Terrorist Attack on the U.S.: Beirut, 1983 Term Paper by cee-cee

A discussion of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Marine compound at Beirut Airport in 1983.
# 109707 | 5,477 words | 14 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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October 23, 1983 marks the date of the tragic terrorist bombing of US Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebananon.  On that day, a terrorist drove a truck carrying more than 12,000 pounds of TNT,  into the US Marine barracks and exploded, killing 241 Marines.  In memory of the Marines that fell on that day, paper #109707, "Terrorist Attack on the U.S.: Beirut, 1983", has been chosen as this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon.  This is a 27-page research and analysis of this particular terrorist attack that looks at how and why the attack was different from previous terrorist attacks, the implications of this difference, background events that lead up to the attack, and the US and international response to the attack.  The paper is thoroughly researched and documented, listing 14 sources on its reference page, provides in-depth discussion and analysis of the terrorist events and their impact, and uses an engaging, academic style of writing.


This paper discusses the attack on the U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1983 that would begin a new era of terrorism. The author provides a detailed description of the historical and political background of this event as well as related attacks on U.S citizens in the Middle East. The author describes terrorist organizations and other threats to the U.S. in the area and the decisions made by the U.S. to counter them while protecting the Marines at the same time. The author theorizes what may have happened had either Harry S. Truman or George W. Bush been president at the time of the attack, and concludes that this episode in American history serves as a learning tool for future administrations, in how to balance the immediate needs of safety for our troops and the long-term needs of safety for the nation's democracy.

Factual Summary of Events
Deliberation and Debate Within the United States Government
The Threat
U.S. Responses
Comparative Analysis

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Adequacy of U.S. Marine Corps Security in Beirut, Report of the Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and Report of the Department of Defense Commission on the Beirut International Airport Terrorist Act, October 23, 1983". Historic Documents of 1983. 19 Dec 1983. CQ Press. CQ Electronic Library. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. November 29, 2007 <http://library.cqpress.com>.
  • Bates, J. Anne Dammarell et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran. Sept 2003. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia. November 29, 2007 <http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/01-2224.pdf>.
  • "Beirut Bombings." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2007. Grolier Online. Apollo Library. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. November 29 2007 <http://gme.grolier.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com>.
  • Cooper, M. H. Combating terrorism. CQ Researcher (5) 21 Jul 1995: pp. 633-656. CQ Public Affairs Collection. CQ Electronic Library. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. November 29, 2007 <http://library.cqpress.com>.
  • Felton, J. "Congress resigned to U.S. role in Lebanon." CQ Weekly Online. 5 Nov 1983: pp. 2288-2291. CQ Press. CQ Electronic Library. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. November 29, 2007 <http://library.cqpress.com>.

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