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Journal Khomar's Journal: Who is responsible for 9/11? 5

In America, the inquiry into who is responsible for 9/11 is in full swing. Suspicion is being cast, blame is being passed, and everyone has a different view of what should have been done. However, no one wants to admit the truth of the matter here in America. Who was to blame for 9/11? We all were.

Let's face it: Americans were not ready to seriously consider terrorism until after 9/11. We were too busy worrying about Y2K bugs, our rising and then disappearing portfolios, the latest sports team strike, hanging chads, and last week's episode of Friends. Al Qaeda was far from a household name, and the Taliban, to those who even knew who they existed, were just some religious fanatics who were discriminating against women and destroying the cultural heritage of Afghanistan by destroying some ancient statues.

We hear accusations that the government should have killed Osama bin Laden or invaded the Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, but let's be honest here. Many still strongly oppose "assassinating" leaders of foreign countries or groups, and there were protests against our invasion of Afghanistan even after 9/11. It would have been very difficult to pursuade Americans that we needed to invade some insignificant Middle Eastern country for some nebulous evil that was being done there. Sure they were militant extremists, but they were all over there. The terrorist attacks on American interests were all over there. What did that matter to us? Did we really want to risk American lives for what was really just a Middle Eastern problem?

As for increasing security, does anyone really think that the American people would have put up with the headaches and inconvenience of our current airport security back then? People complain about it even now, and back then, the average American saw no need to worry about attacks on American soil. Sure, people talked about the potential threat, but nothing had ever really happened here in America. Terrorism was just something that people had to worry about in the Middle East and Europe. We were isolated. We had the ocean between us and them. We were too far away. We were fat and happy in our own little coccoon. Even if we were concerned, we were not willing to actually make the effort to do something about it. We didn't want to have to go to the airport any earlier than absolutely necessary, and we certainly didn't see any need to be delayed in crossing the border into Canada with unnecessary security checks. The average American would have been up in arms if they had started implementing the current security procedures back then. Afterall, our time was valuable.

The attack on 9/11 was unprecedented. There had never been a hijacking that ended in a plane being flown into a building. No one, save the Al Qaeda themselves, could have foreseen this event. There are lessons to be learned and improvements to be made, but there is more than enough blame to pass around for all Americans, be they Democrat or Republican. Could have, should have, would have. The enemy is still here, and they want to kill us as much as ever. Let's not waste time and effort haggling over past blame.

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  • I'm so tired of the blame-game that is the 9-11 investigations. I don't agree with everything Bush does (especially fiscally), but trying to pin blame on him for something that no one expected before that September is ridiculous.

    Of course some of the things we look at now point to 9-11. Hindsight is 20/20. They're trying to say Bush's (and Clinton's) foresight should have been 20/20! Why doesn't anyone look at all the information we have now from a pre-9-11 standpoint?! I don't see any way how anyon
  • The terrorist attacks on American interests were all over there.

    ... except for that first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 in which several Americans were murdered.

    President Clinton had almost two full terms after that. We knew who the bad guys were, foreign governments told us how to get them, but Clinton kicked the issue away. I won't venture to explain why Clinton didn't do what he didn't do, but I think he shoulders more culpability than any other person.

    • I agree that Clinton bears more of the blame than Bush, but my main point in the journal is that we Americans bear some of the blame as well. The first attack on the World Trade Center was quickly forgotten, not just by Clinton, but by most Americans. It did not change the way we lived our lives. It did not change our attitude towards security and world-wide concerns. None of us are innocent in this, and trying to cast the blame is really counter-productive at this point. What would it really accomplis

      • The people follow the media. If the media doesn't portray an issue as a big deal, most people won't see it as a big deal. I understand your point, but I don't think we should blame the public. We're out here living our own lives. It's not our job to respond to intelligence on terrorism. We elect people to spend all their waking hours (or delegate experts to do so) keeping up with such things.

        I want to make a clarification about what I said in my previous post, in case others misintepret it. When I said th

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