Terrorism is becoming more and more of a threat to Americans worldwide. One of the leaders of this revolution is a wealthy Saudi exile, Osama bin Laden. He has proved genocidal by killing Americans throughout the world from the destruction of the World Trade Centre and the embassy bombings in Africa. On September 11, 2001 Americans were attacked on their own soil by terrorists. The terrorists, members of an Afghanistan based organization named al-Qaeda, and its' leader, Osama bin Laden, left President George W. Bush with a daunting and complicated decision of how to react. .
President Bush was faced with an assault that "was so sudden and so shocking that it seemed to obliterate many of the doubts that were the legacy of the country's tortured Vietnam experience. Polls show that up to 90% of Americans support a military response," wrote Mark Barabak. Simultaneously, President Bush and his administration encountered a potentially dangerous and sensitive situation in the Middle East. Any type of intervention, be it Diplomatic Intervention or Military Intervention, would be viewed by the predominantly conservative Muslim Middle Eastern countries as the "start of a hobnailed Western Victory march, justifying extreme actions in self-defense". Before acting, President Bush had to take into consideration Bin Laden's motives for the onslaught. Boaz Gabor, the executive director of the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) and a Reason Magazine journalist, defined in the ICT's web-based newspaper, Bin Laden's Motives for the September 11th attacks: .
Bin Laden and his followers regard America as their main enemy because it is America that leads the Western and democratic world, and supports the moderate Arab regimes. Moreover, America is regarded in their eyes as controlling and contaminating the holy places of Islam-particularly those in Saudi Arabia through the presence of military personnel there and in other countries in the Persian Gulf since the Gulf war in 1991.