They still just don't get it. It never ceases to amaze me how blind and obtuse interventionists can be.
Anti-American terrorism is not like the flu or like Covid-19. It doesn't just spread around the world like an infection or a virus.
Moreover, the 9/11 attacks didn't occur because the terrorists hated America for its "freedom and values." They weren't motivated by anger and rage over Elvis Presley or any other rock and roller. They weren't motivated by hatred for Billy Graham or any other Christian evangelist.
The 9/11 attacks and all the other anti-American terrorist attacks were rooted in anger and hatred over U.S. interventionism abroad, specifically in the Middle East. Interventionism is the cause of anti-American terrorism. That's what interventionists still just don't get.
There were terrorist attacks on American targets before 9/11. There was the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, which was no different in principle than the 9/11 attacks eight years later. There was also the attack on the USS Cole, an imperial warship refueling in Yemen's Aden harbor when it was attacked. There were the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
All of these terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attacks, had one thing in common: They were motivated by anger and hatred for the U.S. government's interventionist foreign policy. For that matter, so were other instances of anti-American terrorism, such as the Fort Hood killing and the Detroit would-be bomber.
For more than 30 years, the U.S. national-security establishment had relied on Russia and the rest of the Soviet Union, along with Red China, North Korea, North Vietnam, Cuba, and the threat of "godless communism," to justify its existence. The last thing the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA ever expected was that the Cold War would end and that it would lose its official communist enemies.