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The question behind the tragedy of 9/11 for me has been why would anyone or any group do this, such a hateful act? To ask such a question is not to justify in any way this horrible act but to help understand how to prevent it. The question was first asked right after 9/11 by victim family members and the Pope of the Catholic Church. I remember attending a panel discussion on this question at the local community college soon after the event. But the question of why was soon lost in the search for justice (vengeance), who was behind the event and sounds of war. I remember some peace people and family members of victims calling for a ‘police action’ against the perpetrators of this crime but all we got are two terrible wars, the growth of the enemy and hatred against USA in the Middle East and so many deaths, injuries and refugees. The count goes on.
It is coincidental that in two of the nations where we supported the military and forces of suppression, Egypt and Libya, there was a show of hatred toward the United States today by attacks on her embassy. We still give Egypt billions of dollars of military aide and supported with military aide the rebels now in power in Libya. The hatred toward the USA and its show of military might has grown so much since eleven years ago on 9/11. We now live in a much more dangerous world where we need to use “killer drones” and other weapons of death and destruction to “keep the peace”, as they say.
History and life has shown us that no ‘war’ will ever end a ‘war’ but only lead to more wars and violence. But profit and greed have taken over this country and if you are against war you are not patriotic and better keep silent or just do symbolic protest.
Well I cannot be silent and protest for the sake of protesting. What can I do? When will we ask the “why”, not the who or what of 9/11?