…and little has changed:
In fact, its gotten worse:
The global jihad continues…
* Â Introducing Zakir Naik, my favorite Asshole…
|MEMRI TV Clip No. 1846 – Indian Muslim Cleric Zakir Naik: 9/11 Was Carried Out by George Bush HimselfÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Peace TV (India) – July 31, 2008
To view this clip, visitÂ http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1846.htm.
…so does Muhammedan BS propaganda..
Indonesia laughs at 9/11
The Smiles of Sept. 11
|Indonesian riot police officers prepare to confront hundreds of Indonesian Muslim students Sept. 26, 2001, during a protest outside the United States Embassy in Jakarta. (Photo: Edy Purnomo / Getty Images)|
The dust and debris had yet to settle fully over lower Manhattan, more than 12,000 miles away, when I began to notice the smilesâ€”and, even more distressingly, the laughter. It was Sept. 11, three days after I arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakartaâ€”the capital of the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Seven years ago today, my head was still spinning from a 22-hour flight and a genuine helplessness in the face of Jakarta’s overwhelming pollutionâ€”a semi-lethal stew of suffocating vehicle fumes, toxic industrial waste, and nauseating raw sewage. I was watching a video at the home of an Indonesian friend, poring over the story ideas I planned to pursue as a newly arrived freelance journalist.
Then the phone rang. A passenger plane had just slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, said my host’s father. I hung up and called to check on my sister, who lives in Morningside Heights in Upper Manhattan.
We switched the television to an Indonesian channel that was relaying the news of that morning, in English with Bahasa subtitles. I was horrified and transfixed. A business executive stood next to a homeless man and described to a local television reporter how the man saved his life by pulling him from the burning wreckage. Both wept uncontrollably as the camera rolled.
But the next day there was nothing. Nothing. My host had neither cable nor satelliteâ€”much less CNN International or the BBCâ€”thus we were reliant on Indonesian news channels. And all we got was silence: an impartial, stony silenceâ€”simply game shows, political news about Indonesia, and local celebrity gossip. That more than 3,000 Americans just lost their lives was somehow starkly irrelevant.
But other peculiar, and more distressing, things were on the horizon. They grew in volume, and my psyche, as those dark days progressedâ€”as soon, that is, as Indonesians of all stripes discovered my nationality. “Americaâ€”bombâ€”ha, ha, ha.” The ubiquitous, infuriating words and mirth greeted me almost every time I opened the door of a taxi, made a purchase from a roadside vendor, or came across anyone else who knewâ€”or wanted to knowâ€”my nationality. In Indonesia, this represents over 90 percent of the population.
The laughter continued, but then slowed. By October, it had subsided when United States-led attacks got underway in Afghanistan and anti-American protests, buffeted by the Indonesian government, erupted. Clashes between students, local Islamists and riot police brewed for days outside the sprawling United States Embassy, and elsewhere in Javaâ€”including fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.
I will never, of course, find humor in Sept. 11. Since my return from Jakarta, however, I have grown to understand the feelings that briefly permeated the city of 15 million. A vast majority of Jakarta’s residents, for one thing, live on $2 a day and, in 2002, were recognized by the Economist Intelligence Unit as residing in a place that had one of the worst qualities of life in the world.
But other things rendered 9/11 trivial to many Indonesians. They included basic, yet inconvenient truths about Indonesia’s historyâ€”and its relationship with America. Beginning in 1965, by most estimates, at least 500,000 Indonesians were killed during the United States-backed anticommunist purge that led to the 32-year military reign of Suharto. None of this, or other abuses across the archipelago of 17,500 islands, say many, could have taken place without millions of dollars in military and other types of assistance from Washington.
Six months later, I was finishing an hour-long interview with Munir Said Thalib, the executive director of Kontras, an internationally recognized Indonesian nongovernmental organization that tracks disappearances of Indonesians at the hands of the security forces.
At the time, Thalib was revered as Indonesia’s foremost human rights advocate when I asked what, in retrospect, seemed an obvious question: why were Indonesians so quick to tune out on Sept. 11?
