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The two events really do not have that much in common. However, if you have to find commonalities, here are two:
- They were both attacks on civilians inside the United States. Villa and his men came across the border and attacked a civilian target, the town of Columbus, NM. This can be seen as similar to 9/11 which also targeted mainly civilians.
- They were both motivated by resentment of the United States and its involvement in the affairs of foreign countries. Al Qaeda, at least officially, was motivated by its dislike of the American presence in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. Villa was motivated by his anger over the fact that the US had recognized and supported Carranza's government instead of supporting him as the alternative to Huerta.
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