858. 4/18/1996

After Israel’s shelling of a UN compound in the Lebanese village of Qana on April 18, 1996: “Already burning with hatred for America and Israel, the pictures of headless Arab babies and other grisly photographs that appeared throughout the media were likely the final shove, pushing bin Laden over the edge and leading him to dedicating his life to war against what he would call the Israeli-United States alliance. From then on, he would often use the massacre at Qana as a battle cry, and it would become the match lighting the fuse that would eventually lead to the World Trade Center on a Tuesday morning five years later.”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 142, 144

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