Don't get me wrong... I'm angry. I'm not angry at anything or anyone in particular, though, because I understand terrorism. Terrorism is part of modern warfare designed to hurt an enemy until they give up. It's a way to fight against powers that cannot be fought and won against on the open battlefield. It's worth remembering that the American Revolution was led by a bunch of terrorists... British leaders and local authorities were assassinated, Royalists had their houses burnt to the ground in the middle of the night, etc.
The U.S. (and that means US) have been struck at, no doubt because of our complicity in allowing U.S. government policies that have led to the death and dispossession of millions of Arabs. In 1947, the U.S. government gave half of Palestine to the Israelis, regardless of the feelings of millions of Arabs. The Arabs, essentially denied justice at the U.N., went to war against Israel. When they lost a series of wars against the Israelis (due largely to U.S. arms) the Israelis took even more land, violating U.N. resolutions in the process. We supported them all the way, blocking the Arabs at the U.N. at every turn. The U.S. has armed Israel to the teeth ever since, giving a small, wealthy nation more foreign aid than any other country and giving them access to our latest weapons.
Some people might think that this is Anti-Israeli. I don't think so. I think that Israel is built on a huge injustice, and that the U.S. is complicit in this injustice. The act of giving someone's land to someone else is fundamentally anti-American... essentially it's like violating the fourth amendment of the Bill of Rights, only on a international scale.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."
WE as a nation are the people responsible for seizing the land of Palestine through the auspices of the U.N., denying the Palestinians the rights that we would demand ourselves.
No, what makes me mad is the inevitability of it all... how the violence has escalated on all sides. How the might of the U.S. government will now be turned against not terrorists, but nations, and probably on a fundamental basis against the entire Arab world. How we will, through a need for security, probably have to give up that much more freedom in the process. How violence and repression against Arabs will only further polarize their nations, making sane, progressive Arab leaders appear to be "the enemy" to their own people, while giving more power to the radicals... breeding a new generation of terrorists and making sure the violence never ends. What makes me mad is how peace and justice will be trampled in a largely futile attempt to strike back against an invisible enemy that cannot be vanquished. We will target the effect without addressing the cause... we're going to make more martyrs for Allah and create a whole new generation of young Arabs that want to grow up to become terrorists.
I know in my heart that the conflict between Arabs and Israelis can end and that the U.S. can bring about true peace if it was strictly dedicated to a just, fair settlement of the Palestinian issue... but the U.S. has been unwilling to compel Israel to really give up land (or money) for peace. Want peace in the Middle East? Fine. Give the Palestinians half of their country, as described in U.N. Resolution 181. Pay the Palestinian people for the land that was taken from them. Give exiled Palestinians a way to live in Israel, perhaps if they choose to refuse their share of any compensation. Allow Israelis to live democratically in Palestine, too.
It will be expensive and painful to bring about a fair, generous peace -- the kind of peace needed to undermine Arab radicalism and gradually bring an end to the conditions that cause terrorism. Until we do so, we are essentially making a judgement -- how many deaths are we willing to tolerate because we are unwilling to pay the price of peace? Until we address our complicity for our country's actions, we have no reason to expect peace. Blood or money... it's our choice.