Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008 - History - 318 pages
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Since the first airplane hijacking by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in September 1970, Middle Eastern terrorists have sacrificed innocent human lives in the name of ideology. From Black September to the Munich Olympics, to the embassy bombing in Beirut, to the devastating attacks of September 11 and beyond, terrorism has emerged as the most important security concern of our time.

"Where did this come from?" Inspired by a student's question on the morning of September 11, 2001, Mark Ensalaco has written a thoroughly researched narrative account of the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, addressing when and why terrorists started targeting Americans and American interests and what led to the September 11 attacks.

Ensalaco reveals the changing of motivations from secular Palestinian nationalism to militant Islam and demonstrates how competition among terrorists for resources and notoriety has driven them to increasingly extreme tactics. As he argues, terrorist attacks grew from spectacle to atrocity. Drawing on popular works and scholarly sources, Middle Eastern Terrorism tells this story in rich detail and with great clarity and insight.

 

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Contents

No One Heard Our Screams or Our Suffering
8
Revolutionary Violence Is a Political Act Terrorism Is Not
29
Much Blood Will Flow Not All of It Ours
47
Peace Would Be the End of All Our Hopes
68
We Accept to Live with You in Permanent Peace
92
We Will Get Slaughtered Down There
122
America Will Never Make Concessions to Terrorists
151
The Real Enemy Is America
186
Kill Them on the Land the Sea and in the Air
214
Today Our Nation Saw Evil
233
Epilogue
264
Notes
275
Bibliography
301
Index
307
Acknowledgments
317
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About the author (2008)

Mark Ensalaco is Raymond A. Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences at the University of Dayton. CNN Headline News, Reuters, and the Associated Press, among others, have interviewed Ensalaco about terrorism. He is the author of several books, including Chile Under Pinochet: Recovering the Truth, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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