Cfalk, but the Sept 11th plotters formed up in Hamburg, Germany, the leading members studying like so many 1000's of others from the region, taking care not to commit any crimes there or draw attention to themselves generally.
Some came indoctrinated, others, including the 'pilot' of UA93, were indoctrinated in situ.
(He was almost dropped, the leader, Atta, felt he was not committed enough, he had after all married a secular Turkish Muslim girl, perhaps that hesitation from him shown in the film?)
They did their pilot training in the USA, over an extended period.
Most came from Saudi, so the logic would be to have invaded that state in retaliation.
The same Saudi that has promoted extreme Whabbism for a long time, well outside it's own borders too.
(Was that a hoped for secondary intention? To provoke a US fracture with Saudi?)
None came from Iraq, or Iran, both states had zero to do with the plot or with Bin Laden, why the US Vice President, has chosen to repeat what he must know are falsehoods in this respect, is unclear.
(Then again, why believe anything 'Bunker Cheney' says?)
Why did OBL
approve and fund the 'Planes Operation'?
His failure. That is, after years of trying to promote extreme Islamist uprisings throughout the Arab/Muslim world, he found by 1997, they had all been abject failures.
His deputy and 'Spiritual Advisor' the Egyptian Al-Zawari, a massive influence on OBL
, had the answer, from what he saw as his personal experience.
Since he had been one of the leading lights in the assassination of Sadat in 1981, the intention was that this event would cause an uprising by the masses, to over-throw the Western backed, increasingly secular but very oppressive and corrupt regime.
Didn't happen, not a trace.
He concluded that Western influence had so corrupted the Muslim masses, they could no longer think clearly.
This was repeated, in his mind, through the 1990's, in Algeria, in Egypt again, Yemen and others, all total failures.
The nadir was in Algeria, where the remaining tiny rump of Islamists, after an indescribably bloody and indiscriminate terror campaign and severe repression from the military government, declared that ALL
Algerian society, save for this tiny group led by a goat farmer, were so corrupted by not supporting them, they should ALL
For Al-Zawari, it was deja vu, the only way to reduce Western 'corruption' of Muslim minds, would be to strike heavily at the source, primarily but not exclusively, the US.
All those consumer goods, the banks, all that entertainment pumped out by the US, had to be struck at.
This was the main rationale behind Bin Laden's declaration in 1997, in public, to reporters, that he would focus on the 'far enemy'. Not try to overthrow the 'Near Enemy' until this influence was reduced .
It started the next year at US Embassies in Africa, we all know the rest.
They do 'hate our freedoms', but not in the self aggrandising way this is usually put.