Originally Posted by Minister_of_Information
There's a reason the historians wait about 50 years before they rewrite history into something more objective.
One other observation: the intuitive sense, or really hope, that the status quo hasn't killed us yet and therefore isn't likely to kill us in the future leads us to prefer complacency and inaction over foresight and prevention, and this is the precise attitude that prefigured 9-11. Hope is not a plan.
In other words, forgo the non-aggression principle and just make aggressive, "preventive" warfare the foundation of your foreign policy. Or something like that.