9/11: A time of reflection

2011-09-11 11:00

What happened on September 11, 2001 was undoubtedly a crime against humanity and it must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Each year the tragic events that happened on 9/11 bring with it sorrow for the many that lost loved ones and a time of reflection for many others.

For some sections of the mass media, it seems to have become almost a ritual to use it as an opportunity to sensationalise this crime against humanity with doom-laden headlines regarding the so called “Islamist threat”.

Fear mongers are exploiting the pain, hurt and fear associated with 9/11. Islamophobes ignore or possibly intentionally disregard the reality that 9/11 affected people of all nationalities and faiths.

Unfortunately, the reaction by the American government to September 11 has resulted in the illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings.

American imperialism and it’s so called “war on terror” have far surpassed the 9/11 attacks in crimes against humanity.

The only thing that will heal the bleeding world is the voice of the ordinary people. We all have a responsibility to our children, grandchildren, future generations, to humanity and all life.

We need to find amicable solutions and alternatives to all this death, destruction, violence and pain.

This is a responsibility unique in human history. If we do not accept responsibility to speak out and act for a world free of racist policies, injustices, imbalances, inequalities, war and violence, who will?

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  • Craig - 2011-09-11 11:40

    The Reichstag fire and the Dutch communist scapegoat, much? The parallels are just uncanny. The Nazis never lost power. They just emigrated to Washington DC, where they took finishing lessons from Whitehall. 3600 Americans dead, compared to 100s of thousands of Iraqi and Afghanistani men, women and children. And yet we still invoke the name of a compassionate God. Sick.

      Looking@SA - 2011-09-11 12:06

      How many did Saddam kill in the name of his benevolent regime? How many did the Taliban kill. How many adulterous women did they stone? No men just women. How many hands did they cut off? Not defending the wars in Iraq and Afhganistan, but these weren't peace loving gentle people and it was done in the name of Islam. Or should I say one of the forms of Islam and a particular tribe that dominated the country. And you can still find that in many Islamic societies. And only time will tell what will happen after the "peoples" revolutions in Egypt and Libya. Oh, I forgot about the cultural revolution of many millions. Or the Stalin's little thing of the 20's and 30's only an estimate but it was 20million dead. No, the US isn't perfect by any definition but they are far from alone. How about the concentration camps of the Boer war?

      Beannie - 2011-09-11 12:18

      You cannot compare the Americans to the Nazis. It was a horror that happened in New York, and myself as a North American feel this very deeply. I don't invoke the name of God, because I am not a believer. But any atrocity committed on fellow humankind is wrong. All religious wars are crazy. Try and remember the words of John Lennon's imagine. Also please have a little compassion today of all days for the families who lost loved ones at ground zero, also try and think of the 300 or so firefighters who lost their lives trying to save people when the towers collapsed.

      Craig - 2011-09-11 13:49

      @Beannie Sure I feel compassion for the victims. That goes wuthout saying. But you can't pick and choose. I also feel compassion for the hundreds of thousands of souls vaporised by the war for oil and resources. Or do you really still believe the world went to war post 9/11 to protect democracy?

      Colin - 2011-09-11 13:51

      beannie you can't compare america to nazi's because america is so much worse. even in ww2 the worst atrocities were comitted by the usa and england. if you don't believe me go look at cities like dresden that were bombed to maximize civilian casualties and look at how the americans murdered more than 2 000 000 german prisoners after the war.

      iranianprince - 2011-09-11 17:24

      Man starts war, man fights war, man ends war. man starts war etc etc. oh wait it's Gods fault.

      Ingwe - 2011-09-11 18:21

      SMK are you on crack?

      Smk - 2011-09-11 21:41

      Ingwe I wish I was as it would then be logical. Google it for yourself, in time the truth comes out.

      Des12 - 2011-09-11 23:22

      smk, you are smoking something bro'. Sure the internet is filled with truths, lies and half-truths, just like religion. It is for the sane man to differentiate. It is too far fetched and bizarre to imagine that the Yanks would bring this upon themselves. Let me ask you: the hundreds of people who came on tv today at the memorial, are you saying that they are lying about their loved ones? Do you think that they 'switched' planes? Come on, US airspace is probably the busiest in thw world and they have thousands of air traffic controllers. They were just caught with their guard down just as in Pearl Harbor, it happens to the best, after all we are all human.

      CliffB - 2011-09-12 06:07

      Craig : This poor cow has been milked for 10 years , there never were any W.O.M.D. in Iraq - It was , is and always will be about oil !!!

      Libertadores - 2011-09-12 13:02

      Des12 - September 11, 2011 at 23:22 Come on, US airspace is probably the busiest in thw world and they have thousands of air traffic controllers. They were just caught with their guard down just as in Pearl Harbor, it happens to the best, after all we are all human. xxxxxxxxxxx NORAD was asked to stand down on that day and its authority was given to that D!ck called Cheney days prior to 9/11 because of some made up BS about a training drill. Did the so called terrorists have knowledge of this or was it just a coincidence, use your brain.

      Smk - 2011-09-12 17:16

      @Libertadores: Lol caught off gaurd? There are scripts stating they ignored the big red flashy dots. Do some research, America gouded Japan into attacking them and they let perl harbour happen, just like they let 9/11 happen. Its all lies just like the reason for Vetnam, WW1, WW2... hell all thier wars have started from lies and deciet.

