Originally Posted by hanalei
Sorry sir you are incorrect.
Do me a favor and do your research on Sept 11 attacks, Osama's motives due to our desert storm presence in Iraq and Saudi, how we ousted him and his assets, Along with our current presence in Afghanistan.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks
Sept 11 Per wiki..
"Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, and in 2004, the group's leader, Osama bin Laden, who had initially denied involvement, claimed responsibility for the attacks.  Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia (see Desert Storm), and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. In May 2011, after years at large, bin Laden was located and killed."
OK, this has become a total sideshow and the thread is now about economic and tax issues, so I'll try not to make more of this than necessary.
Bin Laden is a member of a wealthy Saudi family. In the Gulf War Saudi Arabia acted as our allies, we deployed troops there and in Kuwait, but it was the Iraqis led by Saddam that we were fighting. We didn't start anything with Bin Laden then, his only complaint was that we had troops there at all. It wouldn't have been a reason to dislike us unless we were already friends with Israel, a predominantly christian nation, etc. We never really did anything against him personally until after 9/11.
Desert storm isn't mentioned at all in wikipedia's article on Bin Laden. He claims Desert Storm is a partial motivation in your quote; that's from the horse's ass's mouth, but I think that's more of an attempt to stir up support among those who dislike us, not a legitimate complaint. Many people dislike the US for myriad reasons (anything from WW2 onwards, including the Cold War, DS, all the smaller operations since then, and jealousy of our wealth or dislike of our religion/culture, I could go on) and Bin Laden wanted anyone willing to carry a gun or strap a bomb to their chest to join him. It's not like there wasn't resentment towards our military operations in SA as well as other places, but Desert Storm was directed at Iraq as a nation while Al Qaeda is a terrorist group with members all over.
What he claims as his motives are pure propeganda. I'm sure he said the prophet spoke directly to him and told him to attack Americans, but that doesn't make it the truth. He claimed homosexuality in the US as about an equal reason for the attacks. Similar to Hitler placing the blame for the post WWI recession on Jews. Did they ever do anything to him? Not really. But it got him followers, and rabid ones at that. In fact, I believe Bin Laden was quite anti-semetic as well.
So you are correct that he said 9/11 was retaliation for DS, but I have good reason not to trust his word; it's just not that simple. There's some truth to it probably, but I think we should agree it's not his primary motivation. He wouldn't have waited until 1999 and 2001 to attack if it were a primary factor. Had we never gone through with DS, I think he still would've tried to attack us because he's a lunatic anyway.
Anyway, I don't want you to be offended or think I'm arguing ad hominem. I respect and value your military service, I just feel strongly that DS was a more national conflict while 9/11 was a terrorist attack by an international group. Having had family members in the military, I know the military as well as the mainstream media often portray things in more simple terms (eg. Let's get them back for Pearl Harbor, 9/11, etc and ignore the complexities of international politics) because debating international politics is bad for morale and a distraction.