Similarly, the attacks of September 11th were wrong and Osama Bin Laden can justly be condemned for them (even more than the highjackers
themselves), but the US must recognize that in promoting neo-Zionism it has a share of moral responsibility for the attacks as well.
Bandar was one of the first high officials to meet with the President after the attacks, both fully aware of the backlash that was to come when it was clear that the majority of the highjackers
were Saudis, like their inspiration, Osama bin Laden.
As Bruce Lincoln points out, this finger-pointing implicitly minimizes the guilt of the 9/11 highjackers
by shifting it towards "enemies within," those renegades who resist fundamentalism's attempt to impose its private nostalgia upon modern society.
Of those, 41 were approved by visas issued by an American consulates in Saudi Arabia--14 of the September 11 highjackers
One of Bush's major justifications for these measures was the imprisonment in April of 75 dissidents and the execution of three highjackers
in Cuba (see NotiCen, 2003-05-08).
The profile was based on a detailed study of the known characteristics of identified airline highjackers
, and it highlighted approximately twenty-five characteristics, primarily behavioral.
When the passengers on Flight 93 confronted their highjackers
and brought the plane down in Pennsylvania, they used violence, but the context defines those actions for most Americans as valiant and admirable.
Bush faced the most dramatic and violent challenge to his international role as leader of the West when suicide pilots and highjackers
crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, and into a corner of the vast Pentagon in Washington.
Where else, but from the industrialized world, did the suicide highjackers
learn that huge explosions and death above a city skyline are a peculiar and effective form of communication?
Eventually the story emerged of how the highjackers
managed to enter and stay in the United States and how they plotted and carried out their attack.
During several weeks following the attacks, I couldn't sleep for more than an hour or two without having vivid, frightening nightmares, always with the same plot: me, on a plane, wrestling the highjackers
to defeat, saving the day.
Fifteen of the 19 highjackers
on September 11 came from Saudi Arabia.
His youthful picture was in the passport of one of the highjackers
who flew jets into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
Sheldon said while all the September 11 highjackers
were Muslims, it is incumbent on those in government to recognize that all Muslims are not terrorists.
Alongside the practical and personal reporting - How did the highjackers
get on to the planes?