Almost everyone agrees that Al-Qaeda was directly responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001. However, in the months and years following that day, it became apparent that the situation was not limited to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. A tragedy of such large scale, the people reasoned, had to be the result of something bigger than a simple network of a few hundred Muslims who hated the United States.
A blame game of epic proportion ensued, and two arguments unfolded: one placed the blame on Islamic fundamentalism as the reason the United States was attacked; another placed the blame on political grievances that Middle Eastern people had against the United States. The former evolved into an American argument for war against Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and probably others yet to come; the latter, a political persuasion to change U.S. foreign policy and demobilize troops around the world.
The talking heads of the former persuasion call the latter the “Blame America First” crowd, and by common logic, would refer to themselves as the “Blame Iraq First” crowd, because both sides actually blamed the Taliban and Al-Qaeda first, and their respective culprits second. Those leaders could correctly replace “First” with “Second” in their titles, but, perhaps for dramatic effect, or to avoid a proper debate, have chosen not to do so. I will not follow in their path of contrived irrationality. With respect to the responsibility of 9/11, I am a member of the “Blame-America-Second” coalition, and I strongly disagree with the “Blame Iraq Second” crowd, mainly because only two parties were involved in the incident: Al-Qaeda and America. The God-given nature of human reason does not allow me to blame a party that was completely remote from the event.
The “Blame Iraq Second” crowd shares the sentiment of the emotionally irrational, abusive father, who beats his child because of an argument with his colleague; the innocence is irrelevant to the emotional rage. My intent, as a writer, is to reveal that the “Blame-America-Second” crowd is actually talking sense, and has for its focus, the interest of humankind. The “Blame-Iraq-Second” argument cannot withstand the test of human reason, so to believe their argument, is to reject that which is in your God-given nature, and seems an abomination to the Almighty. To favor those who wage war while in an emotional state, without just cause, while living in relative comfort, is opposite of divine, and I need not remind the faithful of what God’s antonym is.
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