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terrorism. What were the motives of the terrorists that carried out the 9/11 attacks on the USA?

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Terrorism Coursework What were the motives of the terrorists that carried out the 9/11 attacks on the USA? September 11th 2001 was a "series of unfortunate events" for the USA, as planes-turned- missiles attacked the World Trade Centre towers and another attempted attack on the Pentagon, the attack resulted in 3000 people dying (initial fears of 6000). The attack was carried out by an Arab terrorist organisation called Al Qaeda, lead by Osama Bin Laden. AL Qaeda (Arabic meaning, The Base) had many motives for attacking the US, one of them to do with the US having military bases in "The Holy Places", the US have military bases in the Middle East because they rely on oil as part of their economy and that is where the US get their oil from, this was one of the major factors affecting the Gulf war. As Iraq had occupied Kuwait the USA were in fear that their oil supplies would be cut off so in conclusion they decided to encourage the Arabs to rebel against the Turks. "I tell the American people: God willing, we will continue to fight you, we will continue the martyrdom operations inside and outside the USA, until you end your injustice, abandon your stupidity and curb your insolent fellows." (Osama Bin Laden October 18th 2003) Osama Bin Laden is saying that he and the Al Qaeda will continue fighting for their country and the "Martyrdom" he is referring to could be interpreted into the suicide bombers dying in the name of Allah. ...read more.


Diminish the underlying conditions that terrorists seek to exploit. By saying this the President means to partner up with the "International Community" to prevent the emergence of terrorism Defend US citizens and interests at home and abroad Counter terrorism methods are techniques and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and other groups do in order to prevent or stop specific terrorist attacks. In a joint congress on September 20th 2001, President Bush quoted methods on how he will try to prevent terrorism, "We will direct every resource at our command - every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war- to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network ... and we will pursue nations that provide aid or safety to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with is, or you are with the terrorists... He will lead, oversee, and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism, and respond to any attacks that may come... These measures are essential. But the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows." (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html) The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the 'Patriot' act, is an Act of Congress that United States President George W. Bush signed into law on October 26, 2001. ...read more.


Overall I do not think that the war on terror is going to succeed; there are many reasons for my belief such as America sending troops into Iraq, supposedly to "Give birth to a new Democracy" but in my opinion it is only an excuse for his real motive and it is oil. America could always withdraw their military bases from Iraq and send their troops back to the US but then there oil supply may be cut off and oil is a major factor of their large economy, once America have gone down in the economy they won't be as powerful. So it is very unlikely that they will ever get out of the Middle East, this corresponds with Al Qaeda's motives as Osama Bin Laden wants the US military to leave the Middle East but if America will not leave the Al Qaeda will cause more deaths with more attacks. The Al Qaeda will not stop to get what they want and neither will the USA, so the war on terror will be an on going war, killing millions of people in the process, President Bush even admitted himself that the war on terror will not end, "The war on terror is a task that does not end". Many innocent people's lives are being taken in the process of "Giving birth to a new Democracy" and many more terrorist groups are forming. ...read more.

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