Why Do Terrorists Target?

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Great post Marcia, the ground transportation system does have many vulnerable opportunities that terrorist can target. It is interesting to see that they choose to go after aviation targets time and time again, when they could disrupt the economy much easier with soft targets. April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed killing 168 people. “There seems little question that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers, picked April 19 purposefully, in part as an act of revenge for the events in Waco.” (Linenthal, 2016, p.6). On April 19, 1993, the FBI raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, resulting in eighty deaths. On April 19, 1992, federal agents took control of Ruby Ridge, Idaho, resulting in the death of white supremacist Randy Weaver. McVeigh’s attack caught Americans by surprise, that another American could be capable of such devastation.…show more content…
Investigators believe the Paris attacks were planned in Belgium, suicide bombers trained in Syria and became terrorist’ in liaison with ISIS. “The Paris and Brussels plotters appear to have shared a bomb maker, Najim Laachraoui, 24, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, who is widely reported as having been one of the suicide bombers at the Brussels Airport.” (Rubin, 2016). This compounds the fear factor from the Paris attacks, that the suicide bombers were part of a wider trend of fighters from Syria and Iraq. The people of Brussel were also caught by surprise, much like the incident with the Oklahoma City bombing. The network was composed of people who knew each other for
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