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Why Al Qaeda Attacked Us Essay

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Why al Qaeda attacked us Steve Elsey March 9, 2011 POLS 3100

The attacks on September 11, 2001 were one of the most shocking things to happen on U.S. soil. The attacks are regarded as the most deadly terrorist attack to ever happen on American soil. It is one of the events that will happen in your life where you remember exactly where you were when you heard about it. I remember being in a high school photography class, where we didn’t even do anything to with photography that day, we just watched the news to see what was happening. Most of the American people wondered why we would be attacked in such a way, and what would possibly cause someone to hate ...view middle of the document...

 In their fatwa of 1996, it is stated that “It should not be hidden

from you that the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist­Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies.” As well as “The people of Islam awakened and realised that they are the main target for the aggression of the Zionist­Crusaders alliance” (Bin Ladens Fatwa) Again in his 1998 fatwa he claims that “for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.” He also declared that these “crimes and sins” that were by the Americans are a direct attack on Allah, muslims, and his messenger.(Jihad against Jews and Crusaders) Bin Laden has also stated that attacks will continue to happen so long as the United States supports Israel. He went so far as to say “It is not fair that Americans should live in peace as long as our brothers in Gaza live in the worst conditions.” (Rueters) He also argues that we “steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of you international influence and military threats. This theft is indeed the biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind in the history of the world.” (Full text: bin Laden’s ‘letter to America). Regardless of my feelings on oil prices(I personally feel that middle eastern nations collude to raise prices), these followers believe that they are being robbed by us. Al Qaeda believes it has much justification in attacking civilians for its cause. In that letter bin Laden addressed to the United States, he gives several arguments as to why they feel like it is necessary to attack the civilians. The first example he gives is that the American

people choose their government, and thereby have chosen a government that is intent on persecuting Palestine and thereby must be punished.  He even states that “the American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want.” He states that the taxes we pay are what funds the planes and bombs which attack their land. He states that the American army is the same as the American people, which employ both men and women, and thereby they have no reason to be sympathetic to either. He states that “Allah, the Almighty, legislated the permission and the option to take revenge. Thus, if we are attacked, then we have the right to attack back. Whoever has destroyed our villages and towns, then we have the right to destroy their villages and towns. Whoever has stolen our wealth, then we have the right to destroy their economy. And whoever has killed our civilians, then we have the right to kill theirs.” (Full...

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