War on terrorism is a common practice performed by both the former intelligence of the United States and the current security practitioners in the same country. The ability to look at the threat in many perspectives is however not absent between the two bodies. While in efforts of ending terrorism, countries like the United States have found themselves on the wrong footing while human rights are being infringed. Many approaches applied in fighting terrorism have been found to conflict with the rights of humans. The efficacy of the federal government on such matters where the rights of human beings have been trampled upon can never be justified despite the outcome of the process.
Human life cannot be gambled with. This essay seeks to state and proof that war on terror has contributed to the growing abuse of human rights. A country like the United States has been waging wars with no front lines in various nations around the universe. In its efforts, many soldiers in the United States army have been killed along with other civilians. All these efforts have not yielded a significant victory over any big group linked to terrorism. As a result, many people have continued to lose their lives in what apparently may be termed as unimportant war engagements. The rights of human beings and more especially for the soldiers taken in for war have been abused by and large.
This war on terror is only pondering over the lives of the vulnerable (Elliott 29-45). The people of the land are being made captives of a cruel procedure and process that they cannot challenge. Friends and families have lost their loved ones to the ravages of war. Sinking a lot of money and people’s lives to defend a cause that has never materialized for about seven years now is a deprivation of human rights of the highest order. It becomes difficult to show meaning to the people who made a commitment to the process because apparently they gave up their lives for a lost cause.
Who is to blame? Is the campaign worth the effort? These are some of the questions whose answers are expected to bringing meaning to the families who have continued to offer their strength to the fighters of the war. They need to be told that their endeavors are not in vain and that their sacrifice will not be regarded a waste. A study conducted by Anup Shah proves that while America could be on the verge of winning terrorism war, the absence of human rights as ignored by the federal government are costing them a lot. This is where they have lost it all. The United States is cultivating bad blood in the Middle East, grounded in the violation of human rights.
Such human rights as explained above are evident in Afghanistan and Iraq by the United States and the forces of coalition. For instance, the incident involving the prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison and the American Soldiers 2004 in Iraq was a big abuse of the human rights. The Amnesty International in 2003 charged the war on terrorism by stating that it has made the world more unsafe through curtailing the rights of human beings, while looking down upon the rule of the international law and covering governments from possible scrutiny. War on terror has thus brought more harm than benefits as far as human rights are concerned (Wittebols 253-266).
In conclusion, war on terrorism has created divisions amongst people from different origins and faiths and sowing more conflict. Socio-economic factors cutting across the rights of human beings have been ignored. The efforts of which have led to a worse situation and a point where the lives of human beings are gambled with. Many studies have focused on the accomplishments on the war on terror but very little has been reported based on the humanitarian endeavors to safeguard all. Simply, human rights are no longer of interest.