9/11: Ask the Right Questions and Face the Truth
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Ten years ago,
shocking and horrific acts of terrorism were carried out on U.S.
soil, taking nearly 3,000 innocent American lives. Without a doubt
this action demanded retaliation and retribution. However, much
has been done in the name of protecting the American people from
terrorists that has reduced our prosperity and liberty and even
made us less safe.
This is ironic
and sad considering that the oft-repeated line concerning the reasoning
behind the attacks is that they hate us for who we are a
free prosperous people that we must not under any circumstances
allow the terrorists to win. Though it is hard for many to believe,
honest studies show that the real motivation behind the 9/11 attacks,
and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism, is
not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life, neither is
it our religion or our wealth rather it is primarily occupation.
If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another
country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases
and armed soldiers present in our hometown, you might begin to understand
why foreign occupation upsets people so much.
Pape has extensively researched this issue and goes in-depth in
his book Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide
Terrorism and How to Stop It. In fact, of the 2,200 incidents
of suicide attacks he has studied worldwide since 1980, 95% were
in response to foreign occupation. Pape notes that before our invasion
of Iraq, only about 10% of suicide terrorism was aimed at Americans
or American interests. Since then however, not only is suicide terrorism
greatly on the rise, but 91% of it is now directed at us.
Yes, the attacks
of 9/11 deserved a response, but the manner in which we responded
has allowed radicals in the Muslim world to advance a very threatening
narrative about us and our motivation in occupying their lands.
Osama Bin Laden referred to us as crusaders with a religious
agenda to convert Muslims, westernize their culture and take control
of their resources. If we had targeted our response to only the
thugs and criminals who attacked us, and refrained from invading
countries that had nothing to do with it, this characterization
would seem less plausible to the desperate and displaced. Blaming
Islam alone is grossly misleading.
we chose a course of action that led to the further loss of 8,000
American lives, 40,000 wounded, and has left hundreds of thousands
seeking help from the Veterans Administration. We are $3 to $4 trillion
poorer. Our military is spread dangerously thin around the globe
at the expense of protection here at home. Not only that, but we
have allowed our freedoms to be greatly threatened and undermined
from within. The PATRIOT Act, warrantless searches and wiretapping,
abuse of habeas corpus, useless and humiliating circumstances at
the airport, are just a few examples of how we have allowed the
terrorists to win by making our country less free. Suicide terrorism
did not exist in Iraq before we got there. Now it does. There are
no known instances of Iranians committing suicide terrorism. If
we invade and occupy Iran, expect that to change, too.
can be very uncomfortable to ask the right questions and face the
truth. When a slick politician comes along and gives a much more
soothing, self-congratulating version of events, it is very tempting
to simply believe what we would like to hear. But listening to lies
does not make us safer, even though it might make us feel better
about ourselves. The truth is that ending these misguided wars and
occupations will make us safer, more prosperous and more free.
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