Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog 3

The terrorist attack that took place in Nairobi’s Westgate killed 67 people. Somalia’s Al Qaeda affiliate, Shabaab, called the killings of the innocent shoppers as “an act of justice”.  The Shabaab reminded the people that it would attack in retaliation for the Kenyan forces being present in Somalia. Westgate is a very popular place for affluent Kenyans and foreigners to hangout at.  Among the 67 people killed, there were people from at least twelve different nations. The Shabaab views any nonbelievers as belligerents and heretics.  This attack on the Nairobi Westgate mall is just one of the latest attacks done by Islamic extremists. Of course, terrorism has always been around, but with the new global scale is pointing to new arising issues.

This article seems to be very straightforward with not much room for different interpretations. Terrorism is a global social problem because it affects everyone in today’s society no matter where you live.  It has become more than just an issue between different religions because innocent people who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time are being brutally murdered. The religious extremists who are performing these attacks feel that they are doing the right thing and have no problem using force to reinforce their ideas. The attack at the Nairobi was called “a retaliation” due to Kenyans forces being in Somalia, but Al Qaeda is known for terrorist attacks due to differences in opinions/religions.

Ashley Moore
10:48 am 

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