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Brute Causes, Not Root Causes – Daniel Mandel

09/12/2011

As with other earth-shattering events, the moment and place of learning the dread news of September 11, 2001 is etched into everyone’s memory. Equally well etched into mine are the rationalizations that were nimbly offered for the attacks by Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda by some intellectuals in the West. All of a piece, they came nonetheless in notable variety.

“Where in the acknowledgment that this was not a ‘cowardly’ attack on ‘civilization’ or ‘liberty’ of ‘humanity’ or the ‘free world,’ but an attack on the world’s self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?” queried the late Susan Sontag of the New York Times. Similarly, the late Palestinian academic Edward Said averred that Arab hatred of the West, is “is not based on a hatred of modernity or technology-envy: it is based on a narrative of concrete interventions, specific depredations and, in the cases of the Iraqi people’s suffering under US-imposed sanctions and US support for the 34-year-old Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.”

Or forget Iraq — “this attack originated in the Muslim world and was clearly motivated by hatred of Israel and of US support for Israel” was the cursory verdict of Anatol Lieven, a British-born Chechen specialist.  […]

Read More at The American Spectator.

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