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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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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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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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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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Nothing happens on that scale without government control and intervention. I think it's pretty obvious who was behind all of it.

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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In a way, dis-respectful western women are responsible for 9/11. And homosexuals. And atheists. And free-thinkers.

I believe the dramatic rise of Muslim fundamentalism is a reaction to western culture. We flood the world with our modern culture and we have some very very modern ideas. These modern ideas about sex and women and rejection of religious authority have crashed into the traditional Muslim world and caused shock and panic.

They are not ready for post-modern feminism. They are not ready for sexual liberation. They are not ready for gay liberation. They are certainly not ready for atheism. So, some muslims have reacted violently to western culture and are trying to destroy it. They are very frightened that our ideas will wash away their old social structure and so they have declared war on our way of life.

(Rather like the American fundamentalist movement has.)

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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) Honors

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The question seems to be asking whether we believe the official version, i.e. that 9/11 was Al Qeada or whether we think it was some dark, covert false-flag stunt pulled by the CIA.

I have to say that I find the 'truthers' an incredibly irritating group of credulous, anti-social odd-bods who will happily believe some unsubstantiated junk they found sloshing around in the sewers of the internet and then reject all the dozens of different investigations, documentaries, reports and as 'controlled misinformation'. The vast scale of their supposed conspiracy beggars belief. It is pure childish nonsense and an insult to the dead.

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stegny | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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When discussing the reasons for the World Trade Centre attacks you could write very long books about American foreign policy towards the Arab world and its relationship with Israel, but ultimatly 9/11 was an atrocity, and there are no excuses for atrocities, even if you have suffered atrocities.

We weren't attacked for no reason at all, we weren't innocent lambs, but I suppose the simple answer is Osama Bin Laden and his followers. The complicated answer is going to take decades of honest Amercian soul searching to fathom out.

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