Political_Observer wrote:The Taliban and Al-queda should have thought about that before launching a terrorist attack on the US. See, if they just left us alone, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED! Two wrongs don't make a right but it makes us even. Well, I guess in this case, more than even after our response. People are less likely to mess with you when they know their is a big price to pay for doing so. You have to demonstrate to the rest of world what happens when you mess with the US when the US is actually messed with.That response is terrible both in it's apparent arrogance and justification for horrible crimes in the name of justice/revenge. You killed 3,000 so we're OK killing 500,000.
Political_Observer wrote:When they see the response, they are going to think "You know, we better not launch an attack or first strike on the US.They don't think like that, however and I am sure the Saudi Arabians didn't care, either, when it prompted an attack on Afghanistan/Iraq. You do know the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi, right? They wanted the US to over-react.
9/11 succeeded greatly, not only in the attack, but in the American system of freedoms that the US eroded in response to it. Air travel is as safe as it always was, but people's perception of it, isn't. In response to 9/11 they took away some American freedoms in exchange for the false perception of "security".
The world understands military strength, and it's severe limitations, in responding to some kind of attacks.
Note: Do not misunderstand me. I no way condone 9/11. It was horrible, and it was tragic. It was not, however, unprovoked.
American influence and meddling in the Middle East more than justified(at least in their minds) such a response(9/11). They also took advantage of a misguided policy in place from the 80's where the pilots and crews of planes were to follow the demands of hijackers.