According to a New York Times article on November 13, 1997, “When asked his motives [for bombing the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993], [Ramzi] Yousef told Secret Service agent Brian Parr he was retaliating against U.S. aid to Israel. ‘When I asked why he didn’t select Israeli targets, he said they were too difficult to attack. *If you cannot attack your enemy, you should attack the friend of your enemy.* ‘ The purpose was to let Americans know they were ‘at war.’ ”

 – Steven Emerson, American Jihad, Page 52