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  1. Introduction.
  2. The fact about the terrorist groups that the West is aiming to destroy.
  3. The Taliban.
  4. Revivalism stemmed in Shi'ite Iran.
  5. The extremists involved in the East African embassy bombings and the U.S.S. Cole explosion.
  6. Al Qaeda's financial survival through embezzlement of money from innocent Islamic charities.
  7. Conclusion.

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the words ?Muslim? and ?Islam? have become synonymous with the feared word ?terrorism.? As Americans learned that the enemy was factions of Muslim extremists operating in the Middle East and that they were driven to attack by a deep loathing for America and other countries of the Western world, we quickly began to associate the entire Islam religion with these groups of seemingly irrational people. Due to our resentment and hostility toward the enemy as a result of September 11, we failed to realize that the Islam religion is separated between the extremists and the rest of the Muslims, who are temperate moderates who do not support them and even welcome Western influence. It is crucial for Americans as well as all Westerners to both recognize and understand who the true enemy is, and that it is not everyone of Islam. The enemy is these radical groups of Muslim extremists who are absolutely separated from the rest of the Muslim world, and have in fact terrorized Muslims in the Middle East long before America was victimized on September 11.

[...] He and members of al Qaeda were adamant to return the Muslim states to their true and traditional Islamic roots. Bin Laden, a multimillionaire from Saudi Arabia, financed the organization by setting up training camps and supplying weapons to Arab fighters. By 1992, bin Laden encouraged the Muslims to start focusing on attacking the U.S. They had been concentrating mainly on Israel, and bin Laden felt that they had not accomplished enough. They needed to go after the ?head of snake? (Hoge Jr. [...]


[...] According to a senior al Qaeda member, various ideas were developed in these camps in Afghanistan, including: taking over a launcher and forcing Russian scientists to fire a nuclear missile at the U.S.; dispensing cyanide or other poison gases into the air conditioning units of targeted buildings, and finally, hijacking an aircraft and crashing it into a landmark U.S. city or airport terminal (Hoge Jr. and Rose, 42). Eventually, bin Laden became an admired figure within this terrorist network, as he would visit the camps to lecture and instill encouragement within the al Qaeda soldiers, who wanted to prove themselves worthy and courageous to their legendary leader. [...]


[...] Reports have revealed that al Qaeda has the capabilities of producing anthrax, and that its desire to produce biological and chemical weapons of destruction has not vanished. In fact, documents seized in Pakistan in early 2003 revealed that al Qaeda had the means to produce salmonella toxins, cyanide, and botulinum. Another feared reality is that al Qaeda could link with another terrorist group- perhaps Hezbollah-and recruit scientists with access to elaborate biological and chemical warfare programs (Stern, 437). Islam has had its positive moments in history such as its undeniable unification of the Arab nations under one religion and giving the people of the present-day Middle East a new system of life and sense of identity. [...]

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