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Episode Four - "Confronting Terrorism: Turning the Tide"
Global terrorism and the potential use of devastating weapons of mass destruction confront the world with
a clear and present danger of immense proportions.
In "Confronting Terrorism: Turning the Tide,"
the fourth and final episode of "Avoiding Armageddon," the focus is on what can be done to reduce terrorism's deadly grip.

This episode shows that globalization is about much more than commerce. Once, nations could fail quietly, with the impact limited to the people who lived there. Today a nation without governance is a vacuum for opportunistic terrorism.

"Confronting Terrorism: Turning the Tide" looks at a broad array of measures needed to create global security. In this new world order any condition or event - whether economic, political or health-related - that destabilizes a nation can influence world events.

A focus on homeland security in the U.S. looks at the "new normal" with a visit to San Francisco. Viewers see round-the-clock efforts to protect icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, where thousands of tons of cargo arrive daily, putting enormous pressure on homeland security. On a more personal level, viewers meet a family whose lives have been changed by their response to the terrorist threat.

Securing our homeland also means focusing on nations that harbor terrorists. Afghanistan is a case study in what happens when a nation fails and the program asks whether a failed country can be rebuilt. Afghanistan imploded as civil war and Cold War collided on its inhospitable terrain. When the conflict finally ended, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban came in to fill the vacuum. The Taliban have been driven out, but what happens now?

The program travels with Afghan refugees returning to rebuild villages and visits women opening schools and businesses. Viewers meet 12-year-old Omeed, who is forced to forego school in order to help support his family. Will the people rebuilding Afghanistan get the support they need or will their country again fall victim to worldwide indifference?

The African continent is experiencing destabilizing conditions of crisis proportions. AIDS is ravaging much of its government and military elite. We take viewers to Uganda, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to reverse its rate of HIV-AIDS infection. Perhaps states need not fail.

In concluding the eight-hour "Avoiding Armageddon" series, we pose questions that are relevant to the safety and future of those around the world. What role should the United States play? Does the concept of a global "Marshall Plan" make any sense at all? Does the world have the ability and the will to rescue failing nations that could become hotbeds for terrorism? What can the average citizen do?

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