A professor at the University of Colorado has attempted to answer the question, and has come under attack from all sides for doing so.
In his treatise "Some People Push Back", Ward Churchill states what should be painfully obvious to any informed American. The sad thing is that most Americans are far from informed. So when faced with the truth, they deny it. They make excuses, and they blame the messenger.
Perhaps the most contrversial segment of "Some People Push Back" deals with the supposid innocense of the people who died on 9/11:
There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .
Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see.
More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.
I agree that it's harsh, but then I've always been a fan of harsh. What's more important is that it's true.
A lot of money has been made over the years by exploiting the Iraqi people. It hasn't stopped. It just looks different now.
george w. bush has just abused the Iraqis to the tune of 100,000 dead and rising. He'll pay off the survivors, who will in turn abuse the next generation. In the end it's all about money. Power over those who would be equal.
The Middle East isn't like the West where we've learned to just lie down, and take it.
Maybe that's why they didn't want a discussion about why 9/11 happened. Maybe they were afraid that Americans would realise that bush is just anther dictator. He tells us we are free, but we really aren't. Money controlls us all from the minute we're born, and the doctor slaps us with the bill.
9/11 occured because some people really are willing to fight for their freedom.
A concept that today's American just can't accept.