Sunday, October 26, 2014

Muslim march scheduled for Sept. 11

Nearly 1 million people are expected to march down Washington, D.C.’s National Mall tomorrow, not to remember those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, but to dispel the fear of Muslims, according to huffingtonpost.com.

tragedy — As the nation mourns, activist groups rally. Google images

Tragedy — As the nation mourns, activist groups rally. Google images

According to The Washington Times, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is hosting the event, which AMPAC hopes will cause the U.S. government to tell the truth about the attacks.

From reading AMPAC’s website, I have determined its goal is not to be antagonistic. It instead wants for people to believe that the government has propagated a mindset of fear to justify the passing of the Patriot Act after the 2001 attacks. The organizers also indict Hollywood for its negative portrayal of Muslims.

Though I do not believe AMPAC means harm, it is, however, misguided and uninformed. “‘Al-Qaeda’ is a joke,” its site says.

Well, no. That is extremely wrong.

Dr. Seth Jones, associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND Corporation, wrote concerning the statistics of Al Qaeda in 2012.

“Al Qaeda in Iraq, for instance, has conducted more than 200 attacks and killed more than a thousand Iraqis since the Bin Laden raid, a jump from the previous year,” Jones said.
International terrorists are no joke, as the U.S. discovered 12 years ago.

“If the United States of America is to remain a constitutional democratic republic, the American people need to stop being afraid,” AMPAC’s website said. “They must stop being afraid of each other. And they must stop being afraid of the truth.”

The logic behind this quote is questionable. First, I find it dubious to say that fear will cause America’s political and governmental system to change. Then there is mention of “the truth.”

What is this truth? That is the question that I was left asking.

AMPAC’s definition is painfully nebulous. My interpretation of their “truth” is the idea that people do not, or should not, fear one another. Perhaps it means more simply that Muslims should not be feared.

I agree, as long as they mean the Muslims that are not inclined to the violence demonstrated by the ones that attacked on 9/11.

I have one last problem with the website statement. The author, Rabbi Alam, displays an insidious lack of faith in the government. His talk of revealing the truth leads me to believe that he doubts Al Qaeda was behind the attacks at all.

If he leans toward the 9/11 conspiracy theories, then I revoke any credibility and sympathy I originally bestowed. I have listened to the audio records of the conversations between the airplanes that crashed and the air control towers. Conspiracies hold little water in my mind.

The march does not bother me personally — AMPAC has a right to demonstrate. I can understand, however, why people would be upset. Seeing that the rally is named for Muslims, it might seem like a slap in the face.

All parties are not thinking clearly about the situation. The rally participants could pick a different date in order to acknowledge the sensitivities of those whom the strikes affected. At the same time, rally opponents should not be so easily offended.

Sept. 11 should be a time to remember. It was a brutal assault. Whether you buy the conspiracy theories or prefer the radical terrorist assertion, we must all agree that it was a tragic moment in our nation’s history.

Thousands of innocent Americans died. Thousands more have lost their lives fighting terrorism in the Middle East, souring public opinion against foreign intervention. And a resolution to the conflict remains distant.

3 Comments

  1. A day to reflect and remember, yes. A day to have Islam in our face, no. Should have picked another day. I would love to be a fly on the wall as the Muslims contemplate the arrival of 800,000+ bikers. Coming peacefully I might add.

    Comment by kathy — September 11, 2013 @ 12:19 am

  2. When do those “folks that dress like Clowns” March? It is 11:30 (est)?

    Comment by Rick Joyal — September 11, 2013 @ 11:33 am

  3. Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. -Monty Python peasant

    But for real I was intrigued by this entry. Well done. I am compassionate towards the American Muslims’ fear of being mis-identified as terrorists. (And if you don’t believe in American Muslims please spare me any commentary) Thousands of hate crimes have erupted since 9/11/01 merely because somebody wears a turban or owns a 7-11. THAT is a shame. Many have committed these crimes in the name of “patriotism.” Well, as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps I take great offense of that agenda. Patriotism is standing up for what’s right in efforts to recognize your country’s accomplishments and historical good. That said, hating on somebody because of their religion is in great conflict with our American heritage. Freedom of religion, yea? Muslims have every right to practice their religion here in America without fear of being persecuted. If you’re guilty of this racist act then you are less of an American than you claim the Muslim to be. To be diplomatic, screw you.

    Now, I remain cognizant of the fact that people are still healing from the tragedies of 9/11. Those who say “move on, get over it” likely have no relation to a casualty of the attacks and need to be silent. Twelve years may be a long time for some but for those with loved ones who were effected by the attacks or for those who love America and recognize the need for a healing process they know that 12 years is the blink of an eye. That said I am highly opposed to their participation on the anniversary of 9/11. They can get the same message across with the same impact on any other day. If anything it defeats their purpose because it shows that they’re insensitive to a good cause (healing) and they’re really making themselves out to be nuisance.

    Also, the webpage that Tyler Beaston mentioned as well as other pages was very ambiguous to the “truth” which AMPAC communicated. My guess is that the “truth” is that Muslim extremists (terrorists) orchestrated the attacks, not peaceful Muslims (actual Muslims). If the “truth” was referencing a silly conspiracy then, as Tyler said, boo on them but I also feel that they would have come out and say that if that’s the “truth” they were referring to.

    Good piece, Tyler!

    Comment by John — September 12, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

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