Security Failings and the Motives Driving the 9/11 Terrorists Term Paper by Nicky

Security Failings and the Motives Driving the 9/11 Terrorists
A look at events leading to and after the September 11th attacks.
# 151055 | 2,047 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 20, 2012 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper describes the motives of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on US targets and the security failings that allowed their nefarious plan to succeed. First, the paper examines accounts from the former Bush Administration of security threats that were received around this time. According to the paper, all evidence suggests that America's leadership simply failed to act both prior to, during and subsequent to the September 11th attacks. Next, the paper addresses the goals of radical Islam and global Jihad and their anger toward Western, and particularly American, interference in the Muslim world. Finally the paper considers the Bush Administration's perception of terror as motivated by insanity, which does not comply with the rational choice theory. The paper concludes by noting that this misconception may be what allowed the prior intelligence warnings not to be taken seriously, ultimately leading to the devastating attacks.

From the Paper:

"In the years which have passed since, it has become increasingly difficult to ignore the likelihood that this is a deliberately projected mischaracterization of what really took place in the months and days leading up to September 11th. While the former Bush Administration had been most forthcoming, many might even suggest unconstitutionally draconian, in its allotment of retribution for the deaths of nearly 3,000 on 9/11, it had also been most reluctant to accept any internal responsibility for the security failings which facilitated the attack. Likewise, it would fail venture a clear public discourse on the real identity and political motives of the attackers, planners and the many throughout the Muslim world who rejoiced in America's suffering. A consideration of the nature of the plot, the underlying political imperatives and the theoretical and concrete warnings of its impending execution reveals that American policy lay at the root of the inspiration and success of the attacks."

Sample of Sources Used:

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