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Reader comment on item: Has America Learned from 9/11?

Submitted by Edwin F. Buckley (United States), Nov 6, 2004 at 14:31

For years, we have known of militant Islam's intent. Historically, when the capabilities are there, it has been a religion of military expansionism. That has gone on for hundreds of years.

On September 11, 2001, we lost nearly 3,000 people. All those people began their day just as they would any other. Unfortunately for them and their families, the day did not end just like any other. Nearly 3,000 people died terrible deaths on that day, and who ended up being the victims? The Muslims of America, of course. Groups such as CAIR immediately went into action claiming victimhood. Forgotten were some Muslim men who were out on the streets of Brooklyn celebrating as the towers collapsed. Forgotten were some smiling Muslim men who went to a park, also in Brooklyn, to be photographed with the smoke of the tragedy rising behind them. Victims of what? Were there ever any widespread attacks on the Muslims of this country?!

Things did change after 9/11. Demands from many Muslims in America. Demands for a specially dedicated place to pray in schools, and demands for speaker systems to announce their call to prayers come immediately to mind (Michigan). Demands are being made that would be openly ridiculed by the ACLU and others if any other religious groups were making them. Everything came but what would be expected. That is, where was the widespread condemnation by American Muslims of what took place on 9/11? There are some noble exceptions, but so very few.

We of the western world have a fundamental flaw. For better or worse, we see all religions as fundamentally good. We in America have a western European view. Most of the people who have migrated to North America have accepted that culture and added a little along the way. Islamic nations, unfortunately, look at diversity in a somewhat different way than do the rest of us. Putting it rather bluntly, diversity is unacceptable. Those who fail to merge, well, they pay a rather costly price. Shall we discuss Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt?

It is time, I think, for a goodly number of North Americans (USA and Canada) to wake up and smell the coffee. If you basically like our culture, there is a war to be fought.


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