Ron Rosenbaum observes:
The implication was evident: We deserved it. It would be a salutary lesson. It was the Pat Robertson wing of the Left in full flower: Sinful America deserved this Judgment from the sky. Crocodile tears could be shed for those people who died in the towers, but those buildings were so ugly, they were such eyesores, they were a symbol of globalist hubris— it was as if the terrorists who flew the planes into the towers were really architectural critics, flying Herbert Muschamps, not mass murderers.
More broadly, what confounds me is that urban form is seen by some of both Left and Right as a moral issue — as opposed to the more obvious, to me, analysis of it as the logical & simple result flowing from mis-use of an historically brand-new tool i.e. the automobile. Perhaps that's why I decline to hector our society. As one who makes oodles of mistakes, more each day, I have sympathy for persons and groups who makes mistakes. And I view our mis-use of the auto as simply a mis-take.