Burning Books While Nero Fiddles: Nine Years After 9/11
Nine years ago this banner overlooked the smoking crater of what had been the proud location of World Trade Centers 1 & 2. The images of that day are forever seared into my memory. But I appear to be in a dwindling minority, everyone, especially in the press, seems to have forgotten. When I look around today I hear the shrill voices of apologists claiming the attacks of 9/11 weren’t really so bad, Muslims have a right to build a mosque in debris field of the WTC, evil Christians burning Korans, terrified generals begging them not to, and somewhere in the background the Ground Zero Mosque Imam is threatening violence if the Mosque location is forced to move. What do all these things have in common? Fear of Islam and a continued exhibition of Stockholm Syndrome.
Did America Overreact to 9/11?
Fareed Zakaria was lambasted in many conservative blogs for his Newsweek piece in which he declared the we overreacted to the attacks of 9/11. Like many of Zakaria’s pieces he throws out some titillating phrase but if you read what he is saying it is arguable. Zakaria makes some great points but his premise that Al Qaeda lacks the capability to make a serious attack ignores the reason.
Clearly on September 11, 2001 Al Qaeda not only had the capability but exercised it. They hijacked four jetliners and used them as huge bombs to kill nearly 3,000 people in three separate locations. The response was indeed overwhelming and quite devastating. Zakaria is correct when he writes that today Al Qaeda can barely coordinate a single underwear bomber attack outside it’s home region. However, it was the overwhelming use of American military might that made this reality. Barring that very violent and seemingly excessive use of force, terror attacks on American soil might be a monthly or weekly occurrence. Zakaria seems to be missing the cause and effect, surprising since his book Post American World is about just that.
I agree with some of Zakaria’s concerns about an endless war on terror but I suspect Fareed is more fearful of radical Islam than convinced it has been defeated, but this too is debatable.
Burning Books: A Hot Topic
Meanwhile America is all abuzz about some small town pastor of an insignificant church who is angry and wants to burn Qurans. Yes I agree, it is unnecessary, provocative, and wrong. However, Pastor Terry Jones’ church only has 50 members, hardly worth paying attention to a small group of rednecks protesting. In spite of the name Dove World Outreach has hardly impacted anyone outside the Florida college town of Gainesville – until now. Why has this become a global issue? Because some jerk in the press knew publishing this story would make big news. Even though it is basically a non-story.
Demonizing the idiot pastor rolls off left-wingnut tongues without so much as a moment’s notice that their position is diametrically opposed to their position on the NY mosque. They want to obstruct the rights of the CHRISTIAN who, as stupid as his event is, wants to exercise his rights, because it incites Muslims. However, they are happy to accommodate and encourage, heck even pay for, the building of a mosque that offends and incites Americans.
Now the publicity has stirred up a large number of radical and less radical Muslims worldwide. Chanting, shooting guns into the air, threatening death to anyone they can tie to this no name church, these Muslims are only proving Rev. Jones right. These people are generally irrational, thin-skinned, and violent.
If Muslims burned a church down it would not even make the back page of any newspaper in America. In fact, worldwide Muslims kill more Christians and burn more Bibles and churches than all the Koran-burning Christians in the world.
So why are Sean Hannity, General Petraeus, and virtually every newscaster and politician so obsessed with this story? They fear Islam. They know these people look for reasons to riot, attack, and kill. They are actually correct in their fears but they are ignoring a fact. America is still a free nation and freedom is not for wimps.
In my opinion the reporter who took this from obscurity and placed it in the face of a billion Muslims should be fired. Perhaps even shipped over to Iraq and forced to write about the dangers of being a Christian in a Muslim nation.
Now That We Got You Scared…
So now that everyone even Sarah Palin is worried about offending Islam the Ground Zero Imam wastes no time latching on to this public expression of fear. If you hate America and want a victory monument built within the debris zone of the WTC, now you have another justification to build it.
That religious tolerance argument isn’t cutting it? Well, try fear.
That’s right that peaceful moderate Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf is now threatening America’s safety if the Mosque is forced to move. Imam Rauf now claims that he must build the mosque in Lower Manhattan, in spite of angry protests, in order to protect America against “danger from the radicals in the Muslim world to our national security.”
So let me get this straight. We MUST allow a victory mosque to be built where the landing gear fell from one of the attacking hijacked planes so those same hateful bastards won’t attack us again. This is the very definition of insanity.
Thank GOD (or is it Allah) we have Imam Faisal to protect us. Oh but wait, Fareed Zakaria told us they aren’t capable of hurting us. So why the hell are we all running scared about a redneck burning a book or asking that a mosque not be built on the site of Islam’s most hateful violent act?
If we don’t straighten up and start acting like Americans again soon, we’ll wake up and find ourselves living in a Dhimmi nation. Americans don’t appreciate or understand in Islam, especially radical Islam, peaceful coexistence only exists when non-Muslims are dominated and forced to live under Islamic law – as second class citizens.
Does “acting like Americans” mean we bully other nations? I don’t think it should, but it should mean we don’t apologize for being free and we don’t cower and grovel before religious bullies whose capabilities don’t match their big bombastic mouths.