France, Russia, and the US — these are the countries which are much more capable than any other nation to change the course of global history. The Great French Revolution, Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, and the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War went down in history as major events that have influenced the course of history. Let's try to consider these events more carefully and look at them through the prism of the terrorism problem.


Freedom and colonialism


In 1789 the Great French Revolution took place. It has changed the whole of Europe, and eventually the rest of the world. Until that time, France was an absolute monarchy, like many other European countries. The struggle for supremacy between the royal system and church order seemed to be endless. The revolutionary movement shook the system deeply and put an end to their unconditional domination. The absolute monarchy was attempted to be replaced by a republican regime.


On the one hand, it led to a wave of freedom and democracy spreading across, not only Europe, but all the parts of the world. On the other hand, the deviations from the progressive trends were happening over and over again. Different political systems represented by Kingdom, Empire, or Constitutional Monarchy got into the game. Monarchs (even if symbolical) still exist in many European countries. In other words, they have freedom and democracy with no Republican government. And one can't ignore this fact.

People carry a banner against the bombing attacks in Ankara on Oct. 10, during a protest in Izmir, Turkey
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Degree of American Imperialism

The political systems and governments based on freedom, republic values, and democracy, whose influence is increasingly growing across Europe and the world today, could not enter the historic scene and subsequently achieve such success all over the world without the Great French Revolution of 1789. Meanwhile, it should not be forgotten, that together with such relatively favorable achievements like freedom, republic state, and democracy (with its spiritual soil still remaining dry and barren), shameful systems like colonialism, fascism, communism, and capitalism equally appeared. 


In other words, after the French Revolution (and during it) on the one hand, the world witnessed a flourishing movement aimed at the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms; and on the other hand, the world watched the colonial, capitalist approach gaining strength. The development of these diametrically opposed trends is still continuing nowadays.


Hot and cold wars


During the most fierce battles of the First World War, another crucial event, which the mankind faced for the first time in its history, happened in the Tsarist Russia — the Bolshevik revolution. The revolution was wrought by a frightful group of people, who propagated the communist and socialist ideas, and very quickly set up Russia for the supremacy of the communist regime.


When Russia became communist, the human race was faced with a new daunting threat. Most Eastern European countries, and later China, the Far East, and finally the majority of Muslim countries including Turkey, were affected by the opposing and hostile to Islam communist regime. Apart from new alliances and conflicts between the states, the communist influence promoted a growing polarization and even bloodshed in some countries.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, looks at President Barack Obama as the president speaks to the media after receiving an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State
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Ashton Carter Opening Taps of Cold and Hot Wars

The Red Army, which was created by the Soviet Communism, has become a serious threat for both — the region itself and the neighboring and remote countries all over the world. In the face of the Red threat, which was used in the bloody occupations in many parts of the globe, the free world had to unite and establish NATO as a defensive alliance. The Second World War, which killed about 80 to 90 million people, was over in 1945. And the US atomic bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki turned out to be the final point in this war.


The era of hot wars was finished at the same time as the end of the last world war. All around the world, hot wars were gradually replaced by the cold war tactics. By the 1990s, the communist bloc with its center in Russia started to crumble and decay. The world witnessed the rise  of new powerful  states.


Strong anti-terror alliance


The core participants of these events changed the course of world history where France, Russia, and the United States, still occupy a strategic place in current world affairs. Nowadays, these three states are forced to unite and act jointly against terrorist organizations, which are threatening their countries and the whole world.


Perhaps, until now they have directly or indirectly supported many terrorist organizations, truly believing that if the center and the field of operation is far away, they won't be affected by the terrorist threat in any bit. But they were wrong. There is no difference between "far" and "near" for the terrorists now. Every person and every country are in the same danger. Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad, Cairo, Ankara, Paris, Moscow, London, New York, Tokyo — it doesn't matter now.


Under new conditions, these major players were forced, and probably even doomed to seriously take on the fight against terrorism and jointly take measures to eliminate this threat. Apparently, the latest atrocities of terrorist organizations, which continuously plan their attacks, has resulted in the request of all mankind for a new fight with a promise of a greater future.