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9/11 Interpretations and Outcomes

Chapter 28 -

1) What really happened in NYC on September 11, 2001? Do we really know?

2) Many Americans when asking why 9/11 happened were told by the government that radical Islamists hate our freedom. What does US policy in the Mideast have to do with radical Islam?

3) Could the airplanes make the Twin Towers collapse? What about WTC 7?

4) Are there problems with the "independence" of the 9/11 Commission?

5) What connection does the Project for the New American Century have with what is now called the Bush Doctrine?

6) In this article (link below), why did these people call the 9/11 attacks a new Pearl Harbor and refer to them as an opportunity and recall Robert Stinett? What did they want Stinett to do?

7) Is 9/11 factually connected to the war in Iraq? what of revelations that the US employed torture? What does this all mean for the future of America's role in the world and why (considering the importance of propaganda and controlling public opinion in democratic societies)?

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9/11 Interpretations and Outcomes

1) As far as "what happened," all we can really know are facts: planes were hijacked, planes were crashed, buildings collapsed, thousands of American citizens perished, radical Islamists claimed credit for it, a war was declared almost immediately. Beyond that, it's a matter of detective work and speculation.

2) The US has been very involved for quite some time in the Middle East, as I am sure you know. Stretching as far back as the creation of a physical boundary for the nation of Israel, American interests have been complex and varied with multiple nations, leaders and issues. Is it tied up with oil? In some ways, yes. No one would deny that. Is it tied up with keeping potentially threatening populations in check by installing leadership? Yes. Again, no one would deny that. Is it tied up with a genuine concern for Western democratic ideals, including capitalism? Of course. No country has foreign policy that contradicts its own interests. That would be diplomatic suicide. But the bottom line is that Islamists usually despise what they view as Western superiority and control/influence in their region, rather than specific freedoms that we have. They may despise those freedoms specifically (like freedom of speech, dress, economics, etc.), but what ...

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The expert examines 9/11 interpretations and outcomes.The problems with "independence" is determined.