A couple of days ago, I was standing in a crowded subway carriage in downtown New York with a couple of other WPI fellows, when a man standing on the corner by the doors, caught our attention. He looked around age 20 and wore loose-fitting military fatigues and dreadlocks draped in a large turban. In one hand, he held a firecracker. In the other hand, he had a cell phone that he appeared to be using to film other passengers. His bizarre behavior made us increasingly uneasy.
Just like that, it has been 15 years since two airplanes were used as missiles by terrorists to hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, in the heart of New York. Last Sunday, September 11th, was a day of grief and remembering in New York.
The change in the debate about foreign policy in Presidential campaigns in the U.S. represented by the proposals of G.O.P.’s candidate, Donald J. Trump, is the main point of an interview with Dr. Renee Buhr, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of St. Thomas. The interview was published on Monday by O Estado de S.Paulo.
Since the beginning of his campaign to be the G.O.P.’s candidate in the Presidential election, Donald J. Trump has already suggested to build a wall along the border to Mexico, to increase imports tax, stated that he would fight ISIS and that the U.S. should not defend its N.A.T.O. allies in case of an attack. In the view of Dr. Renee Buhr, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of St. Thomas, Trump’s proposals represent a change in the debate about foreign policy in Presidential campaigns.
There are events that change the world in a profound way that the question that one often gets asked in social conversations is :what were you doing, where were you when it happened?
Well, on the evening of September 11, 2001, I had just come home from a soccer game with my friends and I happened to switch on our TV set for the 7 pm evening news.
But rather than our local diet of local news, the state broadcaster was relaying to us news of catastrophic attacks in far away New York that had spectacularly brought down the highest buildings in the world.
The entire world is in panic. For the first time in dozens of years — actually for the first time in many generations — the cause isn't a war, a stock market crash or a natural disaster. The problem has a new, scary name: the migration crisis.
The United States is accused of being the policeman of the world, but since no other nation has the appetite or power to resolve global conflicts, Washington has to step up to the plate. Rep Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, said he fully backs President Barack Obama on whatever action is needed to punish the Syrian regime after it used chemical weapons against its own people. “It’s not a sure thing, but if we get this through Congress, it will be three days of Tomahawk strikes on certain arsenals and instruments that the regime used to deliver the gas.