9/11

As I was uploading this video to YouTube, I saw a headline out of an Israeli newspaper:

Protesters claim that American film is offending Prophet Mohammad; scale US embassy in Cairo

Today, on 9/11, an American embassy (which is legally American soil) was invaded, and the American flag was pulled down, torn up, and burned.

Why?

Because an unnamed film being produced by unnamed people is insulting to the Prophet in some undetermined way. No one seems to have actually seen this movie or script, but its rumored existence is reason enough to invade U.S. soil and desecrate the U.S. flag on a national day of mourning.

And, to be honest, I’m not sure what’s worse: that, or our embassy’s response:

“We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others,” the US embassy said in its statement.

How can we condemn something when there is no proof that it even exists? And what about our feelings? Where’s their apology for offending the people who are in mourning today?

Invading our embassy and vandalizing our flag is an act of terrorism, not a protest against a legitimate grievance. It’s telling all Americans that if you dare say anything that we perceive as negative against our religion or its prophet–if you even hint at it–we will destroy everything you hold dear. And when we can’t openly protest or disagree with a religion or political party, we will soon be conquered by the same.

If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll lie down for everything.

Eleven years ago, more than two thousand people died because America stood for something. Let’s not start lying down.

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One comment on “9/11

  1. Wallace says:

    The story they’re telling now is that there are excerpts from a movie on You Tube that is supposedly by the same US preacher who burned Korans, but still no actual video they can point to and say: That’s it. So, as far as anyone knows, if there actually is a “movie”, it might just be some home video shot by one guy and posted on You Tube years ago. Or it all might just be hype stirred up by the radicals to take action against the US specifically on 9-11.

    But no matter what it is, or even if it really exists, it’s still no excuse for hundreds of people attacking the US embassy and doing lots of property damage. There are 310 million Americans and billions more people with internet access, any of them could have made a home movie and put it on You Tube. Even if they find a video on You Tube, there is no way they can prove it was made by an American or put there from America. It might just as easily been made and loaded to You Tube from Iran or Iraq or Egypt itself.

    And, as an aside, the reason al Qaeda gave for attacking the US had nothing to do with us standing up for anything. The government of Saudi Arabia had invited in the US to establish an air base in Saudi Arabia to help them train their pilots and protect them from Saddam Hussein after the first Gulf War.

    The reason al Qaeda gave for the attack was their anger at having non believers living and having a military presence in the holy land of Arabia. The attack was punishment for the trespass and a warning to get the US out of Arabia, even tho the King of Saudi Arabia had invited the US in. That’s why 16 of the 20 hijackers were Saudis and why the attack had nothing to do with Iraq and only marginally with Afghanistan since that’s where al Qaeda was based at the time of the attacks. The Taliban in Afghanistan invited al Qaeda into the country as a sanctuary from the US, but the Taliban had nothing to do with the actual attacks themselves.

    The war in Afghanistan was really unnecessary since most of al Qaeda could have been killed with just massive air strikes and no land invasion at all. And the war in Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks. And the other four hijackers were Egyptian, UAE, UAE, and Lebanese, so not even a single Iraqi or Afghan took part in the attacks.

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