The Bombing Of The United States

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Throughout the 1990’s terrorism became more and more widely used as a means for achieving political ends. By the 2000’s, bin Laden had directed various attacks against the U.S. through the al-Qaeda terror network, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa (Mulhausen). On September 11th, 2001 things would change, Bin Laden would strike on United States soil. Nineteen terrorists hijacked four separate planes and crashed them into World Trade Center one and two and into the Pentagon while a fourth plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. These attacks left roughly 3000 people dead. Americans immediate response was to invade Afghanistan but the attack had changed the nature of American foreign policy. Eighteen months after the attacks, President Bush and the United States invaded Iraq. And since that day, the United States has been involved in rebuilding both nations. A large part of the reasoning given for the invasion of Iraq was the threat that Saddam Hussein posed in terms of his ability to acquire nuclear and/or chemical weapons. As you said in discussion, the threat of a terrorist organization acquiring nuclear capabilities is one of the things that make terrorism so scary. (Beaulieu) According to your Chapter 28 PowerPoint, since 2000, very few Americans have been killed by terrorist, even counting 9/11 U.S. terrorism deaths are just over 3400 (Beaulieu). Personally, I think terrorism is so scary because

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