Hamas: Conclusion

The bombing of the World Trade Center marks a turning point in the United States’ confrontation with terrorist organizations. Previously, American citizens overseas have been targets of terror groups, particularly Middle Eastern ones, leaving U.S. territory virtually unscathed – until now. The challenge to the United States and other countries which face this threat is twofold. It must protect the security of its citizens from terrorists who abuse the rights granted to them in a free society. At the same time it must preserve those same rights which democratic nations cherish.