Oi, this is a toughy. *Everyone has truth in their statements, and that is the problem.
Both Scotty and TAW have valid points, even if those points may not exactly address one another.
At any rate, I don't know who started it, us or them, there have always been nut-jobs on both sides.
But now that it's been started, let's stop trying to assign blame, and figure out how to fix it. *There's a couple of solutions:
1) destroy the problem utterly - downside is the rest of the world might not like us very much.
2) continue on our current course of action, which though it has right NOW caused more attacks (can't expect them to sit back and let us get 'em quietly), eventually we'll get enough that the attacks will dwindle away.
3) attack the underlying cause of terrorism itself - this can only be done with education
4) comine 2 & 3. *This is the only viable solution in my book. *You have to take out what trash there is, but also prevent more trash from getting created so you don't have to keep running in circles.
And, for goodness sake, Bug is absolutely right. Let's stop being so darn dependant on their oil. Will allow us much more leverage.