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Essay on Osama Bin Laden’s Claimed Motivations for 9/11 are False

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Osama Bin Laden’s Claimed Motivations for 9/11 are False

Where did the animosity which lead to the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 originate? It is obvious at this point in time that the leader of the al Qaeda network, Osama bin Laden, was the mastermind behind the attacks, but the reasons why the attacks occurred and the fact that a small majority of people can support such acts remains very unclear. Osama bin Laden stated in his February 1998 Fatwah, “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies- civilians and military- is an individual duty for every Muslim.” When examining the three direct reasons given by Osama bin Laden to kill Americans his reasoning based on factual evidence veers far from the truth and his
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Even Osama bin Laden recognized the potential dangers that Saddam Hussein could arise in the region. Peter Bergen quoted Osama bin Laden saying “ A year before Hussein entered Kuwait” he recalled “I said many times in my speeches at mosques warning that Saddam will enter the Gulf. No one believed me.”

In Osama bin Laden’s second fact he refers to the United States as wanting to create havoc in the Middle East even after the end of the Gulf War although they claim to be against this. He also believes that the only purpose for the fighting in the first place was to create devastation. As previously mentioned he recognized Saddam Hussein as a threat thus he must recognize the importance of limiting his global power.

In Osama Bin Laden’s third fact he refers to the United States as wanting to fragment the Middle East states to cover up the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and the murders of Muslims there. He states in his 1998 Fatwah, “The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel’s survival”. The United States only wanted to limit the
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