Well, at least we know now what we're fighting for. I remember being a naive and undereducated 23-year old when 9/11 happened; my very first reaction was, "What do they want?" It was a question that would turn out to get right to the point--and one I couldn't get a straight answer for. George W. Bush tried to tell me "They just hate freedom," but that seemed suspicious. My liberal friends tried to tell me it had to do with poverty and oppression and cultural imperialism. That also seemed suspicious.
I wonder how widely this point is understood. Do Americans who oppose the wars understand that they must also advocate the withdrawal of support of Israel if they wish to see the "War on Terror" ended from the perspective of the Terrorists? Do those who support the wars do so on a principled basis, or do they treat Israel as a special case--and if so, is that because of its supposed spiritual significance?
I am continually perplexed by how inexplicit most of this goes in media coverage. The war seems presumed inevitable, as if the terrorists oppose our essence... and maybe the war is inevitable. But if it is, I'd like to hear more about it.