Bill Blum on the Roots of Yesterday's Events

Jay Moore research at
Wed Sep 12 06:57:22 MDT 2001

A way of looking at the terrorist actions of Sept. 11.
  By Bill Blum

We can now expect another long round of platitudes and cliches from our
politicians and the media about how poor, beleaguered America, kind and
pure-of-heart America, innocent America, is under attack again by the
barbarians.  What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the
terrorists -- whatever else they might be -- might also be rational human
beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational
justification for their actions.  Most terrorists are people deeply
by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy,
and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an
action of the United States, actions such as:
     The shooting down of two Libyan planes in 1981; the bombardment of
Beirut in 1983 and 1984; the bombing of Libya in 1986; the bombing and
sinking of an Iranian ship in 1987; the shooting down of an Iranian
plane in 1988; the shooting down of two more Libyan planes in 1989; the
massive bombing of the Iraqi people in 1991; the continuing bombings and
sanctions against Iraq; the bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan in 1998; the
habitual support of Israel despite its destructiveness and routine torture,
and condemnation of Arab resistance to this; the double standard applied to
Israeli terrorism, such as the wilful massacre of 106 Lebanese at the UN
at Qana in 1996; the continued persecution of Libya, now nearing the end of
its second decade; the abduction of wanted men from Muslim countries, such
Malaysia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Albania; the large military and hi-tech
presence in Islam's holiest land, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Persian
Gulf region ...
     These are some of the American actions that can turn an Arab or a
into a fanatic, into a terrorist, into a decrier of "America, the Great

Excerpted from the chapter "Why do terrorists keep picking on the United
from the book: "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" by
William Blum
Portions of the book can be read at:

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