It is not over freedom, it is for an Islamist superstate. It is so easy to get caught up in what happened on 9/11 and not reflect on the strategy behind it. This essay is some of the best analysis I’ve read on this issue — though I can’t remember how I happened upon it.
Updated 10/7: Just read the most amazing analysis of the insurgencies in Iraq. Unfortunately it seems our current strategy feeds the insurgency rather than calming it. I remember hearing on TV recently that a “short insurgency” lasts 5 years….