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International consensus to fight terrorism

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International consensus to fight terrorism
 After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the then Bush administration declared a worldwide “war on terror,” involving open and covert military operations, new security legislation, efforts to block the financing of terrorism, and more. Washington called on other states to join in the fight against terrorism asserting that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” Many governments joined this campaign, often adopting harsh new laws, lifting long-standing legal protections and stepping up domestic policing and intelligence work.
But military interventions of the US and allies in Afghanistan and Iraq brought about short period of peace and stability to the countries, and the root causes of terrorism and instability in these countries were not focused which led to reemerging of the terrorist groups. These groups are now the biggest threats to the security of not only the two countries, but also to the whole region, which the ISIS and the Taliban could be the examples.
Since terrorism seriously threatened the security of US and even that of its European allies, as the terrorists carried out many attacks and killed dozens of the people, international consensus once again established to fight the ugly phenomenon, with Afghan government revealing the fact that terrorists were being funded, equipped and provided safe sanctuaries beyond the borders, asking the international community to act against those sanctuaries rather bombing villages of Afghanistan.
US new strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan put further pressures on Pakistan with President Donald Trump saying, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”
After US president’s harsh tweet against Pakistan, the president of the UN Security Council says members are considering a visit to Afghanistan to get a better understanding of the war-torn country’s prospects and needs as well as to get the update of the situation from the ground.
“We would like to feel the situation there and work with the Afghan government on what the needs are,” said Umarov, the 15-member Security Council’s president for this month.Earlier this week, U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed ambassadors of the Security Council in New York following a series of high-profile U.S. visits to Afghanistan.
Umarov said the members of the council agree on the need for a “more comprehensive approach” that puts a stronger focus on development in Afghanistan and is not limited to increasing security.
It is firmly believed that terrorist networks practice upon harsh ideology and kill people on the grounds of their race, color and creed, both in Islamic and non-Islamic countries. Terrorism has changed into a global issue and has filled the air with a sense of fear and anxiety around the globe. Temples, churches and mosques come under terrorist attacks, in different parts of the world.
Thee worldwide campaign has too often become an excuse for governments to repress opposition groups and disregard international law and civil liberties. Governments should address terrorism through international cooperation, using international law and respecting civil liberties and human rights. The UN security council and the international community should also address the root causes, including the safe sanctuaries, state-sponsored terrorism and other reasons behind persuasion of the terrorists. International cooperation could result to establishing of peace and stability in the region and the world as a whole.