When a huge and obvious act of evil occurs, you would think the world would rally around and agree on it. A good experiment of that was on September 11, 2001, when a group of Moslems hijacked some planes and flew them into the Pentagon, killing all on board and some on the ground, and also flew some planes into the World Trade Center, killing a large number of people and leaving us with unforgettable scenes of people jumping to their deaths through fire and destruction. In one plane the passengers found out what the hijacking was about, and they attacked the hijackers, but the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
So how did the world react?
Well, the Arab world did not react well.
The author (and Christian convert) of “Son of Hamas” describes how sad he was to see Palestinian children celebrating all this death and destruction.
An Egyptian Christian Copt described the enthusiasm of the Moslems around him, and how the Copts were afraid when they saw this.
Mark Steyn wrote that (National Review 5/1/2007):
“I lost count of the number of Muslims I met who believed simultaneously (a) that 9/11 was pulled off by the (Israeli) Mossad and (b) that it was a great victory for Islam.”
Now we may take this all for granted – Many Muslims hate America, and like to see it humiliated. But think about this as simple mass murder, and all these people thousands of miles away feeling great about the murder of a whole bunch of ordinary Americans who probably had no dislike of Moslems at all.
But surely the West stood behind us? Well not exactly.
In many quarters, the attacks on the World Trade Center were met with indifference. In his diary of September 11, 2001, the former Labour MP Tony Benn recorded attending a monthly meeting of a group called Labour Action For Peace, where he was stunned by the behavior of his colleagues. “Although they all knew what had happened,” he wrote, “they spend about an hour discussing who’d got the leaflets for the forthcoming conference, who was doing the collection, was the pamphlet ready, had the room been booked.”
Throughout Europe in the days after September 11, there were expressions of preemptive condemnation for an unjustified American overreaction that had not happened yet but was seen as inevitable. Thousands marched in Paris against the invasion of Afghanistan under banners reading “No to the imperialist crusade!”.
Now lets not forget the substantial number of British soldiers who fought alongside us in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were true friends. As were soldiers from some other counties. But obviously some Europeans were not, and their reaction revealed a lot.
After 9/11, neo-Nazis attended public rallies with T-shirts proudly bearing portraits of Osama Bin Laden, while they denounced “Israel’s state terrorism” and America’s “neo-colonialist” atrocities. Neo-nazi ideologues see the Palestinians (and the Germans) as under “Judeo-American foreign rule.” (see Robert Wistrich’s book “A Lethal Obsession”, page 39)
Americans also had their dubious reactions.
Author Norman Mailer called the suicide-hijackers “brilliant.” He excused the attack by saying, “Everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel which consequently had to be destroyed.”
And Susan Sontag assured us that the terrorist attack was the result of “specific American alliances and actions.” Film-maker Oliver Stone affirmed that 9/11 was a “revolt” and said the ensuing Palestinian celebrations were comparable to those seen in the French and Russian revolutions.
A question I would ask is, would these people justify the act if a fanatic shot their parents?
In America, there was also another interesting development. Instead of believing that Moslems created all this havoc, conspiracy theorists decided that President Bush was responsible. The magazine “Popular Mechanics” tried to methodically debunk the various allegations, and
Here is what the editor of Popular Mechanics James Meigs had to say (New York Post 9/12/06).
“ON Feb. 7, 2005, I became a member of the Bush/ Halliburton/ Zionist/ CIA/ New World Order/ Illuminati conspiracy for world domination. That day, Popular Mechanics, the magazine I edit, hit newsstands with a story debunking 9/11 conspiracy theories. Within hours, the online community of 9/11 conspiracy buffs – which calls itself the “9/11 Truth Movement” – was aflame with wild fantasies about me, my staff and the article we had published. Conspiracy Web sites labeled Popular Mechanics a “CIA front organization” and compared us to Nazis and war criminals.
For a 104-year-old magazine about science, technology, home improvement and car maintenance, this was pretty extreme stuff.”
So what can we conclude from all this? In life, we have to take a stand. We have to recognize certain acts as completely and utterly evil, even if the perpetrators think of themselves as holy martyrs of God avenging Islam. We should also recognize that dark and evil emotions are not incompatible with ‘idealism”. And we can see, in these moments of clarity, who our friends are.
Sources: Reflections on the Revolution in Europe – Christopher Caldwell
United In Hate – by Jamie Glazov.
A Lethal Obsession – by Robert Wistrich
And a friend’s website: