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Study of Revenge: The First World Trade Center Attack and Saddam Hussein’s War against America

by Laurie Mylroie

American Enterprise Institute

300, October

Hardcover, 24.95

ISBN: 0844741272

The destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon—all within one hour on Septmeber 11, 2001—demonstrated America’s shocking vulnerability to terrorism.

Yet terror had already emerged on America’s shores eight years earlier, when mysterious terrorist mastermind, Ramzi Yousef (arrested after a botched attempt to bomb a dozen U.S. airliners) bombed the World Trade Center in an attempt to fell the buildings. His attacks were viewed as the harbinger of a new terrorism, carried out by an elusive enemy driven by religious fanaticism to unprecedented hatred of the United States.

But is that impression accurate? A real-life detective story, Study of Revenge engages the reader in a gripping examination of the evidence regarding Yousef and his terrorism. It reveals the split between New York and Washington that emerged during the investigation and it tells a terrifying tale of America left exposed and vulnerable following the mishandling of what was once the most ambitious terrorist attack ever attempted on U.S. soil.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Assassination of Meir Kahane
  3. The Origins of the World Trade Center Bombing
  4. The Accused
  5. Ramzi Ahmed Yousef—Mysterious Mastermind
  6. Baluchistan—The Escape Route
  7. The World Trade Center Bombing Operation—The Bomb Itself
  8. The Structure of the Conspiracy
  9. The Question of State Sponsorship
  10. Bill Clinton, America, and Saddam Hussein
  11. The Defection of Hussein Kamil—Iraq’s Unconventional Capabilities
  12. The Expulsion of UNSCOM
  13. Other Links
  14. Attempted Bombing of the United Nations Building and Other New York Targets
  15. Ramzi Yousef’s Second Bombing Conspiracy
  16. Official Misinformation
  17. The Islamic Change Movement
  18. Other Terrorist Conspiracies
  19. "International Radical Terrorism" and Other Theories of Terrorism
  20. Conclusion
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