Twenty years ago this morning, several kooks from Middle Eastern countries flew four commercial passenger jets to their dooms with innocent people aboard, in an attempt to bring the United States of America to its knees.
If Osama bin Laden were still alive today -- as he would be if then-Vice President Joe Biden had had his druthers back in 2011 -- he would be kicking himself for believing the way to do that was with terrorism. Rather, he should simply have funneled money to his would-be protector's political campaigns like so many other corruptocrats and enemies of Western civilization have done over the course of his career.
It would have taken decades, and the results would have been less spectacular than the collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers, but it would have had the advantage of succeeding -- as it appears to have done without Osama's money.
Instead, it appears poor Osama served only as a distraction, a sacrificial target for Western wrath and preparation while civilization's true enemies made good their ambition by other means.
And we fell for it.
Fool me once...