mass destruction--including nuclear weapons--may arise. The US government has abberrated from the rights of justice that are such an important asset to the founding of America so as to collect valuable information about terrorism. Because the right of the nation's life--which is of larger importance than the right to justice--is in danger, the US contends, the rights of anyone connected to acts of terror must become obsolete. As a result of this theory, the government has ignored certain rights such as the right to a fair trial in certain circumstances in which respecting these rights would inhibit US progress in the war. The impacts of both WWI and the War on Terror should be reason enough to wish that all wars would become obsolete.
Both WWI and the War on Terror began with an assassination that sparked already tense environments into war; George W. Bush and Woodrow Wilson shared similar views as claimed reasons for going to war; both wars are wars of attrition. In WWI, citizens viewed the war with excitement whereas today many view it with scorn; the US went from a creditor nation in WWI to a debtor


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