Okay, let's have a bit of remedial 21st-century history. Iraq (yes, that's the correct spelling) was not the nation invaded in the beginning, and not as early as 16 September 2001. Afghanistan, a nation then ruled by the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group, was invaded on 7 October of that year - actually fairly apt, because the chief architect of the 11 September attacks, one Osama bin Laden, was much later found not that far across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and killed in a covert-op. Regardless of how legitimate the reasons were for the 11 September attacks, their focus on American civilians (being that the World Trade Center, a civilian office complex, was the location with the most casualties that day, and four passenger-loaded civilian airliners were either plowed into the WTC towers, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, or in the case of United Airlines #93, forced down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, by passengers who revolted against the hijackers and sacrificed their own lives to save many others) distances the event from any interpretation as an act of retaliation or retribution, and instead leaves it fully as a war crime and human atrocity. We, as Americans, learned not to be complacent simply because two large oceans flank our nation's borders, and that our new enemies weren't necessarily entire nations, but rather distributed groups without direct national affiliation. If you can't get those things straight... then please don't lecture us on our conduct since 11 September, SIR.