1 September 1939: Adolf Hitler invades an unsuspecting Poland that started one of the most devastating wars in the history of the world. From this attack, Hitler went on to concur other great nations in Eastern Europe. Hitler's reign of terror resulted in the death of millions of Jews living in Eastern Europe and countless lives of American soldiers. 11 September 2001: Two planes hit the World Trade Center, a plane hits the Pentagon, and a plane crashes in Pennsylvania. It is immediately thought that terrorism is the cause of these disasters. Later, Osama Bin Laden is named the prime suspect in the first attack on American soil since the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II. This tragedy resulted in the death of over 5000 American firefighters, businessmen, and other civilians. Though these events in history seem rather different, there are some connections in the main parties involved: Hitler and Bin Laden. These two men are reasonable for a lot of death and devastation in the past 100 years, and they both basically had the same goal: to take over the world. First, to understand why these two men wanted to take over the world, we must first understand their background.
Hitler was born in 1889 in Braunau, Austria. Hitler's early child was fairly normal, as he received high marks in elementary school. In 1903, Hitler's father died and Hitler dropped out of high school two years later at the age of 16. After his mother drew a widow pension and bought some land, Hitler stayed home and did not work. He dreamed of being an artist. Hitler moved to Vienna in 1907 were he tried to pursue his dream of being an artist. He wanted to attend the Academy of Fine Arts, but he failed the entrance exam twice. In 1907, Hitler's mother died and he received an inheritance from his mother, an aunt, and he received an orphan's pension. He lived ideally in Vienna for the next few years and got interested in politics and admired the effective leadership of the Social...
...Usama binLaden and His Selection Of Terrorism
Usama binLaden, born in 1957, comes from a wealthy Saudi Arabian family that owns a multinational construction business. He used his inherited wealth to finance Afghan forces fighting the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980's. After the 1991 Gulf War, he was distressed that Saudi Arabia allowed U.S. forces to remain in the Arabian Peninsula. To advance his agenda of expelling the U.S. from the Islamic world, he worked with other anti-Western fundamentalists to organize a secretive, highly compartmentalized terrorist network, known as al-Qaida. It is through his upbringing, education, culture, and wars in Islamic countries, that Usama binLaden has sought to purge the Islamic world of the influences that he believes have corrupted and degraded it.
Usama binLaden was born in 1957 in Saudi Arabia. He was the seventeenth son of 51 children of Muhammad binLaden. His father was of Yemeni descent, and his mother was from Saudi Arabia. Usama's father was the dominant figure in the family, and Usama may have obtained his strong Islamic heritage from his father. "He had a tough discipline and observed all the children with strict religious and social code. He maintained a special daily program and obliged his children to follow."1 Over and above the...
...Osama binLaden Assassination
Terrorism is a problem that almost every country in the world has to deal with. The United States has had many terrorist attacks, whether directed towards the military, the government and its property, or people. The United States has dealt with this terrorism on many occasions. A terrorist is someone, often a leader of a group who causes intentional destruction and fear on another person, groups or society, disregarding the safety of the other persons for many times the perpetrators claim to carry out these malicious attacks religious, political or, ideological reasons.
On Thursday, October 12, 2000, while refueling at a port in Aden, Yemen, the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole was attacked by two suicide bombers navigating a small motorboat full of explosives. The explosion killed 17 crewmembers and wounded 39 others. The day of the bombing, U.S. President Bill Clinton said in a statement, “If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act.” The attack represented the first major international terrorist attack on a U.S. facility since the 1998 bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the USS Stark came under Iraqi attack in 1987.
On September 11, 2001 a horrific event took place that left a scar on the United States. Nineteen militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and...
...vigilant and report any suspicious activity. We can certainly blame the man behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama binLaden, 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 binLaden and where did he come from? Like most Americans, I was unaware of who binLaden 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, BinLaden 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 BinLaden. "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," BinLaden said. Jihad, the word for struggle, is used by binLaden to mean holy war.” As the war drew to a close, the increasingly radical binLaden formed al Qaeda, or "the Base" in Arabic, an organization of...
...Compare and contrastHitler and Castro
Hitler and Castro have lots of similarities and differences. For example they both used the weakness of their enemies, propaganda and sense of nationalism. They also have differences such as Castro came into power with a revolution while Hitler didn’t. Hitler was part of Nazi Party while Castro didn’t have a party. It was just him and his supporters.
On their rise to power both Hitler and Castro used the weakness of their opponents. For Hitler it was the Weimar Government and for Castro it was Batista. Batista was seen as an American puppet as he made an agreement with the US which stated that he would protect US business interests when he comes to power. Castro was able to use the hatred towards Batista for his own advantage. He attacked Batista and on radio while he was in Mexico which allowed him to gain support of the students which already hated Batista. With the help of the urban underground, USA’s reaction and his own leadership skills during the guerilla war, Castro was able to rise to power. However Marxist historians believe that this was an uprising of the proletariat overthrowing the capitalist regime and Castro, a true Communist leader, led them in this quest. However this is not entirely true as during that time Castro didn’t announce that he was a communist. Also rather than the proletariat the...
