Essay Solution To Terrorism In The Philippines

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A Solution to Terrorism in the Philippines Imagine waking up on a beautiful day, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and the children are laughing. Then, suddenly the worst possible thing happens - people are running and screaming, bullets are raining, fires are spreading, explosions are heard and buildings are crumbling as men in masks lay havoc on the citizens and their properties; a terrorist attack. Terrorism is not directed towards personal gain or criminality. It occurs when a group, involved with the government or not, is intent on changing or implementing a set of ideological objectives. Often ignoring domestic and international laws and relying on the threat and use of violence for success (O’Sullivan, 1986, pp.1-5). If the government is able to serve its people well, then there is no need to think of the possibility of a civil war. But the existence of citizens - terrorists, who attempt to invalidate the law and jeopardize the government’s authority is a sign of an impending a war not just against the government but all the people who support it. Faced with the dilemma of giving in to the terrorists demands to stave off threats to lives and properties, the government must choose to concede or resist their…show more content…
But, the people could not help but feel wary towards a government plagued with deceit and corruption. Disillusioned to bring about immediate change, they are easily lured to using terroristic acts. Other factors that contribute to the current “Age of Terrorism” are the clash of ideologies, rise of ethnic, linguistic racial, religious and national consciousness of groups (Morgenthau, 1977). These resulted to the formation of terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the National People’s Army (NPA) (“The Philippines and Terrorism,
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