A relevant question to these discussions seems to be: "Who Owns America?" Having read an introduction to Noam Chomsky's political views, and having observed all that has happened during this terrorist assault on the U.S.A. plus our response, it does seem that a wealthy international cartel representing about 2% of the world's population owns the U.S.A. and, behind the scenes (except when they slip up, as they often do), runs it.( You can find a very, very basic introduction to Chomsky's ideas that is part of a series published on major world figures like Jung, Freud, Mao, etc. and sells for about $9.95 in most bookstores and has cartoons to keep you interested! Ok, so I'm not proud! I peeked!) // A second relevant question is: "How do the people of the world get that tiny elite to act more responsibly in the face of international conflict and assaults on the U.S.A? Was it fair for the elite to approve invasion of Iraq to protect their vested oil interests and not take any care to have enough U.S. soldiers there to protect the Iraqi people from the ensuing mayhem? How can the people of the world appeal effectively to those who really own our country and, in a sense, the world? It grieves my heart that American citizens are pawns in the hands of an elite that, to millions, is invisible. Citizens get played off against each other and get emotionally upset over issues that aren't even the main ones! The elite should be the target of our efforts.