Neither the attack on Pearl Harbor nor September 11 was the result of a sudden decision of hate. The Japanese attacked us to prevent us from getting involved in a later war the Japanese were planning on waging, not to destroy us in any real sense, and not because they hated us.The September 11 attacks were the product of hate and destructive impulse, but not sudden by any means. That extremists in the middle east hate the US is not sudden--we had this habit for a while of messing with the Middle East as long as it did us good against the Soviets, and we left a lot of flaming wreckage, so it's not really without warning either.Additionally, the nature of these two attacks was entirely different--means, intent, result, and the reasonble effect of vigilance.More importantly, it does us a disservice as people to cast our enemies as incomprehensible and irrational. They are people, and they have fears and motivation just like other people. They may hate us more than is warranted, but their malice didn't come from nowhere.
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