9/11, Another View
Prior to 9/11, the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organized force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, was a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American neo-conservatives in the Bush inner circle—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies. 9/11 put al-Qaeda on the map and our budget-busting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq gave al-Qaeda legitimacy and an excellent recruiting tool. In the meantime, under constant fear mongering, Americans gave up their privacy and rights in the name of security. America’s “mission accomplished” has created an unstable, divided, economically devastated nation. Closure to me would begin with a public apology from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice. Instead, we will get more self-serving books like Cheney's "In My Time." Are we winning this so called war on terrorism?
Ralph E. Stone