Or, to put it another way, that United States policy may have helped lead to that terrible day.
So let me go ahead and admit that, when I read this quote last night from Martin Luther King Jr.'s book "Where do we go from here":
Cries of black power and riots are not the causes of white resistance, they are the consequences of it.
I wrote "9/11?" as a note to myself in the margin. Please, no one tell Rudy Giuliani. A buddy of mine and I were drinking and talking a couple of months ago, and he said something that I thought was so well-put and simple that I wrote it down:
Let's just maybe stop and think for a second. ... Maybe something that we've done in the past is encouraging this behavior. ... The CIA knows about blowback.... If you piss somebody off, it's gonna cause a hatred. Doesn't mean it's your fault but tell me that doesn't mean s#@$. ... And of course if we leave (Iraq) that's another @#$% you.
Well put. And while I'm sounding like an unAmerican pinko coward of a commie anyway, let me share this quote, from the same King book, which King attributed to former federal Office of Economic Opportunity director Hyman Bookbinder:
The poor can stop being poor if the rich are willing to become even richer at a slower rate.
I'm not sure that's true. But if it is, we should get on that.