Thanks, jcat. You know, when I first watched Loose Change, it almost got me. I think one of the reasons that people find it hard to accept what really happened, because it shouldn't have. It is painfully apparent that things went wrong, and caused an astounding loss of innocent life. We should have been prepared, we shouldn't have assumed it could never happen to us, we should have been better organized to deal with the reality of the threats of the current world today, and not with Cold War threats. Some people seem to find it easier to decide that our government was against us, not just that ineptitude and naivete made it possible for Al Qaeda to hit us at home, where it really hurts. And currently, Al Qaeda is still a mysterious and shadowy threat, hard to pin down. Our own government is more familiar, and it's much easier to think that "they" (as paranoid conspiracists often name their enemy) did it, as it's much easier and most importantly, does not require us to examine how we live, to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, to realize that maybe not every single thing that goes on in this world is our business... Maybe we really did make a mistake when we left bin Laden and his fellow soldiers in the lurch in the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets. Not a mistake that should have cost innocent lives, but a faux pas certainly. When 9/11 first happened, I did think that the ties between the Bush family and the bin Laden family were very interesting (and those, at the very least, are proveable), that the bin Ladens were flown out of the country before it was publicly announced that a family member had been behind it all... but everyone has someone in their family who does things they do not agree with, including me, and my friends certainly don't endorse it.
It is astounding the absolute refusal that everyone has to learn any lessons from 9/11. What the hijackers did is inexcusable, is an abandonment of the faith they presume to be at war for, etc, and I'm not defending them. But they are humans, they had reasons for what they did that made perfect sense to them, and for some reason nobody ever talks about them. Nobody wants to admit that America isn't infallible. And that, I fear, is what may cause the next attack.