The World Trade Center Bombing

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It’s a normal day at work when suddenly there is an explosion, trapping hundreds of people inside collapsing buildings covered in rubble. Coworkers, friends, and family are gone, never to be seen again, lost to senseless acts of terrorism. In 1993, 1998, and 2000, these events came to pass in the form of terrorist bombings on U.S. targets across the globe. The World Trade Center complex was a symbol of wealth and prosperity, but quickly became the target for radical Muslims and was attacked early in 1993. Despite this attack, the American people did not think that the terrorist organization behind the attack, al-Qaeda, was much of a threat, failing to properly respond to the attack and prepare for the future. Five years later and across the globe, another bombing occurred. This attack targeted the U.S. embassies in the African countries of Kenya and Tanzania. Again, the U.S. was distracted from the incident and did not react in a proper manner. Finally, in 2000, the U.S. was again subjected to a terrorist attack, this time on a naval warship docked in Yemen. The country again looked on in horror as the unthinkable happened, leaving people to again question their safety. Although these attacks on American targets were devastating, the United States should have learned from its mistakes to better prepare and defend against the September 11th attacks.
The World Trade Center bombing triggered a response from the American government, but that response did not do enough to prevent future attacks against American targets. On February 26, 1993, at 18 minutes past noon, an explosion ripped through the underground parking garage of the Trade Center complex. The bombers rented a van, filled it with explosives and gasoline, and set the fuse,...

... middle of paper ... the past and its mistakes to work more diligently in order to prevent the September 11th attacks. The bombing of the World Trade Center in New York was unexpected, but gave the government an opportunity to improve security and avoid future attacks. The carnage at the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania again provided the U.S. government a chance to work against the terrorist network responsible, but again, the government failed. Finally, the assault against the U.S.S. Cole in the port city of Aden gave the U.S. one final opportunity to learn and prevent something from happening again, but the next year, the unthinkable happened and the 9/11 attacks occurred, killing thousands. Had the United States had managed to link the attacks and understand the emerging pattern of attacks against U.S. targets, the destruction, chaos, and death of 9/11 might have never happened.
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