The Question Never Asked

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As
the media orgy over 9/11 subsides and the President’s speech is
still ringing in people’s ears, there is one aspect of 9/11 that
has somehow managed to evade examination in 5 years.

The
question which is never asked is "why?" Why did so many
American citizens die on American soil that day? Why would people
want to attack us in such a vicious and grandiose fashion?

No
answer? That is because the question is never asked. The reason
it is never asked is because most Americans are like my father-in-law.
When asked yesterday why he thinks people hate us, his response
is that he does not care why and does not want to know. Sadly, neither
do most Americans.

Certainly
the government does not want you to know the answer to that question.
That is why it offers up its own canard: "They hate us because
we are free." Yet, a simple examination of other nations which
are free demonstrates how thread-bare this explanation is. Canada,
Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand: they are all free, and they are
all free of "the threat." We are back to "why?"

The
9/11 Commission spent millions of dollars and countless months investigating
the cause of 9/11. Despite their publication of volumes of research,
there is no answer in their report to the question of "why?"
That is because the question was never asked. If the real answer
were known, it would lead directly back to Washington like a fuse
burns to its point of origin, and the result would be just as explosive.

Of
course the easiest source for the answer is to ask the people behind
the movement. They are hardly shy, and have on many occasions expressed
their motivations for their campaign against this country. Even
the Pentagon knows the painful answer to the question of "why?"

"Muslims do not hate u2018our freedom,’ but rather, they hate
our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objection to
what they see as our one-sided support in favor of Israel and against
Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support
for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably in
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf states….the
dramatic narrative since 9/11has essentially borne out the entire
radical Islamist bill of particulars."

Someone has to answer for 9/11. However, we do not need to go beyond
our own shores to find the culprit. The federal government, using
tax dollars coerced from its citizens, has pursued foreign policies
which are contrary to Americans’ best interests and have infuriated
those who are the object of the polices to the point that they are
willing to sacrifice their own lives to strike back at America.
The cruel irony is that the very same government whose twisted foreign
adventures brought about 9/11 was also impotent to protect Americans
from the disaster it had sown. Why? The answer lies in the very
essence of centralized government. Removed geographically and philosophically
from the people it is supposed to serve, it remains absorbed in
a perpetual quest to gain and hold power. When the bombs start falling
here, the politicians will be the first ones out of town
in armored limousines en route to fortified bunkers. Do you really
need to ask why?

September
13, 2006

John
M. Peters [send him mail]
is a practicing attorney in Michigan.

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