September 11, 2001, otherwise known as 9/11 was the largest catastrophe in American History. Pearl Harbor was a horrible tragedy. But let’s face it, Hawaii doesn’t come close to New York City and Washington. 9/11 was a monumental moment in the war on terrorism. Terrorists had done many attacks before using many different methods, but this was the first time that any one flew airplanes into a building as a bomb.
On February 26th, 1993, Eight Years before 9/11 a truck bomb was detonated around the World Trade Center in an attempt to bring down the Twin Towers. This attack was the precursor to Islamic Terror around the World. It was also the moment that Osama Bin Laden became Public Enemy Number One. Osama Bin Laden had been on the United States radar, however this attack on our soil raised the level to extreme.
Osama Bin Laden had been involved in the War in Afghanistan against Russia. Our own CIA funded the Islamic Jihadists and helped them defeat Russia, who pulled its troops out in 1989. After the Gulf War, Bin Laden became enraged and was set on a mission to bring Global Terrorism to life.
In April 1993, the incident known as “Black Hawk Down”, a few American Helicopters were shot down in Africa. The people that carried out this mission were funded and trained by Al Qaeda. Eighteen Americans and thousands of African civilians were killed.
After this incident, President Clinton pulled our troops out of Somalia and Africa. By doing this, the United States showed that they were scared and that Al Qaeda could use their threats to beat superpowers, just as they had with Russia. At this point, the United States became more aware of Bin Laden and his reign of terror. In 1996, Osama Bin Laden was exiled from the Sudan and his refuge. He returned to Afghanistan and issued a decree against the United States in an interview. At this point, a declaration of war had been made.
Osama Bin Laden was like the “Master of Puppets” pulling the strings behind closed doors. He remained anonymous and hidden during this time. At this point, the US created a Counter-Terrorism Agency that was devoted to catching one person, one man, Bin Laden. Osama Bin Laden was like the “Godfather” of the Mafia. He was determined to destroy the United States until we vacated all of their Holy Lands. He also denounced America’s alliance with Israel.
During the decade from 1995-2005, Osama Bin Laden used the News and Interviews as well as all media outlets to lead his crusade. On August 7th, 1998 Al Qaeda bombs two American Embassies in which over 250 people were killed and over 4,000 were injured. This was the largest terror attack yet and Bin Laden was flexing his muscles.
This attack was another tank in Bin Laden’s armor, as Terrorism was becoming more and more prevalent. There were repeated warnings that a huge attack was coming, but somehow our Government Agencies were not able to “Blend” intelligence and the attack on 9/11 took America totally by surprise.
After 9/11, there were so many chances and close calls to catch Bin Laden, but all of these opportunities came and went. America was the Number One SuperPower and yet we failed to catch one man. The Manhunt for Bin-Laden was the largest and longest in US history.
Until he was killed in the famous raid on May 2nd, 2011, He was the World’s most wanted man. Bin Laden was extremely dangerous and relentless in his attempts to bring down the United States. The World had not saw a person of this magnitude since Adolf Hitler. Although Hitler and the Nazi regime killed many more people, him and Osama were very similar in their dedication to their cause. Of course, Hitler wanted to destroy the Jews, while Bin Laden wanted to destroy the entire United States.
After Osama Bin Laden was killed, the war in terror was not finished. Terrorism is still alive and well. So the question is…who is the World’s Most Wanted Man now? There are always dangerous people who may rise up to power and cause chaos around the World. Some people would argue that today our Government is our number one enemy. “Our own Worst Enemy.” What we have learned is that when someone had their mind set…it can take the World by surprise.