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Book Report Terrorism

In The War Against America: Saddam Hussein and the World Trade Center Attacks, author Laurie Mylroie (2001) creates a trail of evidence that leads directly to Iraq and Saddam Hussein as being behind the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. In The War Against America, Mylroie argues that flawed policies and decision-making by U.S. officials, foreign countries, and international officials are to blame for Hussein’s success. In the book, Mylroie makes a convincing argument for evidence that points to Iraqi involvement in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Such proof would greatly reinforce U.S. military efforts and generate greater international support for it. However, Mylroie argues that tunnel-vision on behalf of investigators and officials of state failed to get to the root of terrorist attacks earlier in America, the World Trade Center bombing in 1997: “After Yousef’s second plot, American focused again on the criminal trial of the individual perpetrators and again paid little attention to the possible involvement of a state” (9).

Mylroie argues that ineffective policy after the first Gulf War enabled Saddam Hussein to become more powerful. Without an established plan for Iraq when the war was over and the lack of effort to take over Baghdad, all that was left behind was an angrier and more determined Hussein and Iraq. Mylroie argues that international organizations like the United Nations (U.N.) are also responsible for enabling terrorist acts by failing to effectively disable states intent on perpetrating them. China, France and Russia’s decision on U.N. Security Resolution 1134 emboldened Hussein, removing sanctions even though he was willfully noncompliant with disarmament resolutions. The U.N. failed in its efforts because it permitted Hussein to carry out a clandestine buildup of weapons of mass destruction. Mylroie convincingly argues that such intern


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