In the shadowy world of intrigue, provocation and counter-provocation that characterises the activities of the secret services, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that a section of the US military Establishment decided to allow the terrorists to launch an attack inside America as a means of boosting public support for an aggressive policy and rearmament. This would explain the surprising failure of US intelligence, although the devastating nature of the attack would suggest that the provocation got out of hand.
The thing is, I believe that they could be right. What kind of supposedly democratic government ostensibly dedicated to the safety of its people sacrifices its citizens for the minute political and economic gain of an elite ruling class?
This is all just so fucked up, even without the shadow conspiracy speculation. I saw pictures of the rescue efforts, and it looked like England after the blitzkrieg. This belongs in Tom Clancy novels, not on CNN.
The scary thing is, most of the American public is not going to think, "You know, maybe the CIA helping train Osama bin Ladin and giving money to the Taliban wasn't a good idea. We shouldn't have encouraged the Muslim fundamentalists so the Soviets would have another problem to deal with. Hell, the Cold War was supposed to last forever, we didn't think this problem would come back to bite us in the ass." They're going to think, "Those fucking Arab bastards! Kill them all! We want blood!" And I'm afraid that's all it is. The officials have said they will bring these people to justice. Justice is supposed to be meted out in a court of law, although I would be much more comfortable if it were in the Hague and not the U.S. that these people would be tried. Vengeance is meted out on the battlefield. It's very bad to confuse the two.