During the 2008 presidential campaign, Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul defiantly and bravely told the American people and his GOP opponents that the reason behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was because the United States has been interfering and bombing Middle Eastern nations.
“Have you ever read the reasons they attacked? They attack us because we’ve been over there, we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years,” said the three-time presidential candidate. “We need to look at what we do from the perspective of what would happen if somebody else did it to us.”
At the time, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other pundits across the mainstream media spectrum accused the libertarian-leaning representative that he was blaming the U.S. for the attacks. This was hardly the case.
“That’s really an extraordinary statement for someone who lived through the attack of Sept. 11 that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq. I don’t think I ever heard that before and I’ve heard some pretty absurd explanations for Sept. 11,” said Giuliani. “I would ask the congressman to withdraw that comment and say he didn’t really mean that.”
Whenever a murder is committed, detectives try to gather many pieces of evidence, including the motive. The police officers are not attempting to blame the victim for being murdered, but rather understand the reasoning behind the culprit’s actions.
In relation to foreign policy and terrorism, including the 9/11 attacks, it’s pertinent to understand why the hijackers conducted such a heinous plot. In this case, the reasons included resentment over a decade of bombing, U.S. military bases on holy land and the dedicated support for Israel – not because the U.S. was prosperous and free.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as well as the 9/11 Commission studied motivations for the 9/11 attacks in great detail. Both groups concluded that blowback of U.S. foreign policy was the primary factor, which is something that the bestselling author of “The Revolution: A Manifesto” and “End the Fed” iterated at the time of those presidential debates.
Self-declared patriots tend to believe that trying to understand the factors as to why the U.S., or other militaristic nations that intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, is hated, attacked and resented all over the world is political blasphemy and anti-state.
By researching the why, an entity could try to establish a number of reforms, such as refraining from performing the action again, offer sympathy or even just identifying the cause and moving on. Of course, much of the terrorism that occurs to this date in the world is related to politics rather than jealousy or religion.