Who do you think was to blame for 9/11? Many people think loads of different things but what do you think?

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While I am very sympathetic to critiques of our Middle Eastern policy over the years, at the end of the day there were a myriad of other ways to protest, respond to, or even try to hold the United States accountable for them. The 9-11 attackers chose to express their political opinions by violence, and therefore bear the blame for the events of 9-11, just as policy makers in the US are responsible for their response to them, which also could have taken a number of different forms.

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Well, just to give a contrary view, Arabs would argue that what happened on 9/11 was a natural reaction to America's foreign policy and the way that it was involving itself in the national affairs of other nation states and the way that it was setting itself up as the opponent of Islam. Therfore, from their perspective, as horrendous as it seems to us, America itself was to blame.

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Osama bin Laden.  And human nature.

We humans are terrible to each other.  We are selfish and greedy and we act on those characteristics.  Our selfish actions as Americans contributed to it.  The selfish actions of bin Laden and other Islamists did as well.  Basically, we humans have this horrible propensity to do harm to one another...

But when it comes down to the simple answer, it was bin Laden and the men who actually did the attack.  The rest is ultimate causes.  But the ones who could have prevented it most easily are the ones who planned and carried it out.

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I have the same thoughts about 9/11 as the other posters. I think that the most important thing to realize about 9/11 is that, as post 4 points out, America (as a whole) was not innocent. People like to place the blame on others for most of the wrongdoings against them. Overall, I have accepted that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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I agree, post 4. The short and simplistic answer to the question is to say that Al Qaeda personnel under the ultimate leadership of Osama Bin Laden were to blame for the events of 9/11.

The more informed and analytical answer to the question will take years to determine, and I don't think there will ever be one specific individual at whose feet the sole blame can be laid.

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I have friends who believe in various conspiracies involving everyone from George Bush to the WTC complex owner Larry Silverstein. I personally blame Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda pilots and associates who took over control of the planes and crashed them into the towers.

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I accept the standard narrative that Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks. The evidence is overwhelming and, besides, Osama Bin Laden boasted of his responsibility.  So far as I'm aware, even he never tried to blame anyone else. He seems to have been quite proud of this "accomplishment."

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