Immediately after 9/11 I made it a point to ask my friends, colleagues and acquaintances to tell me their first and their second thought that came to mind immediately when learning of the 9/11 attack.
I was quite shaken by the fact that a vast majority of Muslims spontaneously said “It cannot be us, because we are not so efficient that we can arrange such a logistic feat”.
Also interesting was a spontaneous reply by an American colleague. He told me “I would not be surprised that this was arranged by us (Americans)”. When asked for reasons he said: “I have lived in Central America for a long time and have seen the CIA in action.”
OK, if you insist: My first thought was: “What a fantastic logistical achievement” followed immediately by the second thought “and now the world will slip into disaster, because surely the USA will react in a wrong way (for promotion of world peace). – And so it happened.