Subject: American criminology education is behind these terrorist times
Organization: The NATO Patriot- www.natoalliance.org
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 22:25:25 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 15:25:25 PDT
In the wake of September 11th, 2001 the is now a renewed, or new, more like,
interest in international crime and its control. In the universities here in
America, students are now taking all kinds of courses in terrorism and
international relations. I have seen that in Europe there is such thing as
"international criminology."American is, once again, playing catch up.
But America is always playing catch up. During my undergraduate education in
criminology at Florida State, I had an interest in International
Criminology. I also had a keen interest in NATO and Western Security
studies. However, was never offered coursework in international relations
and IR and criminology seemed far apart in American universities.
The coursework in American criminology programs reflects the American
isolationist, ethnocentric thinking, as Americans in this international age
still cannot think be on their own shores. The coursework is nothing but
American courts, American policing, American street gangs in America streets
and American racism in the American criminal justice system. Never mind that
as a Senior at FSU I was reading about "protest conversions" to Islam of
angry, young black men in American prisons - and some of the reasons and
problems it might cause.
The attacks of September 11th should make Americans and American
universities come to realize that America IS NOT some isolated world
separate from the rest of the International Community. The attacks should've
signaled that it is time - long over due - that there is a sorry need to
study these threats and bring criminology theory to the international level
in a non-ethnocentric manner too.
We may apply Sutherland's differential association and modeling theories to
not just American young people with America criminal parents living in
America, but the same theories can explain how a young person living in the
Middle East decides to be a terrorist and "kill Western infidels." And as a
policing organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has real,
ready-made possibilities to come in from the Cold War and take on the
challenges of terrorism. NATO should, as many police forces have to, adapt
itself to the "new situation on the streets" and the Organization is needed
now - more than ever during the Cold War. Lastly, the notion of
"deterrence" is understandable in both relationships between nation-states
and individuals in the victim-offender relationship.
American universities need to adapt, drop the American isolationist
mentality and help prepare students for the international challenge.
Fortunately, for me, I was interested enough while and undergrad at FSU to
study NATO the organization along side my regular coursework for my
criminology degree. I am now prepared to take this on as a graduate
student - not in criminology studying "America's crime problem" - but in IR
focusing on NATO/Western security studies. We must develop International
Criminology here in America to study the terrorist threat - and the students
must have the internationalist prospective - not American isolationist - and
think be on American shores. First, I am internationalist and an unabashed
supporter of NATO and the United Nations. I can conceder that criminal
actions to disrupt the freedom and security of NATO member states can
involve more than just America and American interests. American universities
and their criminology programs need to realize that criminal threats do not
just involve local drug gangs, but terrorist cells too!
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