Notes: Americans are taught to accept cultural diversity. Thus, it must have been a surprise to most Americans to learn that the Islamic extremists of Al Qaeda truly hate us and truly want to destroy us -- It was to me. It matters not to them what your beliefs are, whether you're good or evil, or even if you would have been accepting of them. They simply hate you for being American. That is the definition of bigotry. Unfortunately, some Americans have that kind of blind hatred toward others. It comes from an inability to see individuals, but instead to see a person who they don't even know as a symbol of their frustration and hatred regardless of what that individual's beliefs are or what he's like. It's a lazy way of thinking. 11.11.01