I had trouble sleeping the other night and while browsing around youtube I came across a video posted by someone who was filming in New York City as 9/11 unfolded.  I generally dont watch this sort of thing but clicked on it and was surprised to find rare insight by a female photographer he was walking with.  While most Americans still seem to think that terrorists hate us for our freedoms, this woman had it figured out after the planes hit and while the towers were on fire but still standing.  The video should start at 3:03:

Here is the transcript:

Female Photographer:

Oh theres so many dead people I wonder what George Bush is going to do nowits about time we wake up and fucking stop fucking with other peopleand they will stop fucking with us.  evil.

Its pretty much common sense, but the very idea that the people who are out to do us harm have any sort of legitimate complaints against us is a difficult subject to broach with most Americans.   The facts remain thought that terrorist activity against us is a result of blowback.

On this point I cant recommend enough the book Blowback The Cost and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson.

Blowback is unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government. To the civilians suffering the blowback of covert operations, the effect typically manifests itself as random acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are ignorant of the effected secret attacks that provoked revenge (counter-attack) against them.

Heres a link to the book:  http://www.amazon.com/Blowback-Consequences-American-Empire-Project/dp/0805075593

If you want to understand how we got to where we are in the world today, this book explains it.