Dean Barbour’s provocative views on the causes of 9/11 and the War on Terror are the ultimate in political incorrectness according to current mainstream American media standards. That reason alone would explain why “there is still no meaningful national conversation” on the subject.
I don’t disagree with Mr. Barbour’s fundamental contention that there are many flaws in America’s foreign policy and that these flaws create the anti-American sentiment which is widespread in Middle East countries. However, any meaningful conversation would have to include the giant skeleton in the closet: the role of religion, which fans hatred and suspicion against non-believers in the name of “God/Allah,Jehova etc.”
Unfortunately, religious fanaticism exists in every corner of the planet, including the U.S.A., and unfortunately this subject is even more taboo than that of foreign policy. Until we come face to face with the historic fact that religion is the root of much of the evil and social unrest that pollutes this planet, there will be Americans at war even with other Americans. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for a meaningful national conversation on this subject.
All of that having being said, NOBODY deserves the type of “payback” perpetrated on 9/11