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While the attacks of 9/ 11 were shocking for their audacity and effectiveness, they should not have surprised anyone. This was not the first incident as the United States has been the victims of countless bombings of U.S. embassies and planes, kidnappings, and shootings of American citizens. A large scale attack on American soil had been widely predicted by experts. With terrorism defined and accepted by many scholars it is not a new phenomenon. l will discuss one of the leading terrorist organizations in the world today, Hamas. This essay will explore Hamas, but mainly examine who they are and their origins, political motivations, tactics they use to realize their political objectives, and most importantly how this group relates to major debates for why terrorism and terrorist groups emerge.
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