The Lebanon War
Osama bin Laden dates his hatred of America to the Lebanon War of 1982.
During the war the American Sixth Fleet helped the Israelis invade Lebanon which led to America becoming Al-Qaeda’s number one enemy. Although some will contradict bin Laden saying that he was in deep gratitude for Americas help in extracting the Communist Soviets, he believed that American’s would not stop their support for Jews in Palestine until a jihad was against them.
As I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted.”— Osama bin Laden