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  • Given this background, it is not surprising that some have seen the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance.

    I am sick of this. When looking into the past, things are all very easy and so obvious. However, before September 11th, we weren't yet talking about the past but about the future. It's trivial to make forecasts for events that happened two years ago.

    Specifically, why would the US administration need a successfully carried out terrorist attack to eventually go to war? Their reason (or pretext as some might prefer) would have been just as strong if the attacks on the WTC could have been prevented.

    I wish less people promoted mere assumptions to facts.
    • Their reason (or pretext as some might prefer) would have been just as strong if the attacks on the WTC could have been prevented.

      Logically, it would have been. You're assuming that the court of public opinion operates using logic. It doesn't. It operates using fear and anger. Being attacked makes you want to strike back.

      It's not so much that they didn't have a "good reason" for what they did -- it was as good as any other -- but the WTC attack aligned public opinion on the matter firmly in the pos

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      • The current edition [spiegel.de] of "Der Spiegel" (Germany's biggest weekly news-magazine, in particular not known to be very friendly with the US) happens to have the title story called "Conspiracy September 11th" which addresses all those myths connected to WTC.

        I haven't yet read the article, but the abstract states that due to the coverage in the media a fifth of all Germans actually think that the attack on WTC was a complot by the American government itself.

        That's a point where the publishing industry should re-