People reading this and remember the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the destruction of the Twin Towers, especially Americans reading this, will remember the effects of the terror attack and how it led to 20 years of war on Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.
From this tragedy, the official death toll, including the 19 terrorists, was set at 2,977 people.
At the World Trade Centre in New York City, 2,753 people died, of whom 343 were firefighters.
The death toll at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., was 184, and 40 individuals died outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The events along the Gaza Strip and the Hamas terrorist attack on the state of Israel may bring back many bad memories. Still, unfortunately, from the terrorist’s point of view, there is a method to their particular brand of madness.
Osama Bin Laden, who planned the 9/11 attacks and was a former leader of Al Qaeda, attacked the United States to get them and their allies to invade the Middle East and destroy America’s reputation within the region and globally.
Al Qaeda hoped that the United States invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 would serve as a way to weaken the US; this strategy did not work, but from their point of view, it makes sense as a means to bring the battlefield to a place of their choosing.
There are practical, political and ideological advantages for terrorist organisations to fight wars within their Muslim nations within the Middle East to gather more support against foreign invaders and non-believers from their warped point of view.
Hamas is doing the same thing with the Israelis by attacking them and forcing them to involve themselves in a never-ending conflict along the Gaza Strip.
However, unlike the USA, after 20 years of fighting the war on terror, the Israelis do not have the luxury of just leaving and taking their bags home.