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September 11, 2012

9/11: 11 Years Later

by Ijaz Ahmad

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

Note: This is an opinion piece by Br. Ijaz Ahmad and is not intended to represent the views of Calling Christians.

Today marks eleven years since the 9/11 terror attacks and what a turbulent eleven years its been. Before we get into the heat of things, I’d like to say that the 9/11 terror attacks was an attack on persons of all creeds, races and religions. The WTC had no specific religion, or race, the compounds attacked contained a plethora of persons, including Muslims. This attack should not be labelled, an American tragedy, a Christian tragedy, a Republican tragedy, but it should be labelled as a global tragedy. The whole world to this day, continues to feel the ramifications, the consequences of that ghastly event. Of the 2, 753 victims, let’s remind our right wing friends of the Muslims who also perished on that day:

Many seem to think that this was an attack by the Muslim world on the Western world, more so on America. The problem is that whether you believe that 19 Muslim men could orchestrate such a sophisticated attack despite the FBI and CIA, both knowing and tracking such persons, is beside the point. Or the fact that the 9/11 commission was fixed and great amounts of information was not taken into consideration, but ignored and discarded, thus creating the wrong conclusion as indicated by Senator John Farmer, see – [1], [2], is also not the crux of the issue. The real problem rests on blaming more than 1 Billion persons for the acts of 19 men. The American government has made this mistake before, directly after the Pearl Harbour attack (of which controversy also surrounds, see [1], [2], [3]), Japanese citizens were rounded up and placed in concentration camps, see – [1], [2], [3]. Yet, what did those Japanese citizens ever do to be put in concentration camps? The Nazis were clearly not the only ones who thought that camps were needed. So vindictive was the American government that they even bombed civilian populations to the extent that there were 275, 000 causalities (deaths and injuries, see [1]). This pattern has re-emerged with devastating effects. As a cause of 9/11, the American government has since contributed to or directly caused the following:

  • An illegal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, see –  [1], [2], [3].
  • An illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Initiated a proxy war by drones in Pakistan, see – [1], [2], [3], [4], [5].
  • Initiated a proxy war by drones in Afghanistan, see [1], [2], [3].
  • Bombed civilian populations in Afghanistan, see [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Bombed civilian populations in Iraq, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Bombed civilian populations in Pakistan , see – [1], [2], [3].
  • Bombed civilian populations in Libya, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Armed unstable non-FSA rebels in Syria, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Provided military aid which resulted in the siege of Gaza, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Provided military aid which resulted in the murder of 1, 600 Palestinians, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Provided military aid which resulted in the Georgia – Russian war, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Enabled the Patriot Act to spy on citizens, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Illegally detained and tortured persons without any reason, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Waterboarded unarmed civilians, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Kidnapped unarmed civilians, see - [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Murdered US citizens (a Father and Son), see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Provided Hosni Mubarak with aid, used against his own populace, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Contracted mass murder squads in Iraq, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Contracted mass murder squads in Pakistan, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Illegally murdered Saddam Hussein, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Attempted to control the internet via SOPA and PIPA, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Sunk into $16.02 Trillion Dollars in National Debt, see – [1], [2], [3].
  • Almost defaulted the American economy, see – [1], [2], [3].
  • Greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, see – [1], [2], [3].
  • Installed puppet leaders in Afghanistan who embezzled millions, if not billions, see – [1], [2], [3], [4].
  • Installed puppet leaders in Iraq who embezzled millions, if not billions, see – [1][2], [3][4].

Just as how the Japanese were stigmatized for something they themselves had not done, so are Muslims in America being targeted – see [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. The stigma even extends to children, see – [1] and Sikhs (because they wear turbans as Muslims do), see – [1]. Suddenly building a Masjid (the Muslim place of worship) is seen as a threat, see – [1], [2], although the threat’s non-existent, see – [1]. Being a Muslim politician is suddenly wrong, see – [1], and speaking out against governmental abuse gets you detained, see – [1]. Millions have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, see – [1], due to Bush’s ‘Crusade’, see – [1], even troops were supplied with Bible verses on their guns, see – [1], Bibles were even handed out by troops, see – [1]. Is this a war on terror or a war of terror? How can you continue to kill millions of Muslims in revenge for something they did not do? It’s time to wake up and understand, this isn’t a war on terrorism but a war on freedom. Whether you’re American, Arab or otherwise, we must not let the acts of a few irrational hegemonic politicians deter us from attempting to build bonds and heal. I say enough is enough, too much blood has been spilt, terrorists may have done one 9/11, but American/ NATO troops have mimicked and multiplied that figure far beyond our wildest fears.

wa Allaahu Alam,
and Allaah knows best.

 

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