Attack on the Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut

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Attack on the Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut Section I On October 23, 1983, a massive explosion from a 19-ton truck full of explosives attacked military barracks and killed 241 servicemen (including 220 U.S. Marines) in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast was the biggest known non-nuclear explosion since World War II and was the "bloodiest day since Iowa Jima," according to Rick Hampson writing in USA Today. The Marines had been sent to Lebanon as peace-keepers, trying to bring some peace to a civil war that was ongoing in Lebanon. Military observers subsequent to that horrific event have suggested that this terrorist assault was the beginning of the reign of terror that radical Islamic would continue to perpetrate on Americans through the next twenty years. Hampson explains that the bloody attack on American servicemen was "…a seminal moment on a timeline that led to the 9/11 attacks, to the war the U.S. waged in Afghanistan" (Hampson, 2008). Moreover, Hampson notes that this attack drove the U.S. out of Lebanon but more than that, if led people like Osama bin Laden to "…conclude that when America gets its nose bloodied, it pulls back" (Hampson, p. 1). Previous to this attack the Cold War era was a time when the greatest enemy of the U.S. was Soviet communism; but following the attack, there were new and extremely dangerous enemies such as al Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and Iran, Hampson continues. This paper reviews the reasons for the U.S. presence in Beirut, the

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