At a peace vigil in London on 22 September, what seemed to bother the protesters more than anything was America's 'attitude'.
A war against terrorism works well in words - but the reality is proving more problematic.
As some of the individuals behind the attacks on America emerge as wealthy and Western-educated, perhaps we should aim our questions closer to home.
The world is being reorganised in response to the events of 11 September.
As the dust clears over the scenes of carnage, it is worth asking what these events and the reaction to them can tell us about the world we live in now.