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Waging War on Daily Terrors: The Use of Development Assistance to Counter Violent Extremism and Combat Terrorism

Conflict Resolution
Lewis Rasmussen

On 20 September 2001, President George W. Bush addressed the U.S. Con- gress and the nation, emphatically declaring that “enemies of freedom commit- ted an act of war” against the nation. He condemned Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, professing that this war was not “just America’s fight,” nor was it just about Americans’ freedom, but rather it was “the world’s fight....civilization’s fight.” He urged listeners to live by and fight for American values and principles. However, the president warned the nation and the world that this war would be long, drawn-out, and very different than all others the United States had fought. 

Lewis Rasmussen serves as a Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development in Tetra Tech’s International Development Services division. The views, opinions, and positions in this article are his alone and do not in any way represent those of Tetra Tech, the U.S. Agency for International Development or any employee thereof, or any part of the United States government.