A few days ago the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks came and went. It prompted me to recall something I'd concluded years ago. There were well over a dozen suspicion-arousing oddities about both the attacks and their context, one of which was the long wait between the attacks and Washington's invasion of Afghanistan.

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Those attacks called for a swift response, and there could have been one. Bombing could have commenced in less than 24 hours and more than 2,000 U.S. troops could have been in that country, looking for Mr. Bin Laden, within 10 days. But it was nearly a month before either of those things happened.

What was that long delay about? It almost looks like the Bush/Cheney regime wanted to give Osama plenty of time to get away from U.S./NATO firepower. Keep the Bogey Man out there so as to keep the Western populations scared. Scared enough to accept a surveillance state and some long, long wars that the neo-cons had been wanting for years.

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RICHARD MILLER, Thermopolis 



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