...variations of bin Laden's name
Because there is no universally accepted standard in the West for transliterating Arabic words and names into English, bin Laden's name is transliterated in many ways. The version often used by most English-language mass media is Osama binLaden. Most American government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, use either "Usama binLaden" or "Usama bin Ladin", both of which are often abbreviated to UBL. Less common renderings include "Ussamah Bin Ladin" and "Oussama Ben Laden" (French-language mass media). The latter part of the name can also be found as "Binladen" or "Binladin".
Strictly speaking, Arabic linguistic conventions dictate that he be referred to as "Osama" or "Osama binLaden", not "binLaden," as "BinLaden" is not used as a surname in the Western manner, but simply as part of his name, which in its entirety means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of 'Awad, son of Laden". However, the binLaden family (or "Binladin", as they prefer to be known) do generally use the name as a surname in the Western style. Consequently "binLaden" has become nearly universal in Western references to him, Arabic convention notwithstanding.
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama Bin-Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden was born in the al-Maz district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 10, 1957. Bin-Laden father was Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden, was born into Yemen’s Kenda tribe around 1908, and his mother Allia Ghanem, she was from a largely secular middle-class Syrian family of Yemeni origin. Osama’s has fifty-two siblings: twenty-eight brothers and twenty-four sisters from his father and four sibling: three brothers and one sister from his mother. The siblings of Osama from his father are:
From mid 1940s to 1950:
Sons: Salem, Ali, Thabit, Mahrous, Hassan, Omar, Bakr, Khaled, Yeslam, Ghalib, Yahya, Abdulaziz, Issa, Tareq.
Daughters: Aysha, Fatima, Sheika, Su’add, Tayyeba, Wafa, Nour.
From 1951 to 1959:
Sons: Ahmad, Ibrahim, Shafiqi, Osama, Khalil, Saleh, Haider.
Daughters: Salma, Zeenat, Ruqqueiya, Randa, Zubaida, Najiah, Samiah, Muna, Saleha, Mariam, Fowaziyah, Raja, Huda, Seema.
From 1959 to 1967
Sons: Saad, Abdullah, Yasir, Mohammad.
Daughters: Raedah, Eman, Aetedal, Sahar, Iiham, Sana’a, Malak, Muneera.
From Osama mother:
Son: Ahad Mohammad, the rest are unknown and Daughter’s name is Fatima Mohammed al-Attas.
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama want to Al-Thagher Model School at the time the most prestigious high school, near...
...The end of Osama binLaden
Ever since the twin towers of World Trade Center collapsed in New York on September 11, 2001, United States of America was hot on the heels of Osama binLaden, the founder and main source of inspiration of al-Qaida, the organization accused of carrying out that heinous attack. Osama was considered as the fountainhead of all terrorist activities across the world and western powers were sparing no efforts to track this elusive leader. There were numerous reports of sightings of binLaden but catching up on the world’s most notorious fugitive was becoming almost impossible. In fact, for quite some time, sightings of binLaden had become a joke, almost similar to the sightings of UFOs (Schabner, 2011).
But on May 1, 2011, nearly a full decade after the dastardly destruction of twin towers, the President of United States of America declared that binLaden was located in a fortress like house in Abbottabad, a garrison town in Pakistan, and killed in a commando operation. This operation had all the makings of a movie thriller and seemed fascinating in its use of latest technology and show of extreme personal courage by the commandos.
The whole operation was carried out by US personnel without any help from their Pakistani counterparts and it was sheer cutting edge technology that hid their helicopters from the...
...Robert Snyder's main argument in "Hating America: BinLaden as a Civilizational Revolutionary" is that not only is all the literature written about September 11th confusing strategy and tactics but that people fail to look at BinLaden as a revolutionary.
The attacks against the United States on September 11th were in Snyder's view a tactic that was part of a much grander strategy. The actual attacks on the United States were a tactical maneuver designed to maximize destruction and kill as many westerners as possible. However there were much broader strategic motives behind the September 11th attacks, one of which was to alienate and weaken the moderate pro western Muslim states from the rest of the Islamic community. This point matters greatly when questioning why it matters if September 11th was a tactic or strategy because a tactic would have been a militant maneuver to achieve a direct attainable goal while a strategy would have greater planned goals using tactics as a means to an end.
A plan to destroy the world trade center itself would be considered a tactic but Snyder argues that this was not the case. Although the destruction of the twin towers and the hit on the pentagon were the goals of the 19 hijackers they were not the sole goals of BinLaden. These attacks were essentially a means to an end. Even though the attacks did do great harm to the United States not only in way of...