I've been having this conversation with some friends, and I'm curious about your opinion on how much of 9/11 was based on the US foreign policy and how much was Muslim extremism. I wrote this in my LJ: "I think the lesson of 9-11 is NOT that the evil Muslims are out to get us, but that our foreign policy has screwed over so many people in the world to protect US oil interests. And they still hate us, because we are STILL doing it. We have learned nothing as a country. We dishonor the memory of the people that died 9 years ago by not taking any responsibility for our actions.
"This is not an us vs. them scenario. This is time for the US to take a long, careful, introspective look at itself and realize that we are hypocritical, and willing to screw anyone over in order to protect ourselves. We are the evil empire.
People died needlessly 9 years ago. I deplore the loss of life. I am disgusted with the combination of anti-American sentiment and fundamentalism. But the first we can at least address and solve.