In the wake of the immense tragedy of the recent attacks on American soil it is difficult to get beyond the horror and shock of what has just happened and engage in serious reflection on the sources of violence against the United States. This is understandable given the almost unbelievable nature of this attack. Yet it is more necessary than ever if one is to find ways to prevent such attacks in the future.
At the close of the article a bit of sanity and fair judgment show up:
"Military solutions to the problems in the Middle East and the terrorism that has resulted from these problems is not a policy but a recipe for more violence and bombings."
However, embedded throughout the essay is the assertion that Bin Laden was the mastermind behind 911; and worse still, the article works from the assumption that the Arab world is the guilty party... having attacked the West.
This posture is repeated more than once.
But it doesn't mention the type of U.S./NATO invasions into Arab lands--a form of violence that hardly began just after 911--until its conclusion.
When someone uses a reference like, "Not all Arabs are terrorists," it still reinforces the idea that Arabs are terrorists.
I am not going to take the time to deconstruct the various times references of this sort are placed throughout the essay.
If such an essay is not disinformation, it sure comes close.