Wednesday November 3, 2021
In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, some interventionists are ignoring the most important factor in the Afghanistan debacle: what motivated the terrorists to commit the 9/11 attacks.
Or, even worse, some interventionists continue to buy into the motive that US officials ascribed immediately after the attacks: that the terrorists struck on 9/11 because they hated America for its “freedom and values” or because they were Muslims who were engaged in a centuries-old quest to establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate, one that would put the United States under Sharia law.
The real motive for the 9/11 attacks was the deep anger and rage arising from the deadly, destructive, and humiliating US interventionism in the Middle East after the end of the Cold War.
Why is that important?
For two reasons.
First, if the pre-9/11 interventionism had never taken place, there never would have been the 9/11 attacks, which in turn means that there never would have been the post-9/11 invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Second, the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq continued the deadly, destructive, and humiliating interventionism that produced the 9/11 attacks in the first place.