The Problem: Terrorism In The World

Terrorism, which has been around for as long as people can remember, has
been on the rise for the past ten years. Terrorists use murder, kidnapping,
hijacking, and bombings to almost always achieve a political purpose. These
radicals are not just subject to the United States, terrorism is all over the
world, in every way, shape and form.

There are many different types of terrorism, for many different purposes.
The primary reason for terrorist acts are to force a change in their nation\'s
government. If terrorists are not satisfied with there government\'s political
positions, they may end up taking the matters into there own hands. Another
reason for terrorist acts are because of hate towards a race, nationality, or
religion. For example, in 1972 the Palestine Liberation Organization invaded
Israeli dorms in the Munich Olympics, and held the Israeli athletes hostage
until Israel would agree to release Palestinian terrorists that were captured in
Israel. When Israel refused to comply with the terrorists demands, they blew up
two helicopters which held the Israeli athletes, killing the whole team. This
was one of the many cruel types of terrorism. In recent years, terrorism seems
to be at a new high and attacks are more violent than in the past.

With terrorism being so secretive and having no forewarning, it has been
a real problem to deal with. The governments of many countries have tried to
stop these cowardly acts, but they just seem to be on the rise. I have a few
ideas that might work

Since there are no fool-proof ways to predict when a terrorist will
strike next, there can really be no complete answer to this problem. Even
though there is no way to totally eliminate terrorism, my solutions may still
prove valid.

With the bombing of the World Trade Center, and the federal building in
Oklahoma, rental moving trucks have been used to hold the bomb. An idea I have
for this type of attack, would be to take a still photograph or a video tape of
the people who rent the trucks, along with there Social Security numbers. I
Would have installed in every rental truck an electronic fume detector that
could be tied into a national satellite network, to let investigators know what
kind of materials the truck is carrying. For example, if the truck was carrying
dynamite, the sensor would relay the message to the satellite that this truck is
carrying hazardous material. In turn, the dispatchers could send the message to
the Federal Bureau of Investigations who then would send the bomb squad to the
location of the truck, and arrest the individuals driving and defuse the bomb.

It seems as though terrorists choose to place the bombs in parking
garages below or inside buildings. Another idea I have for this is to screen
all vehicles entering government buildings that may be a target for an attack.
This in itself might make terrorists more leery about entering a building
carrying any type of explosive device. The use of metal detectors on people
entering government buildings along with dogs that can sniff out bombs in
vehicles can also help the situation.

One of the most lethal types of terrorist attack are hijackings on
planes. There have been a number of hijackings, which then lead to a bombing of
the plane in midair. In 1986, a Pan-American Boeing 747 airplane blew up in
midair killing all passengers aboard. One of the leading terrorist groups took
responsibility for this action. Again in the late 1980\'s a Transworld airline
flight was hijacked and made several stops before commandos rushed the plane and
killed some of the terrorists. Unfortunately, the terrorists had taken several
lives on the plane and even dumped one of the passengers that they had killed,
out of the plane onto the tarmac. One of the problems with these type of
terrorists is that, it is too easy to get a bomb into the baggage section, under
the plane. This is easy for them, because unlike carry-on luggage, the actual
luggage is not X-rayed for contraband. Some of these bombs work off of a timer
and ignite the bomb to blow up at a pre-determined time. Another type of bomb
works off of the altitude of the plane. Once the plane reaches the set altitude,
the bomb will explode. I suggest that the actual luggage should be scanned for
explosives that would be dangerous to the passengers. Since the only luggage
that is scanned at this time is the carry-on luggage, and individuals that go
through the metal detectors.