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  •  Not true. (22+ / 0-)

    Bin Laden took credit for the 9/11 attacks, and of course his public statements before that (and after, when he could) made his goals perfectly clear. US military out of Saudi Arabia. Incite a war between the US and Islam. Bleed the US into bankruptcy.

    And President Bush gave him exactly that, on a silver platter.


    •  We didn't hear any of that (1+ / 0-)
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      for roughly a year afterward, when we found videos of him in Afghanistan saying that.    In the aftermath of the attack, there was silence.  

      The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

      by Beelzebud on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:25:44 AM PDT

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      •  Nope 1996, and 1998 (3+ / 0-)
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        "It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man." -- Thomas Paine

        by sailmaker on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:37:44 AM PDT

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        •  That's not the same thing (0+ / 0-)

          as a statement after an attack.  

          That's fine though, you can be as obtuse as you want.  You are correct.  You win the internet.   I'm done with this debate.  

          The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

          by Beelzebud on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:39:40 AM PDT

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          •  When I watched the second tower hit (1+ / 0-)
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            On my friends TV in Hong Kong I had one thought: Bin Laden

            Why? Because of the prior bombing and Laden's statements.

            Second thought: Is my sister in town? Is she OK.

            Second answer took almost 2 days.

            Now I remember that first.

            I still can't believe the Bush Administration didn't take his threats seriously.

            Not 20-20 hindsight, common sense.

            What about my Daughter's future?

            by koNko on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:05:00 AM PDT

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      •  He wasn't talking to us. (1+ / 0-)
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        There were plenty of statements, most Americans didn't hear anything significant about them because there wasn't anything relevant to them in there. Al Qaeda attacked the US to get credibility in the Middle East, not to try to convince us of anything.

        "What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!" - Genghis Khan and Conan the Barbarian

        by Jake Nelson on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:39:02 AM PDT

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        •  I think this is the part that a majority (3+ / 0-)
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          of Americans have trouble with; when this kind of violence takes place, we aren't the audience for it, we're the fodder.

          It really isn't about us, we are simply the means.

          I think that this aspect is even harder for Americans to understand than the senseless violence (which is also harder to understand).  They aren't killing us because they hate us ("death to America" is the greatest flame bait ever invented), they are killing us because we are there and they've figured out that they can.


          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:49:38 AM PDT

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