Many Americans actually believe that “America” was an innocent victim on September 11, 2001.
Many Americans were innocent. But “America” was not.
The term Americans refers to individuals. Many individual Americans were totally innocent. Among them were Quakers and other staunch opponents of foreign military aggression.
But “America” was anything but innocent. Many Americans approved and authorized past acts of US government aggression in the Middle East, particularly on behalf of Israel.
9/11 was retaliation for these past acts of aggression.
On 9/11 “collateral damage” occurred, just as collateral damage occurred in previous US aggressions.
Many Americans can’t permit themselves to accept the reality that 9/11 was a case of karmic payback, of “what goes around, comes around.”
They cling desperately to Bush II administration twaddle that “They hate us for our freedoms.”
As I wrote back in September 2001, neutral Switzerland and Sweden, who are not meddling in the Middle East, are as free or freer as the US.
Why didn’t the terrorists target Zurich and Stockholm if “freedom” was what they hated? Zurich and Stockholm are certainly much closer and more convenient targets than New York City and Washington, DC.
As long as the neocolonialists and neoimperialists who dictate America’s foreign policy refuse to wake up to reality, as long as they stubbornly refuse to admit their aggression against the Muslim world, 9/11 type events will continue happening.
Note the CNN headline, “America under attack,” and the subtitle, “Pentagon open for business today.” If truth in news reporting were the rule rather than the exception, the CNN headline would read “America under counterattack,” and the subtitle would read “Pentagon engaging in foreign aggression as usual.”
Terrorism by the weak is retaliation for imperialism by the strong.
Eventually, a nuclear device will probably be successfully detonated in a major US city, despite all the freedom nullifying police state measures imposed by the Bush II administration.
Eventually, the freedoms that Bush insists “they hate us for” will disappear, and not even Bush will be able to persuade us that the terrorists “hate us for our freedoms.”