Shocking theory that the terrorists were not merely freedom-hating madmen but perhaps had some actual motive for their crime … [Afterall] it is a normal part of human experience that if you occupy, meddle, bully, and coerce, people who are affected by it all are going to get angry. You don't have to be Muslim to get the point.
The problem is that most … Americans think that America the country is much like their own neighborhood: peaceful, happy, hard working, law abiding. ... "Why would anyone hate us?"
The problem is that the military wing of the US government is very different from your neighborhood. After the Soviet Union crashed, US elites declared themselves masters of the universe, the only "indispensable nation" and the like. .... If we don't like your government, we can overthrow it. Meanwhile, we sought a global empire unlike any in history: not just a sphere of interest but the entire world. ...The bottom line: one-third of a million deployed troops in 134 countries in 1000 locations in foreign countries.
All during the 1990s, the US attempted to starve the population of Iraq. … Madelyn Albright said on national television that the deaths of 500,000 children (the UN's number) was "worth it" in order to achieve our aims, which were ostensibly the elimination of non-existent, non-US built weapons of mass destruction. Yes, that annoyed a few people. There were constant bombings in Iraq all these years.
[Excerpt of an article by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama]