A growing threat of extremism and terrorism is being experienced by the entire nations of the world. In one way or another no particular country nowadays seem to be safe in the terrorists’ hands. For instance, a country like Pakistan has been mostly affected by the ever increasing terrorism that has basically crippled its economy (Mahncke, 2006). All world’s civilized countries are deeply concerned by this menace and lots of efforts are being put in place to aid eliminate it. However, despite the efforts, many people are still being rendered victims because of terrorism.

There is therefore a need to identify the root causes of this ever growing menace so that effective mechanisms can be put in place in order to save the next generation and the world as a whole from being victims of this growing threat. The main causes of terrorism therefore include corruption, poverty, and lack of education, injustice and unemployment (Guild & Baldaccini, 2007). The entire nations of the world should therefore direct their efforts at addressing the above cause of terrorism. The following solutions are the most effective ways of controlling and preventing terrorism.

Alleviating poverty

All countries should direct their effort at alleviating poverty because it seems to be the main cause of terrorism. This menace is basically triggered by the lack of resources by the people to make ends meet. Strong and effective efforts are therefore required to reduce poverty because it is the thing that actually forces good citizens to join terrorism. Terrorists are used by masterminds to carry out heinous crimes and persuade them to engage in suicidal attacks. They motivate them to going to heaven by killing innocent people. In addition, they easily convince young and teenage boys to execute their nefarious designs because teenagers are not aware of the consequences (Guild & Baldaccini, 2007). The reduction of poverty therefore has a huge impact on the reduction and prevention of terrorism level because many people will not be able to fall into the hands of terrorists.

Reduction of unemployment

Another main cause that helps increase terrorism is unemployment. Unemployed people lack opportunities to get jobs to support their families; this finally makes them pawns in the terrorists’ hands (Das & Kratcoski, 2003). These people are then promised huge sums of money and guaranteed family support in case they kill people as demanded by the terrorists. Creating employment opportunities therefore provides these people with gainful activities thus preventing them from tilting towards these negative activities since they remain busy in their jobs (Mahncke, 2006).

Ending injustice

A lot of injustices almost exist everywhere particularly in the third world countries. Lack of speedy justice in the system basically supports the growing terrorism because people take laws in their own hands. This is coupled with the people’s loss of trust in police and judicial system. The existence of much injustice almost everywhere widens the gap between the rich and the poor and this has caused people to shift to terrorism because they need food, shelter and clothing for their families, a demand which is easily assured by terrorist masterminds (United Nations, 2008). Injustice should therefore be ended in the society so that terrorism can be controlled and prevented.

Provision of education

Many young generations are forced to join anti-social groups due to lack of educations. There is therefore a dire need to provide people with opportunities to educate their children. Providing free educations or at a reduced and subsidized costs, reduces the trend of people tilting towards extremism and terrorism and this controls and prevents this threat both currently and in future (Das & Kratcoski, 2003).

Fighting corruption

Corruption supplements the hardships of the people particularly in the third world countries. People’s legal work does not get done without offering bribery. This leads to rebellion which increases the trend of tilting towards extremism and terrorism. Further, political leaders have no concern for the terrorism and economic problems since they are busy acquiring wealth using unfair means. Corruption should therefore be fought in the society so that terrorism can be controlled and prevented (Mahncke, 2006).

In summation, all the nations of the world should aim at alleviating poverty, fighting corruption, providing education, reducing unemployment and ending injustice in a bid to control and prevent extremism and terrorism.


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United Nations. (2008). International instruments related to the prevention and suppression of international terrorism. New York: United Nations.