posted on Jun, 3 2012 @ 05:42 PM
Not too difficult to parse their motives.
Bin Laden's people had tried to blow up the WTC with a truck bomb in 1993.
Bin Laden felt it was important to show the world (esp the Western infidels) that he could finish the job and achieve his goal.
In the past 30 or 40 years various Muslim radicals found in desirable to demonstrate an apparent total absence of fear by conducting suicide attacks.
A demonstrated intent to die to achieve their destructive goal pretty much establishes in the mind of the opposition that deterrence doesn't work.
In the case of the WTC, there is some evidence to indicate that ONLY the four pilot hijackers knew this was a suicide mission; the other hijackers,
who were there to help seize the cockpit and bully the passengers, may have been told that the plane was going to land somewhere and ransom would be
In the case of Sept 11th, the destruction, not merely of four planeloads of passengers, but the total destruction of the towers that had dominated the
skyline of America's principal city, and of the Pentagon, and (presumably) the US Capitol or the White House --- in other words, four of the most
impressive and important - and iconic - structures in the US -- would have had an enormous psychological effect on Americans and lots of others as
well. And, indeed, it did.