I too was gung-ho about kicking terrorist asses. However, I recently watched a BBC documentary which will NEVER be aired in America, called 'the Power of Nightmares.' This is no Michael Moore-camera tricks-smoke and mirrors-BS. It was done by serious journalists who got important people on tape. One of these interviewers says that the name 'Al-Quaeda' was never heard until AFTER 9/11. But that is only the last piece of the puzzle. You see in this film bin Laden and Zawahiri team up and lead the RADICAL fundamentalists into banishment to Afghanistan. No muslim country supports their crazy beliefs just like most Christian Americans think Jerry Fallwell is a complete idiot. It shows bin Laden try harder each time he fails to gain popular support, going after bigger and more horrific targets. It really depicts him as a crazy Arab redneck with lots of money and Zawahiri as a radical Islamist intellectual with zero influence and several attempts at failed revolutions under his belt. 9/11 was their way to get onto our TVs and become the revolutionaries they always believed they could be. After interviews with CIA directors and agents you get a picture of al-Quaeda as a paper tiger. It's not a big spider web with 'sleeper cells' and 'splinter cells' and 'dirty bombs' all plotting all the time. It's more like some sheepherder says 'boy I'd like to get America big time by poisioning their water hole' and some guy he knows also knows somebody who also knows somebody and if you have a good enough idea they'll refer you to bin Laden who has the money to fund your idea. It's so non-organized that they can't find it because it probably doesn't exist. Think about it: they can't use internet, they can't use telephones, they can't use the post, they can't use banking. Do you think bin Laden really runs the revolution from some dank cave? He puts out the tapes to remind everyone that the 'revolution' is still going on (even though it never was). I have wondered about many of these things over the recent years and I believe I've suggested this before: 9/11 was not any sort of master terrorist plot. Think about it. It doesn't scare any Americans from their daily routines. The IRA, the Basques, Chechen rebels, they go after small targets that systematically lower public morale. They go after commuter trains, the London Tube, buses, cinemas. If I can liken it to poker, you bet small to lure everyone in. You don't bet high or everyone backs off before you can take their money. That's what 9/11 was, a bad gamble. It was fantastic and made for great TV but it was probably the fantasy of some brimstone miner that made it to the ears of bin Laden, who by that point was desperate to prove his revolution had teeth. At any rate, al-Quaeda was never named until after 9/11 when bin Laden was eager to claim his role in the attacks. NEM, if you can download this film it will verify many things you have wondered about and also blow your mind in some ways. You should see the sections on Wolfowitz, Rummy, and Cheney. They are very interstingly juxtaposed against bin Laden and Zawahiri.