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By all accounts, the people who attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, were religious extremist. Al-Qaeda , a splinter Sunni Islamic movement, founded by Osama bin Laden, claimed credit for these attacks following the tragedy. These fanatics believed that they had a mandate from God to "slaughter the Infidels". It was a force apart from any one country, and it was an aberration of Islam. Whatever religious banner the perpetrators of this horrific act gave it, they were not representative of the other approximate 1.5 billion Muslims in the world .

In the national grief that followed that terrible day in September, it was predictable that we would want to strike out at whoever had wounded our country so horribly

Little did most of us know, our administration already had someone in their sight who could act as a conduit for our national need for retribution. That the intended target was not the perpetrator of the attack, was, for the Bush Administration, a minor problem that could be rectified with a campaign of fear, skillful public relations, distortion of facts, and disregard for the Constitution. If you dared to question the Republican administration's drumbeat to war with Iraq, then you were "with the terrorist."

Though the facts have proved differently, recent polls have shown that at least 33 percent of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks. This is insanity! 

How can we be so gullible and yet here we go again .

A Musing Reamus from Calsbad
September 12, 2008 at 12:21 AM
Thank you Candace. In words there must be agreement as to meaning, in unity with the rest of the sane world we will find the tools to wage a common battle against the fringes, and in learning not to be afraid and that this is not a war in anyone's definition, we will live a more rational life.

michael valentine from spring Valley
September 13, 2008 at 04:23 PM
A return to reason would include an detailed investigation into the events of 9/11.

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