Greg, I am disappointed to see you write something like this: "If an Arab sort of blames America for 9/11, it's despicable"
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal neither "blamed America" NOR did he "sort of blame America."
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's statement to the media was, "At times like this, we must address some of the issues that led to such a criminal attack. I believe the government of the United States of America should reexamine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance towards the Palestinian cause. While the U.N. passed clear resolutions numbered 242 and 338 calling for the Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip decades ago, our Palestinian brethren continue to be slaughtered at the hands of Israelis while the world turns the other cheek."
Greg, I noticed you omitted mention of what "the issues" were which were clearly spelled out in the statement, namely the U.S. government's policy of support for Israel and the resulting suffering of the Palestinians. You mischaracterized Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's statement, he did not say "America deserved 9/11."
Are you telling me you by into Giuliani's manipulative game of insisting that talking about the motive for the crime of 9/11 means that one approves of the crime or sees it as a justifiable act? Giuliani uses a dirty trick in order to prevent the policy of supporting Israel's crimes from being examined. Giuliani attempts to intimidate people into not questioning the policies or angering people so much that cannot think about the policies.
From what you wrote and what you didn't write, I get the impression that you don't want the American people to realize why it is that terrorists attacked on 9/11 or that you don't want the American people to do something about the policies that unnecessarily make us all targets. Tell me this is not the case and that you will work to make others aware of the devious games politicians and pundits have been playing on the American people. Clearly Giuliani serves the agenda of keeping the status quo with regards to the policy of supporting Israel so he deceives the public to prevent them from even thinking changing the policy of supporting Israel.
I can't think of a more vulgar violation of the people's rights then to rob them of the freedom to decide for themselves if they want to risk their lives over specific foreign policies.
Greg, your article morphs Clinton, Bush and other political elites into a single concept called "America" which you then insist is blameless. This is a dirty game because politicians and their horrible policies are not "America itself." Your artificial construct means that the people of the United States can never hold their politicians accountable for political policies. And that is a serious problem because our lives continue to be totally unnecessarily put at risk because of these illegal and immoral policies. These polices are precisely what enrage people into committing acts of terrorism against the U.S. in spite of the lies Guiliani and other politicians tell. "The politicians really are at great fault for not squaring with the American people. We're being attacked for what we do in the Islamic world, not for who we are or what we believe in or how we live. And there's a huge burden of guilt to be laid at Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton, both parties for simply lying to the American people." - Michael Scheuer, Former CIA Bin Laden Unit Chief
Greg, you can help stop these politicians from putting our lives at risk. The first step is to stop using the term "blame America." The next step is to call for an end to all illegal and immoral foreign policies.