What have we learned from 9/11? Very little, obviously
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 8:01 pm
By: Glen Spicer Special to the Messenger
By GLEN SPICER
Here we are once again, but have we progressed or have we simply passed the time? Where are we? In less than a two weeks we will be at the same place we were when on Sept. 11, 2001, we experienced the most tragic attack upon our citizenry in our country’s history. It was eight months into a new president’s term, that of George W. Bush. It had been just over eight years since the first Twin Towers attacks of 1993.
And now we are eight months into a new president’s term, that of Barack H. Obama, and eight years since the last Twin Towers attack that killed about 3,000 innocent Americans on what we have enshrined as 9/11. But what lessons have we learned since that fateful day? Or have we learned anything at all.
America has become changed into a country that embraces the plague of “politically correctness.”
It exhibits itself in every arena, from ignoring vast cultural differences to race itself. It no longer is “proper” to speak of things which we need to address so important things get ignored.
Of the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 tragedy, all were Arabic all were followers of Islam, and all came from state-sponsored terrorist states. But this fact cannot be considered and all Muslims or those of Middle-Eastern appearance cannot be looked at any closer than the little old, hunched-over white grandmother with a walker when accessing our national security.
Racial profiling has become a dirty phrase that we run from acting upon even though it narrows the field of suspects dramatically.
While all Muslims or Middle-Easterners certainly are not terrorists, we move today upon the assumption that none of them are, in direct contradiction to the fact that they continue to proclaim loudly their determination to attack “The Great Satan” America.
Today, for fear of offending someone, anyone, law enforcement cannot consider ethnic characteristics when searching for threats to society. This makes no sense at all. It disallows the use of the greatest tool we have, profiling. We profile on the basis of background. We profile on the basis of attitudes and behaviors but cannot profile someone by the obvious, the outward characteristics of their appearance.
So, again, I ask, have we learned anything since 9/11 that will help us to prevent another attack when we are forced to ignore the fact that 100 percent of those responsible for 3,000 deaths were identifiable by their ethnicity?
If we knew that purple people, for instance, railed against the United States, planned and carried out attack after attack on the U.S. both here and abroad, would it even make a case for common sense to ignore purple people when looking for plots against our country? Profiling erases that tool and we are stumbling in the dark.
One of the greatest dangers of this is evident in the fact that today, in America, there are over 1,200 mosques in the United States that operate secretly and without scrutiny of any kind.
Mosques all over the world have been linked to terrorist activity and the training of terrorists.
In America we think that mosques are the same as the churches we are familiar with, but mosques are different. They are training grounds for every aspect of Muslim life, even to the promotion of anti-American teachings, hatred for unbelievers, especially Americans and Jews. Schoolbooks supplied by Saudi Arabia have been found to contain such teaching. It is inherent in Islam.
As of 2002, Saudi Arabia had spent $70 billion to fund 80 percent of the mosques in the United States. As early as 2003, several reports were made to the U.S. government that spoke of funds coming from Saudi Arabia that was used to finance religious schools and other activities that support hatred, intolerance and violence practiced by Islamic militants and extremists around the world.
Saudi cleric Shaikh Saad al-Buraik spoke at a government mosque in 2002 and said, “Muslim Brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?”
Of America he said, “I am against America until life ends, until the Day of Judgment.” “She is the root of all evils, and wickedness on earth.”
So has America learned from 9/11? It seems that our drive to be more tolerant of all things anti-American, to accept the responsibility for being the cause of their hatred, to turn our heads in the name of religious freedom and allowing mosques to operate without us even being curious of what goes on in them, and the “sensitivity training” programs our government officials, even Secret Service and FBI agents to help them see Islam as a “Religion of Peace” in spite of what is preached from their mosques, proves that we did not learn our lesson.
The ACLU and liberals in Washington are more concerned about terrorists’ civil rights than prosecuting them for killing and plotting to kill you and I. This current administration’s soft approach to terrorists, event to discontinuing to call them terrorists but rather “enemy combatants” as a way to conform to PC standards, proves that America is not “out of the woods” when it comes to the determined hatred aimed at her.
And take notice, these things have been allowed and have happened after 9/11. Before we could have pleaded ignorance. Today we cannot. When attacked again, we will have cooperated with the attackers if we continue to allow Saudi-dominated Wahhabi mosques to shape the Islamic agenda here in the U.S. and continue to allow them to openly finance anti-American groups on our soil while we chose blindness over wisdom.
On the upcoming anniversary of our worst attack, it becomes evident that in the eight years since 9/11, we are more concerned about bowing at the altar of political correctness than learning from history and protecting the citizens of the United States. How many 9/11’s will it take before we learn that “playing nice” with them will not earn their respect nor will it deter them on their global mission. It only makes us appear weak and that only makes us easy prey, and victims, not victors. And to me, for one, that is unacceptable. For America that is also unacceptable.
Glen Spicer, a Troy resident, is a longtime contributor to The Messenger.
Published in The Messenger 9.2.09