  • maceye - 2011-09-11 13:23

    There are not many christian or Jewish believers invoking the name of God, every time they want to blow up the world at every possible turn. I agree that these are not what Islam is all about, but we need more muslims out there to condemn these attcks and has a responsibility to eradicate these members of their religion. And only then, we will believe that Islam is a religion of peace.

      shiraz.mahomed - 2011-09-11 13:48

      Inquisition, crusades, colonialism and the rationale to 'Christianise' the barbarians, apartheid and the rationale of God's chosen people, Israel???? Religion is the most exploited tool used by bigots, power mongers, societal architects, ....... This article mentions Islamophobia, and responses like yours resonate the theme.

      Mark - 2011-09-11 14:07

      Oh, but _we_ are _never_ the bigots! The _other_ people are the bigots! Both sides have erred; both sides are guilty. It doesn't matter who started it, it takes two to carry on an argument. Religious zealots and extremist supporters of all the 'isms' out there need to grow up and take a look at themselves and ask how they can change the situation. In the long run we're all dead anyway. Try to make life as enjoyable as possible.

      maceye - 2011-09-11 14:10

      Excuse me, what part of my comments came off as being islamaphobic. The West in the name of so-called tolerance has in all respects condemned any so-called attacks made in the name of religion, especially when it comes to christianity. That's called democracy, where you have the ability to critiscise those very people that commit injustice and not look at the world through blinkers on. The West was built on greek philosophy, which catered for rationale though. Why do you think the West has outgrown all middle eastern nations. We don't hide from the atrocities committed, but use it as a tool for introspection and growth. However, in most Islamic cultures the ability to reason is surely lacking, and thats the reason why these attacks are still being committed by Islamic terrorists. Now before you start labling me something, Im not, all im saying is that prominent muslims should step up and start condemning these attacks more vociferously. The funny thing is, near the 9/11 site, a muslim centre is being errected all in the name of tolerance, but the mayor of NY will not allow catholic priests to be included in the proceedings, and considering that mostly catholics was killed on that day. Oh and by the way, I have never heard any catholic wanting to retaliate, as we know it was extremists who were indoctronated by their hatred of the West.

      Christopher - 2011-09-11 19:52

      islamaphobia? i'm sorry, perhaps i'm missing something. a phobia is by definition an irrational fear. there is nothing at all irrational about fearing islam. islam, and indeed all monotheism, is by nature totalitarian. is it irrational to fear totalitarian theocratic fascism? islam teaches that it's god demands the blood of gay people along with apostates and other undesirables. as a gay person or even someone who wishes to leave this religion, is it irrational to fear this violent creed? muslims are ordered, again supposedly by the creator of the universe, to conquer the entire globe, whether it's inhabitants want it or not. is it irrational to fear this aggressive faith? our problem is not islamic fundamentalists, it is the fundamentals of islam itself. yes, i know that christianity has the same tendancy towards totalitarianism, as all monotheism does, but we are talking about islam, as any discussion about terroism must.

  • BlackExpat - 2011-09-11 14:12

    I just browsed through the article and the comments. Just a word of advice, check 9/11 conspiracy theorie and you will agree with me that the Americans planned 9/11. The way the towers came down was nothing but a planned demolition.

      Hetrohero - 2011-09-11 15:48

      Word of advice. You should never try and give anyone advice.

      iranianprince - 2011-09-11 17:26

      Oh dear the naive LaLa land liberals are out in full force. It wasn’t Islam, It wasn’t the Americans, it’s the family value conservatives fault.

      darkwing - 2011-09-11 18:59

      It was aliens.

      Smk - 2011-09-11 21:44

      Sheep are easily decieved. Guys please go tear a cold drink can apart and get a perfectly smooth 45 Degree angle along the tear... Cause thats what the supports of the WTC had, a perfect 45 Degree angle just like a demolition. 45 Degree angle is not metal tearing apart from itself and fool knows that.

      Smk - 2011-09-11 21:44

      any fool*

  • Norbert Fuhr - 2011-09-11 16:00

    Hey im Celebrating today ...... Yeeeee haaaaaaa .... and before you all jump up and down with a tirade of me being insenstitive or anti semetic, or anti islamic or whatever else some of you posters may call me ..... IM CELEBRATING BECAUSE IT IS MY BIRTHDAY ..... and I refuse to be morbid !!!

  • BB - 2011-09-12 09:13

    For us as humans there should be only 2 issues to ponder upon, GOOD and EVIL. Do we choose GOOD then this act was a crime against humanity. If we choose evil then we have no future. We are nothing!!

  • Bloodstone - 2011-09-12 11:23

    Abdullah Saeed: To quote you: “crime against humanity with doom-laden headlines regarding the so called “Islamist threat”….Allow me to quote from the Islamist "Bible", the Quran: O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. (Surah 5:54) And later you you wrote: "If we do not accept responsibility to speak out and act for a world free of racist policies, injustices, imbalances, inequalities, war and violence,...." Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme. (Surah 8:39) I can of course carry on but will rather stop.

  • AyeshaB - 2011-09-13 15:39

    Abdullah i commend you on this well-written article. Islam is a beautiful religion, it teaches one tolerance, respect, patience and love for all humanity.

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