Originally Posted by moonfirefaery
Let me turn that right back around: Tell what you have to say to the thousands of civilians, American and non-American, who have lost their lives because of those terrorists.
Moonfire; The terrorists who have attacked US soil in the past have never done so out of the clear bue sky, or as George Bush would have had us believe because they "hate our freedom".
In particular the terrorist groups of the middle east (and there are and have been several of them for a reason) exist in large part because of our financial involvement in the civil wars of the region where we pick and choose which side to back with WMDs and which ones we choose to financially sanction and ostracize for reason that can only be viewed by an sane person as racist, and evil. Our govenrment has historically played a major role in the financial support of violent regimes that have cruelly and viciously opressed the peoples of that region for some time...and then we are shocked when they don't want to play nice? We have lied and set them up for our politcal gain...goading the people (even outright lying and making false promises of either staying out of it or providing support) into attacking their oppressors and then pulling the rug out from under them so many times we are like Lucy to their Charlie Brown.
They didn't just wake up one day and say to themselves...well Israel seems like a lost cause, and the heathens are all mostly erradicated...who should we hate on next? It was a gradual and consisten build up of loathing that was in many ways contrived by the US government for the benefit of the most wealthy people in the world.
The wonder isn't that terrorism like 9/11 happens (hence why the US government could easily frame any terrorist group they wanted really, including one they hand picked, after having trained and funded him for decades in their own guerilla wars in the region...I mean if they wanted to.), but that we as a people have not risen up against our government in our own violent coup demanding that we put down the guns, that we stop financially raping the region and we start finding solution to the humanitarian issues that are plaguing the area and have been since post world war 2.
So if you are looking to explain to the victims of 9/11 (dead or alive) who is to blame for the tragedy of that morning, we have no further to look than ourselves. The American people, as a rule, we tend to live in a fog of blissful ignorance and moral impunity -- it's not me, it's my government. You can't hold ME responsible for the actions of my government! I'm just an innocent civilian-- in a country that prides itself on having a government of the people, by the people and for the people...well, we simply can't have it both ways. Either we start to educate ourselves and fight for the changes in policy that we feel will work towards peace, or we go back to the mall and buy another pair of jeans to go with our "Ding dong BinLaden's Dead" T-shirt and consider this a victory...for what I still can't tell.
But know this...the terrorists of this world, as awful as we may perceive them to be, have a reason to believe we owe them something, if nothing else, our full and undivided attention.