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Just recently a deadly attack was stage at the Istanbul airport, the main airport in the capital of Turkey. This brought to the forefront a few difficult questions with respect to airport security. Is heightened security actually deterring terrorism or just making it difficult for passengers while not deterring terrorists? Fact is, at the Ataturk airport, all passengers are screened through metal detectors and all bags are scanned.

In contrast, when a passenger enters an American airport they are not immediately screened. According to the officials, the attackers were at first turned away from the airport due to the security screening. Then they came back with long-range rifles in suitcases. Panic ensued at the terminal allowing two of the many attackers entry into the airport! While one managed to set off explosives on his body the other did one worse by detonating on a departure floor a level up. The final third attacker actually blew up inside a terminal as people fled for safety. All this begs the question to just how much airport security does help deter terrorism.

According to Dave, The fact remains that trying to protect against mass causality is a dialing task. Those with malicious intents have several targets they can get at. A terrorist who is deterred will go somewhere else. It is really that simple.

When the Ataturk airport reopened, there were several more security measures such as cars being screened and more security personnel visible at all times. However, the security measures put in place at the Ataturk airport prior to this incident was governed by the incident that occurred at Brussels Airport in March where there was no security check right on the terminal entrance. This allowed the terrorists access to the building following which they blew themselves up. Ever since that incident, airports have began checking IDs of passengers and their boarding passes right at the entrance but that did not stop the Turkey incident.

Hence, the question remains – are more security measures in airports really preventing terrorist attacks?


militarization

This happens to be amongst the most pressing issues of the day, and one that has caught unprecedented global attention. The crux of the issue here is that the stationing of NATO troops and the militarization (or rather re-militarization) of Europe might not seem like a very big deal initially, but will end up having far-reaching consequences.

The slow and steady, yet highly strategic NATO encirclement will prove to be threat to world peace in the long run. Also, if Right Wing Fascists win elections and referendums in some of the most powerful countries of the world, a time will definitely be foreseen in the future when this will lead to a deadly global conflict. According to Tom, The world has been witness to the fact that before both the world wars, there was gradual but steady mobilization of armies, and nationalism propagandas, with the rise of fascists in various countries of Europe. Back then the United States was definitely not powerful as it was today, and the kind of nuclear technology that missile scientists have come up today, can transform the entire humanity into ashes with the press of a trigger.

Related Economic Crisis and the European Union

When the European Union was conceptualized in 2002 (from its rudimentary form- the European Monetary Union of Eurozone with 28 members states that adopted the Euro as their sole common currency) most nations adopted the Euro right away, but others kept using their national currency, and stating a definitive time period within which they would successfully make the complete transition from the same to Euro.

In recent times, a longstanding recession has hit most European Economies, and the very fabric of establishment of the European Union is being questioned now. Small businesses across the EU are in turmoil and many storage facilities are sitting full of abandoned stock which cannot be sold.  The situation is very tense ad volatile, especially with the exit of Britain. While the European Union as imposed the worst, fastest and most painful ways to make Britain go through a hasty exit, there is no doubt about the fact that other countries in the union are also contemplating the same. The prime reason for this is the devastating economic recession, and the best example one can quote here, is that of the insolvency of Greece. The fact that the country has not been able to pay its staggering loans back, has been of massive concern. If this gets coupled up with increase in the NATO-led militarization, this will lead to the annihilation of the peace, progress and well-being of Europe.


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