We now face a new menace in the Mideast: a body of fanatics (armed with weapons we left) who will kill anybody who gets in the way of their turning the clock back to 1500. They're openly threatening the US.
Once again politicians dance around the real problem. It's not terrorism. It's not even Dubya's "evildoers."
No public figure has the guts to call the enemy by its real name: RELIGION. A vicious, ineradicable set of shared beliefs that is responsible for 90% of the armed conflict in the world (and Muslims are involved in 90% of that). 9/11 was driven by religion -- specifically, by the presence of foreigners on their holy soil, i.e., the whole country of Saudi Arabia. We left quietly a few years later.
Sunnnis and Shi'ites slaughter each other over who Mohammed's heir should be. Most Americans aren't aware of the difference, and why should they be? Who cares? But it matters a great deal to the Muslims - because that's how they've been programmed. In Nigeria, animists (I think) are fighting Christians and Muslims. Such insanity! Such horror over stories that didn't happen!
It seems to me that religion gets a moral pass, which is even more significant than its humongous tax breaks. Should secular humanists be more vocal in identifying religion as the source of so much human suffering?