As is always the case, a misrepresentation of history serves the dominant power structure in justifying atrocious policies. These are policies drafted beyond our consent and beyond our control, and effectively beyond our recognition. This was especially the case after 9/11, which led way to the PATRIOT Act, intervention in Afghanistan, war in Iraq, continued bombing in Pakistan, unyielding support to Israel, unmanned drone bombings in Yemen and Somalia, and much more.
As another 9/11 anniversary passes, another plethora of zealous profiteers flood our media and invade our psyche to turn this into a “day of remembrance”, a grotesque twisting of history and causality that will surely misinform the next subsequent generations. 9/11 is exploited to become a day of honoring military servicemen, police officers, and firefighters, when it fact it should serve as a day of reflection and observation. The United States of America was attacked on September the 11th as a result of its foreign policy, specifically toward Muslim states. The “campaign of hatred”, as coined by Dwight D. Eisenhower, against the American government has been brewing in the Muslim world for decades, endlessly enraged by coup d’états, installation of military dictators, endless bombing campaigns, permanent military bases, and in today’s world, unmanned drone attacks on innocent villagers. History did not begin on 9/11, though it is a fact repeated endlessly by the entertainment complex known as popular media.
In order to understand the motives of the hijackers that day, it is important to follow the words of the sympathizers, not the victims. Americans have been conditioned to view 9/11 as an attack on freedom and democracy, a point feverishly pushed by President George W. Bush:
“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. . . . America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” ~ George W. Bush, address to the nation, September 11, 2001
“They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.” ~ George W. Bush, address to Congress, September 20, 2001
This is, of course, a series of statements which cannot be father away from the truth. It is important to remember that the hijackers hit the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and attempted to hit the White House. They were not aiming for Hollywood or a local sporting event. The symbolic choosing of these buildings was meant to directly attack the economic, military, and political power of the United States Federal Government, far from attacking American freedoms or opportunities.
Further explained by Noam Chomsky
Also explained by Laurence Vance:
According to a 2004 report on strategic communication prepared by the Defense Science Board Task Force, “a federal advisory committee established to provide independent advice to the secretary of defense”:
American direct intervention in the Muslim World has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single-digits in some Arab societies.
Muslims do not “hate our freedom,” but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf states.
Furthermore, in the eyes of Muslims, American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering. U.S. actions appear in contrast to be motivated by ulterior motives, and deliberately controlled in order to best serve American national interests at the expense of truly Muslim selfdetermination.
Therefore, the dramatic narrative since 9/11 has essentially borne out the entire radical Islamist bill of particulars. American actions and the flow of events have elevated the authority of the Jihadi insurgents and tended to ratify their legitimacy among Muslims. Fighting groups portray themselves as the true defenders of an Ummah (the entire Muslim community) invaded and under attack – to broad public support.
A 2006 National Intelligence Estimate concluded that the war in Iraq increased the threat of terrorism rather than reduced it. “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States” points out the “centrality” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in fomenting terrorist cells and attacks and describes how the American presence in Iraq has helped spread radical Islam by providing a focal point for anti-Americanism.
According to Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999: “In the long run, we’re not safer because we’re still operating on the assumption that we’re hated because of our freedoms, when in fact we’re hated because of our actions in the Islamic world. There’s our military presence in Islamic countries, the perception that we control the Muslim world’s oil production, our support for Israel and for countries that oppress Muslims such as China, Russia, and India, and our own support for Arab tyrannies.”
Peter Bergen, who produced the first television interview with Osama Bin Laden in 1997, says “that in all the tens of thousands of words uttered by bin Laden, he was strangely silent about American freedoms and values. He didn’t seem to care very much about the beliefs of the ‘crusaders.’ His focus was invariably on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.”
Political scientist James Payne, in a review of twenty-four official pronouncements of Osama bin Laden from 1994-2004, found that 72 percent of the content amounted to “criticism of the United States and other Western countries for their aggression against Muslim lands and the need to defend against and punish this aggression.” Only 1 percent criticized American culture or the American way of life.
If we really want to know why American is hated by terrorists, insurgents, jihadists, militants, and Islamofascists, then we should just ask them. Actually, we don’t even need to ask, just listen.
Listen to Osama bin Laden, the late leader of al Qaeda. First, from his 1996 fatwa:
It should not be hidden from you that the people of Islam had suffered from aggression, iniquity and injustice imposed on them by the Zionist-Crusaders alliance and their collaborators; to the extent that the Muslims blood became the cheapest and their wealth as loot in the hands of the enemies. Their blood was spilled in Palestine and Iraq. The horrifying pictures of the massacre of Qana, in Lebanon are still fresh in our memory. Massacres in Tajakestan, Burma, Cashmere, Assam, Philippine, Fatani, Ogadin, Somalia, Erithria, Chechnia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina took place, massacres that send shivers in the body and shake the conscience. All of this and the world watch and hear, and not only didn’t respond to these atrocities, but also with a clear conspiracy between the USA and its’ allies and under the cover of the iniquitous United Nations, the dispossessed people were even prevented from obtaining arms to defend themselves.
The latest and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the Muslims since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH’S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places – the foundation of the house of Islam, the place of the revelation, the source of the message and the place of the noble Ka’ba, the Qiblah of all Muslims – by the armies of the American Crusaders and their allies.
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Rather than continuing to listen to the leaders and players who led the way for the blow-back on 9/11, this day should serve as a day of reflection. If anything can be asked of us as a nation, it should be that we are to be responsible for our own actions, and that we hold those in power under full accountability of the law.
After fall, isn’t that more the tradition that the United States wants to uphold?