Maybe you misunderstood my post - no, the fact that I knew people in the WTC as did you, doesn't change anything. I think you glossed over the balance of my post and did not read it carefully enough. I will reitterate my point in a second as it may have not been clear enough but first, I have to get into your answer as to why it was our fault.
By your argument that the terrorists were financed by our oil money and therefore it was our fault - I would then say that your country and EVERY OTHER country which uses oil was also at fault! Can you seriously use that argument? If we didn't purchase oil, would this have not happened? Let me also ask you if there was someone in your town, or group of friends - or hell, someone just off of the street and they were arrogant, does that give you the right to punch them square in the nose? Does that somehow justify it? I think the problem is other countries say we are arrogant because we are so successful. It's merely an apperance of arrogance due to our success and their jealousy.
Does the fact that a girl is wearing a short skirt give you the right to rape her? Does it in any way justify it?
If I have a better car than you or more money (not saying I do ) and buy expensive things, does that give you the right to take them from me?
Of course not - they are absurd questions! So was your argument.
Also, my statement about Canada and her citizen's passive nature was not as clearly written as I had wished. Basically what I was saying is Canadians can afford to be passive and in many cases, in opposition to our attempts to make the world safer due to the fact that they are right next door to the strongest nation in the world. Your country can afford to be against us - it's merely weighing its options:
Option #1: Take a stand and support the US
Problem with option #1: The Terrorists will hate us and we may become the next target
Option #2: Take a stand against the US and the 'illegal' war.
Problem with option#2: The US will not be pleased but with its shared borders and long relationship, they will soon get over it.
It's quite obvious that they've chosen the easier path. We would never commit a terrorist act in a Canadian city. It's plain as night and day.
As far as your original post and the insensitive nature with which it was written...Do you actually, in your heart, believe that it was our fault? Our arrogance caused it? Ignorance, maybe but arrogance? We have never been more vigilant. We will try our very best to protect our country so this will never happen again. Your country will also benefit by association, as always.
I can only promise you this: We Americans are proud of who we are, how far our country has come in such a short time and our future has never been brighter. No country has helped others more and without strings attached. Simply look at all the aid and forgiven debt we have around the world. We are a good and moral people who are willing to stand up and fight for that in which we believe. If that offends you, well all I have to say is too bad. If that really offends you, then it is has proven to be jeaolosy. Nothing more or less.