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  • 1. Ella WilkieMrs. Lester10th Honors Lit/Comp25 October 2011 Fall 2011 Research Design1.) My multi-genre research paper topicMy topic for the multi-genre research paper is terrorism between the Middle East and the UnitedStates. I want to explore why there is a call for such acts and what we as a nation can do to helpprevent terrorism.2.) What I already knowI have a limited range of knowledge when it comes to terrorism. I am aware that most terroristevents in the United States occur around Muslim hatred toward Christians. Through my littleresearch on the topic, I am now aware that most suicide bombings as well as other act ofterrorism are influenced through religion. In my reading, I found that the holy book of Islam, theQuran, has some passages that could be interpreted in a violent way. Most Muslims believethat if they die killing Islam’s enemies, they will be guaranteed a rightful place in Heaven aswell as honor from the God, Allah. Much of this generation are being influenced to hate throughschool, sometimes religious teachings, by those who already despise Westerners. The Talibanand Al-Qaeda have been around for many years, expressing their hatred toward Americans andChristians. They are Muslim extremist groups that will do anything in the name of their religion.3.) What I want to learnAlthough I have researched terrorism in the Middle East, there are still several holes. I am stillwondering why the United States has not found a better alternative to the war. Most of myquestions revolve around how the United States is handling this situation. Yet, I do want to knowmore about what causes a Muslim to feel the need to kill others. Through my research, I foundmyself wanting to learn more about the daily lives of an average Muslim and how some of themhave “run off the track.” Al-Qaeda is a powerful extremist group, but what I would love to learnis the group’s origins and motivations. Further knowledge into the beliefs of Muslims/Islamicextremists is something that might help me to better understand the origins of terrorism againstthe United States.4.) The origins of my researchAlthough I was very young at the time, the 9/11 tenth anniversary has sparked my attention ofthe terrorism that takes place around the world. It appalls me to learn why Muslims and theseIslamic extremist groups think it is necessary to kill people who do not believe exactly whatthey do. Also, through reading the book Under the Persimmon Tree, I am more interestedin the effect all of the wars have had on the innocent people held victim in the Middle East.Not to mention what the children are going through, such as the main character in my novel.From traveling on airplanes several times throughout my life, I am constantly intrigued by howterrorists come up with ideas on how to make such unpredictable explosive devices. I also find itodd that sometimes terrorists can get through security without being detected. My interest in thethoughts that cross a terrorist’s mind has caused me to want to preform more research.5.) Some questions I have about terrorism and the wars in the Middle East 1. If Israelis, or any other ethnicity in the Middle East, are so religious, why do theymurder large numbers of innocent people?
  • 2. 2. Why do the United States and NATO have to turn to air strikes first? 3. Are there no other more efficient precautions the United States could take beforeenforcing an air strike? 4. Why does the Quran consist of “violent commands”? 5. Who was the first person to claim that Allah is for suicide terrorism? 6. Why have the US/NATO done anything to prevent the growing army of the Taliban? 7. Where is the sudden increase of financial and human support for Terrorism comingfrom? 8. What fuels the Islamist movement in general? 9. Why is the US one of the top terrorist targets? 10. When did terrorism really pose as a threat to the world? 11. When/How did Al Qaeda come about? 12. What are they doing to outsmart the rest of the world?6.) My research planMy plan for collecting information about my topic is to start by taking a mental note of allthat I know about terrorism. I then would like to look through the Internet and find some keyinformational sites that might help me to better understand the background of terrorists, theirmotivations, and the wars going on in the Middle East. Through Symbaloo, I will keep record ofall the valuable sources I find so that I might come back to them to use as a reference. Scoop.itwill be useful in allowing me to write down all that I find important from these sites. Noodletoolswill also come in handy along with Symbaloo to help me keep record of the valuable sources,for I am sure they will eventually be used in a bibliography. For my sources, I will most likely beusing online databases, but maybe I will be able to conduct interviews of people I find who havesome type of experience with a terrorist or know what it is like to live in the Middle East at thetime of war.7.) Preliminary bibliographyHuman Rights Watch. “Civilian Deaths Undermine Allied Security Efforts in Afghanistan.”Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Greenhaven Press, 8 Sept. 2011. Web. 25 Oct.2011. <http://ic.galegroup.com/‌ic/‌ovic/‌ViewpointsDetailsPage/‌ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010741205&mode=view&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=89f533948d7d66c014e372f7a498c646>.Ibrahim, Azeem. “Islamic Extremists Are Motivated by Moral Disgust.” Gale OpposingViewpoints in Context. Greenhaven Press, 6 Jan. 2010. Web. 25 Oct. 2011. <http://ic.galegroup.com/‌ic/‌ovic/‌ViewpointsDetailsPage/‌ViewpointsDetailsWindow?
  • 3. displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010699211&mode=view&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=128c34865f16a1eef4308e64b705fe86>.Kronstadt, K. Alan. “Anti-Americans Are a Problem in Pakistan.” Gale OpposingViewpoints in Context. Greenhaven Press, 2010. Web. 25 Oct. 2011. <http://ic.galegroup.com/‌ic/‌ovic/‌ViewpointsDetailsPage/‌ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010654211&mode=view&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=af54611dce79e8a9cbd38c84b5a322b7>.Pappe, IIan. “Some Israelis Believe That Israel Committed Genocide in Gaza.” GaleOpposing Viewpoints in Context. Greenhaven Press, 3 Jan. 2009. Web. 25 Oct. 2011.<http://ic.galegroup.com/‌ic/‌ovic/‌ViewpointsDetailsPage/‌ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010687215&mode=view&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=369a2507a90e54cf08d73eda4711253c>.World Daily Net. “Islam Advocates Suicide Terrorism.” Gale Opposing Viewpointsin Context. Greenhaven Press, 27 Sept. 2006. Web. 25 Oct. 2011. <http://ic.galegroup.com/‌ic/‌ovic/‌ViewpointsDetailsPage/‌ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&disableHighlighting=true&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010329214&mode=view&userGroupName=cant48040&jsid=6776aaa29461aac39d38aace576ca0fb>.