Terrorism at home


Michael Nguyen, Staff Writer

Terrorist attacks in the world have become more frequent throughout the years which included mass shootings of innocent civilians.

The definition of a terrorist attack is a “unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Countries such as the United States, France, and Britain have all been victim to these atrocities occurring in their mainland.

The Paris bombing in France, Boston marathon bombing, and the Chattanooga shooting, were all terrorist attacks orchestrated by terrorists who had the intent of committing mass murder.

These acts can be attributed to the rise of violence in the world because of war such as the current war being fought against ISIS in the Middle East.

Worldwide, countries are experiencing an increase in terrorist attacks leading to the death of many citizens. That is why there is a global effort by countries such as Britain and the U.S. to defeat ISIL so that crimes like the Colorado Springs shooting or the Oklahoma City bombing never happen.

In the United States, terrorist attacks began all the way from September 9, 2001 when the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York was destroyed by a Boeing 767-223ER plane. Since then, these incidents have become more frequent with nine additional events happening over a span of fifteen years.

The number of deaths due to violent jihadist attacks have amounted to 45 people and there has also been 48 non jihadist attacks. These events would include: the 2002 Los Angeles Airport Shooting, 2006 Seattle Jewish Federation Shooting, 2009 Fort Hood Shooting, 2009 Little Rock Shooting, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, and many more.

There was a larger gap of time between the shootings occurring from the early 2000’s but towards the 2010’s, attacks have become more frequent due to increased U.S participation in the Middle East, some speculate.

The state of California is one of the many states that have experienced a terrorist attack and this was exemplified in the San Bernardino Shooting and the attempt by Ontario citizen Ralph Deleon to join the Taliban.

The San Bernardino Shooting was an event which occurred on December 2, 2015 where Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook arrived at the Inland Regional Center leading to the mass shooting of 36. Only 24 miles from San Bernardino, the surrounding cities were notified of the shooting’s proximity leading to many lockdowns to ensure safety. This was the second terrorist attack in California since 2002 where two men were killed at the LAX airport.

The proximity of terrorism was encountered in November 2012 when Ralph Deleon of Ontario attempted to flee to Mexico City before he was stopped by the FBI and arrested for an alleged terror plot.

Ralph Deleon had been persuaded by a Air Force veteran, Sohiel Kabir, to join him in Afghanistan where he would, “provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel as well as government personnel.”

FBI agents had been tracking the conversations that the two men were discussing which led to the pursuing of the day where Deleon would travel to Mexico by land and fly into the Middle East. Along with Kabir, Deleon and two other men were charged for terrorist allegations.

The events that have transpired in recent years illustrate the precautions that countries must take to avoid these catastrophes from ever happening. People may think that they are safe from the dangers of the world, but the event in Ontario proved this wrong.