I believe he means it is a global event because so many foreign nationals died on that day as well.
No I meant what I said
But how would you consider a group of people carrying out an attack in America against American interests / symbols / etc a global event?
You hit the nail on the head with symbols, and I applaud you because many people over look that. Throwing aside all the Hollywood, fast food, lazy, sterotypical perversions of what is "American," the U.S. stands behind and represents these basic tenets-
1. Democracy is preferable to (fill in any repressive form of government)
2. Peace is preferable to war
3. Capitalism is preferable to (fill in any regulated form of economy)
4. Exportation of these ideals is not only necessary, but a duty
American's don't always
fufill these ideals, but they
are in esscene who we
are. Look around, post-WWII and post-9/11, the U.S. has done a damn good job exporting these ideas, with blatantly obvious exceptions.
What many American's (especially
Republicans) fail to realize, is that these are liberal
ideas. Not libertarian, but liberal in the sense that power to the people, peace, and economic competition are all really liberal and forward thinking when you consider it.
A whole lot of people resent Americans for this, but the majority of them resent the bastardization of these ideas more than anything else. They don't hate democracy, they hate having 20 McDonnalds on one block of Berlin. They don't hate capitalism, they hate being overrun by stupid American trends. They don't hate peace, they hate knowing their national foreing policy doesn't always have the place in the sun it had in older days.
But Al-Queda and simmilar elements do. And in hating these values so, they also hate every western democracy and a good number of eastern nations. America is place in the sun right now, probably will be there for a while, but Al-Queda marks the new illiberal
regime for this era. They don't want progress, they aren't freedom fighters any more than the Nazi's and Soviets were, and they are fighting a hopeless cause.
With the exception of Pharonic Egypt, illiberal regimes are always short-lived, and end in crushing defeat. Unfortunatly, this makes Al-Queda a very desperate entity, who will likely persue highly destructive means of "persuasion" (like nuclear weapons) to make their hopeless point.
Okay... I've made my pitch, I'll shut up now