THE WORLD’S MOST WANTED MAN

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.

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TERROR, VIOLENCE, And The MEDIA

There are numerous definitions of Terrorism. In 1989, the United States instituted a definition which states that terrorism is premeditated, politically or religious motivated violence that is perpetrated against non combatant targets by sub national groups or Clandestine groups. After 9/11, it was added that a major characteristic of terrorism is the aim or ability to intimidate a population.

Early Terrorism included the Gun Powder Plot, which was an attempt to destroy English Parliament in 1605 and the Boston Tea Party, which was an attack on British property by the Sons of Liberty in 1773. Terrorism escalated with the invention of more affordable explosives including dynamite.

A very early form of Terrorism in the United States was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) who used such ideas as white supremacy, anti-semitism, racism, anti-Catholicism, and nativism. In Europe the IRA (Irish Republican Army) used bombings and assassinations to try to free Egypt from British control. The first major terrorism act was the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem killing 96 people and wounding 46.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Islamic militancy in pursuit of religious and political goals increased. In 1985, Air India Flight 182 was blown up killing 329 people, mostly of Indian descent. This was the beginning of terrorism through the air. On April 19th, 1995 the Oklahoma City Bombing was directed at the US government by Timothy McVeigh that killed 168 and wounded 800 people. During his trial, McVeigh cited revenge against the US government for his motivation.

Hezbollah, a Middle East group bombed the Beruit Barracks which killed more than 200 US Marines. The Muslim Brotherhood was formed and led by Abdel-Rahman who was responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In 1988, Al Qaeda (Islamic Jihadist movement) was created by Osama Bin Laden.

Al Qaeda has been responsible for many terror attacks including the dual simultaneous bombing of two US embassies in Africa, which killed 224 people. In 2000, the USS Cole was bombed killing 17 US sailors. And in the most heinous act of terrorism ever committed, on the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Hijackers affiliated with Al Qaeda hijacked four US commercial passenger jet airliners crashing two into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one that was taken down by the passengers that may have been heading to another US city. In all, 2,973 people perished in those attacks, the worst terrorist attack to date.

Of course, on this past Monday two Russian immigrants set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon, which killed 3 people and wounded 176. The perpetrators went on a rampage after US security leaked pictures out to the public showing who was responsible. The older brother was killed in a Gun Battle after killing a police officer and the younger brother was taken alive and still remains in critical condition.

So this brings us to the major debate regarding terrorism. Since 9/11 the Patriot Act has made it easier to prosecute and charge groups with terrorism. However, what most people in the US do not understand us that not all terrorists are these Muslim Groups. In fact, today there are so many groups and subgroups of terrorists. Also, there are many homegrown terrorists that work alone. Remember the Beltway Sniper…now him and a not killed over ten people in a one month period of terror before they were caught.

Terrorism is a very real aspect of society today. But what really separates terrorism from just normal violence. Terrorism is violence. Violence is terrorism. When the Boston bombings occurred, everyone in America assumed that this had to be an Al Qaeda attack. Of course, the 24/7 media coverage does not help. I mean, the stories kept changing. Well, the perpetrators happen to be Chechnyan Immigrants that had been living in the US. Only time will tell if they were funded or affiliated by radical groups. It really does not matter…the people that are dead are not coming back. No matter what information is found, these families, town and community was devastated.

In my opinion, the media actually propels American thinking and makes people assume the worst. As evidenced by this weeks events, the 24/7 coverage of the bombings and fallout was in excess. Some of the video and audio was disturbing. And what’s worse is that now the Right Wing Gun Movement is stating that the lockdown in Boston is just another example of why guns should not be banned. Even worse, anti-police blogs were arguing that the Government should not have searched all the homes that they did. C’MON…are you kidding me. People need to have respect for all of the people including first responders that were affected by this terror attack. Wether these bombings are labeled “Terrorism” or not is not important. What is important is that we learn from each type of violent incident that occurs in our nation. The Media needs to use more caution while covering these issues as well. More to Come.

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