We destroyed ourselves with our dumb 9/11 overreactions. It’s essential not to make the same mistake again.
Assuming the official story is right, then Al Qaeda got $7 million of effect for every dollar it spent on the attack–$7 million, to one. The ratio of harm inflicted on U.S. targets by the 9/11 attacks, to the financial harm the U.S. inflicted on itself reflects the same amplification. For every $1 of damage they did to us, we did $231 to ourselves. For every American that was killed in the attack, we sacrificed more than two on the battlefield. And that is all before we consider the instability we brought to the Middle East, the harm we did to our own freedoms, and the spectacular cost to our reputation abroad.
There is much we do not know, and much we many never know about ISIS and its objectives. We can, however be sure of this: ISIS would like the citizens of the West to surrender their liberties, while lashing out blindly into the dark.
In order to establish the system and government they prefer, big players in these ‘less developed’ countries support some religious fanatic or military groups and shoot and bomb others, the ‘wrong ones’. The religious, fanatic and massive hatred is being generated. And we receive the results. IV.