Arhar - I never said that. TomB and (I believe) Griffith claimed that I said that, but they were lying. I think I said something more like 'an attack like this was coming' and that you could see that it was rooted in American foreign policy decisions. I think both points, even put together, stop short of 'the US deserved it' whch I was repeatedly misquoted as saying, a long with a number of other things which people claimed I had said. I simply refuse to see the US as a shining white knight. It acts out of self interest as much as any other nation, and as it is more powerful it`s influence is felt more widely and warps the deal more in its favour. *I dont doubt that a hundred years ago the British Empire was as bad and worse.* The way that US policy has developed in the Arab world over the last fifty years has caused great tension and hatred among fundamentalists (ie, arab patriots). That is the root cause of the attack - US insensitivity towards the wishes of Islamic Foreign Policy Actors. And similarly, the attack WAS coming, because US security towards the possibility of terrorist attack was so lax that a major mainland terrorist strike was inevitable. BUT dont brand me an anti-American or anything. Just because you, as a fundamentalist American, choose to link your fortunes, and the fortunes of all Americans, inextricably to the State, does not mean that I also do so. When I criticise US policy I do not criticise the country of America. I criticise the individuals in power who made those decisions. When I say Bush is a lobotomised gibbon who I wouldnt trust to peel a banana let alone run a country, it says nothing of what I think of America, especially considering you didnt even vote him into office. Too many of my posts have been read without anybody bothering to consider them from my perspective, and instead have been misread and had their meanings twisted to something else. And in some cases people straight up made up lies about me and what I had said in order to make other people attack me. Oh well.