After 9/11, the American government commissioned this report – in an effort to understand what had happened. Americans have paid no attention to it – even though it explains the Islamic terrorist movement quite well.
But they did pay attention to their government’s reaction to it – the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Which they supported enthusiastically. Their logic was simple – they had tried to kill us, and we would now kill them.
And they were not too particular about who the enemy was – or even who was was going to kill them. As long as some people got killed – or locked up in Guantanamo.
This whole episode can stand as a case study in terrorism and counter-terrorism.