I was going to write a rant, and am glad it took a while to collect my thoughts, as many others have posted their own thoughts in parallel with mine and allowed me to link to recent essays. It also allowed this simmering rant to grow.
The terror attacks of Septempber 11, 2001CE were degisned to create terror, to clench the collective American sphincter, and reduce American power and influence in the world while promoting extremist religious causes.
The terrorists have won.
Islamic terrorists wanted the US out of Saudi Arabia. Bush caved quickly. Islamic extremists hated Saddam Hussein and wanted him out of power. Cheney got that for them.
Al Qaeda are sexist, racist, homophobes with a passion for guns, a hatred of foreigners and an ultra-conservative agenda. In the middle east, the brand of religious extremism that wanted democracy overturned so their laws could be passed was the Taliban. In the US, it's the Tea Party.
In many ways, this essay is a continuation of my 2003 essay Big Lies About 9/11, and more facts have come to light. In the heady rush after 9/11, we have forgotten the President George W. Bush was in political hot water for, among other things, caving to China. Further, family ties played a role in that embarrassing incident: The president's uncle traveled to China just hours after news of the incident broke.
As Deep Throat said of Watergate, "follow the money". But conservatives are moral relativists. Money was made by some after the terror attacks. The major financial consideration is obviously oil, and that leads inevitably to the Carlysle Group... and the bin Laden family. Indeed, On 11 September, while Al-Qaeda's planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Carlyle Group hosted a conference at a Washington hotel. Among the guests of honour was a valued investor: Shafig bin Laden, brother to Osama.
The Bush's and the bin Laden's were close. The bin Laden family was allowed to leave after a cursory set of questioning. Other Muslims were arrested and tortured even (and continue to be targeted by the FBI) if they had no connection to Al Qaeda, but those who might actually know something about the people (and financing) of terrorism were given a pass. All the right can do is whine that some on the left jumpted the gun with their accusations... on just these Muslims. All the Islamophobia heat generated by Fox and the extremists doesn't seem to cover the very rich. How convenient.
Why was the cashing out of billions of dollars just before the 9/11 attacks never investigated?. Some see a coincidence, even with the Mystery of terror `insider dealers'. Perhaps it wasn't "persons with foreknowledge", but the overall economic gains and losses were never adequately explained. We don't like to consider acts of terrorism as merely acts of greed. (Cue Die Hard.)
Too much of the "remembrances" of 9/11 are selective memory. We don't like to think about the Twin Towers jumpers that Americans will not talk about. We like our hate neatly packaged, with heros and villians. There were plenty of both, but many people were just ordinary folk. Within two days of the attack by Islamic extremists, Christian extremists Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson were preaching the exact same hatred of Americans. We, as a nation, forgot and were divided again, all to further the political agenda of hatemongering conservatives.
Bush treated the capture of bin Laden as "politics as usual", preferring to have the boogieman around to use in campaign ads while just not giving a damn about capturing him. He'd rather lie about WMDs than tell the truth about terrorists.
Like the Taliban, Today's Republicans are against abortion, consider homosexuality a sin, want women to be stay home and get pregnant, and want a smaller US government. The Tea Party is neither Al Qaeda nor Nazis, but it's clear they would be for more comfortable in countries ruled by them than in the US.
We have met the terrorists, and they are us.
Part II: Justifying lies by other people's paranoia
Part III: Jimmy Carter was right and Ronald Reagan was wrong
Part IV: Bush blew his chance to be a uniter
Part V: The American Taliban is proud to pander to gullible morons