By Gary Keenan
Letters editor, The Vancouver Sun
Re: Guest Editorial, “In the global war, Islam isn’t the enemy; Islamism is,” Sept. 3.
The Ottawa Citizen guest editorial’s contention that al-Qaida hates the U.S. “because of what it is – namely, a capitalist democracy that embraces religious freedom, women’s rights and MTV” rather than “because of its foreign policy” was rejected by the U.S.
Senate’s 9/11 Commission.
In its recently released report the commission declares that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the “mastermind of the 9/11 attacks” and concludes that his “animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”
Gary D. Keenan