The reactions of Indonesia’s 212 million people to 9/11, he said, had since been vindicated by the Bush administration. “America could have sent a message that you wanted to make your own country a safer place and help the rest of the worldâ€”but you turned your back on us,” he said, referring, in part, to a recent $50-million military aid package thatâ€”over a chorus of objections by international human rights organizationsâ€”the United States had given to the government of then-President Megawati Sukarnoputriâ€”the first foreign leader to meet with President Bush after the attacks.
Hours after I left, a machete-wielding mobâ€”most likely also in the pay of the governmentâ€”descended on the Kontras office. They smashed computers and windows and, even worse, made off with computer discs containing valuable information on missing people and victims of atrocities by Indonesian security forces. One man sustained a serious beating and a concussion, while Munir managed to escapeâ€”with just minutes to spare.
But it was two years later, in 2004, and several months after I left Jakarta, that Indonesian intelligence agents caught up with Munir for one last time.
He was poisoned to death on a flight from Jakarta to the Netherlands.
Joseph Kirschke is a Washington, D.C., based journalist and a visiting fellow at the Fund for Peace, a nonprofit education and research organization.
Seven Years after 9/11: Arabs Still Blame the Jews
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) Academics and the “man on the street” in the Arab world still blame the Jews and Israel for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that devastated the US and punctured the American image of being impossible to penetrate. Arab media have widely claimed that Arabs are the biggest victims of the attacks.
AÂ New York TimesÂ man-on-the-street survey revealed disbelief that Arab terrorists were behind the attacks, and manyÂ stillÂ outright accuse Israel and the United States of planning the aerial crashes that leveled the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City.
“Look, I don’t believe what your governments and press say. It just cannot be true,” TheÂ TimesÂ quoted Ahmed Issab, a Syrian engineer who lives and works in the United Arab Emirates. “I think the US organized this so that they had an excuse to invade Iraq for the oil.”
Pakistani native Mohammed Jamil, writing in theÂ Pakistan ObserverÂ justified the terrorists’ motives, citing American-Israeli collusion. “There is a widespread perception that the U.S. leadership used 9/11 events to implement its program of controlling the world resource,” he wrote.
“American President George W. Bush always turned a blind eye towards Israeli repression, state terrorism and killings of thousands of Palestinians…. On examining the initial statements of Osama bin Laden one could infer that Al Qaeda had twin objectives vis-Ã -vis theÂ liberation of Palestine and exit of US forces from Saudi Arabia.
“Even the date Al Qaeda terrorists chose for their attack showed their true motivation, as September 11 is the anniversary of the League of Nations’ proclaiming in Palestine the British Mandate in 1922. The date represents the first physical step toward the implementation of the Balfour Declaration and establishment of Israel. This fact was never revealed because the world media is under the control of Jews… It was a calculated lie to divert the Americans from associating the disaster with the United States support for Israel.”
Jamil added that “any country that bombs another country creates millions of angry enemies against it.”
TheÂ TimesÂ street survey also showed that Arabs blame American foreign policy for the 9/11 attacks. “Maybe people who executed the operation were Arabs, but the brains? No way,” said Mohammed Ibrahim, a clothing-store owner Cairo told the newspaper. “It was organized by other people, the United States or the Israelis.”
Many Arabs still spread the rumor that Jews did not go to work at the World Trade Center the morning of the attack, althoughÂ there were indeed manyÂ Jews whoÂ died in the resulting blaze and collapse of the skyscraper.
Another Egyptian claimed that the real reason Americans have not captured Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is that he was not behind the attacks. “What happened in Iraq confirms that it has nothing to do with bin Laden or Qaeda. They went against Arabs and against Islam to serve Israel, that’s why,” he claimed.
Dr. Ahmad Mustafa wrote inÂ GulfNews.comÂ that Arabs are the real victims of 9/11. He said the attacks have intensified a negative image of Muslims, which has reinforced violence.Â
Dr. Azzam Tamimi, director of the London-based Institute of Islamic Political Thought stated, “9/11 has become the biggest blackmail in modern history after the Holocaust. Zionists continue to blackmail Europeans because of the Holocaust while the Americans now blackmail the Arabs and the Muslims because of what happened on 11 September 2001.”