Dear, President Obama.
Hello, I’m Soojin Sim. I’m a college student from South Korea, majoring in International Studies and having a great interest in peace study. Furthermore, I am now studying at UC Davis as an exchange student and taking American Study class to learn about America much more deeply. Also, this would be the second time discussing about security of the world since I’ve met you before when you visited my university to address a speech about the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the world peace. I was totally impressed by your speech that concerns about security of the world.
Firstly, I am greatly honored to have an opportunity to write you a letter. I’m writing this letter to present my personal thought and opinion about war on terrorism. Also, I want to talk about my perspective about what should the U.S. government take action about it and what the U.S.’s role should be, and want to discuss about the way to gain the world peace.
To begin with, as a citizen of South Korea, where the war is not ended yet, and always having fear about the war and the terror from the North, and as a person who lives in the U.S. now, I want to express my sorrow for the loss of Boston last month. I’m sorry for the innocent casualties, and feeling strong hostility toward the terrorists, too.
Our world seems to be stabilizing in terms of sporadic conflict that had been spurring in the early 21st century, but still there are extremists who commit terrorist acts upon the innocent people, bringing fear and disharmony in our society as one can see from the incident of Boston. Likewise, the world is now threatened by numerous terrorist groups and is now facing the situation of war on terrorism, happened in 21st century, again.
In the 21st century, when the 9.11 terror occurred, a bunch of innocent people died and injured, and this put the whole world into confusion and a threat of the terrorists. Then the President George W. Bush invaded Middle East under the name of war on terrorism. He assumed that the Middle East would possess weapons of mass destruction and invaded them under the name of spreading liberty and democracy. However, the possession of weapons of destruction came out to be false information, but the fact that the President Bush attempted to get the full access to the Middle East oil was came out to be true. Therefore, the war on terror was a justification of access of resources from other countries and it inversely amplified the fear of vindictive terrors. This deprived of the U.S’s role as the world police. Also, war on terror made much more countries to be enemy with the U.S. and made them to be more alert and watchful against the United States. In personal opinion, I think this caused the deteriorate incidents such as Boston terror by making more enemies against the United States.
Therefore, from now on, the U.S. should regain its role as the world police and keep the world into peace. You should not think about the profit of invading other countries and reject thoughtless and reckless attacks on terrorists group. As you, president, are pursuing multilateralism, you should cooperate with other countries in order to deter the further terrorisms, and try to press anti-American terrorist attacks by peaceful way such as persuading or communicating rather than just indiscreetly invading them. And in some cases, flexibly, you can also using unilateralism, and need to be tough with the world threat. However, it doesn’t mean that you should attack them or invade them under the name of war on terror, but it means that you need to be tough and strong about the world threat group by isolating from the world society or imposing great taxation upon them.
I wish for the advent of the world without invasions and terrors. I wish for the world without desire of expansion of their power and greed to deprive resources of other countries. Then, I strongly believe that America, the country of the world police, can lead the world into peace.