Osama Bin Laden & Al Qaeda

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On September 11, 2001, Americans woke up literally and figuratively to the realities of terrorism. To many, a terrorist attack was something that they only saw on the evening news. Never did anyone think of the deep impact that it would cause. Since the 9/11 attacks, things have changed. Prior to 9/11 did you even know that a Homeland Security Advisory System existed and that they were color coded?! Would you ever believe that strip searches would be a possibility when you boarded a flight to anywhere because you fit a certain “profile”? We, as Americans, have been asked to become more vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We can certainly blame the man behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, but I think we can also blame ourselves. Almost a decade into the war in the Middle East, are we anywhere close to defeating the “war on terror”? Instead of a costly war, maybe the solution starts with us here at home and how we, as Americans, can defeat terrorism simply by taking our lives back. So who is Osama bin Laden and where did he come from? Like most Americans, I was unaware of who bin Laden was until after 9/11. To the U.S. government, he was a well known figure who first emerged in1979 when he joined an Islamic resistance force to combat the Soviets during their invasion of Afghanistan. By 1990, Bin Laden returned to his native Saudi Arabia as a hero and was credited for the Soviets withdrawal out of Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan had a profound impact on Bin Laden. "In this jihad, the biggest benefit was the myth of the superpower was destroyed, not only in my mind, but in the minds of all Muslims," Bin Laden said. Jihad, the word for struggle, is used by bin Laden to mean holy war.” As the war drew to a close, the increasingly radical bin Laden formed al Qaeda, or "the Base" in Arabic, an organization of ex-mujahedeen and other supporters channeling fighters and funds to the Afghan resistance. (CNN). As fore mentioned, Bin Laden...
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