9/11 – A DAY OF HOPE OR HATE?

11th September – Hope or Hate
By Felicity Arbuthnot

Book burning is a special kind of savagery, it both destroys and displays an ignorance of and fear of culture, own and that of others. Julius Caesar burned the great library in Alexandria in 48 BC. Nero burned Rome in 64 AD. The Mongul hordes the Baghdad Library and that of the great Munstanstarya University eight hundred years ago. Hitler, of course was in to book burning, organized under Goebbels, the Orwellianly-named Minster of Enlightenment. The new Monguls, in US uniform, allowed or were instrumental, in the same the same, multi-fold, in 2003 – and have continued to bomb and burn property and people – and Qur’ans – for seven years – ongoing, for all the misleading “pullout” nonsense.

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Hallujah, November 2004 – A rosary hangs off the barrel of a machinegun mounted on a Bradley belonging to the 1st Cavalry Regiment 5th Battalion positioned on the outskirts of Fallujah. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

“No creature smarts so little as a fool.” (Alexander Pope, 1688-1744.)

Numerous commentators on the demented, hate filled ramblings of “Pastor” Terry Jones, who may or may not celebrate his 11th September by an evening of Qur’an burnings, have referred to the potential of Muslim retaliation across the globe. General Petraeus is concerned about backlash to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, more or less reiterated his stance – whilst saying they are powerless to stop his hate filled initiative. One can only speculate as to whether they would be as sanguine were it the Torah or Talmud being burned.

Yet the avalanche of comments also create a further divide. Jones is a man with miniscule “following.” Near no mention is being made of Christians, Jews or those born to both religions, but who have long wandered away, and of other faiths, or none, shamed and repelled to have this action committed in their name – they are American, British, German, Spanish, Polish, Italian and other nations – civilian, but unwillingly “allied” to the “coalition”, who have invaded – and are threatening – Muslim countries. They are part of the millions who marched against war – and the countless more, who first believed the threats spouted by their governments, then acknowledged that they had been mislead and have acted tirelessly, trying to redress their – and governments – mistakes.

One website condemning the action attracted seven thousand protesters near-instantly. A tongue in cheek commentator suggested it is the Pastor who should be burned – in Hell. Another site has attracted more thousands of non-Muslims to a worldwide “Wear a Hijab Day”, on 11th September – and another to convert the anniversary to global: “Buy a Qur’an Day.”

One writer wondered what kind of “crazy” now “represents” God. Well, a few actually. There was George W. Bush, who announced he was embarking on a “Crusade” and was enjoined by then Prime Minister Tony Blair, now converted to Catholicism. There was the “Clash of Civilisations”, nonsense. And US and UK soldiers taking in guns with Biblical quotes on the stocks – and distributing bibles in the relevant languages as they incursed – and worse – in to towns, villages, neighbourhoods in Afghanistan and Iraq. A practice, when discovered, which led – ironically – to a photo-op of ceremonial burnings of remaining bible stocks by US troops.

Guantanamo, Bagram and formerly US and UK-operated prisons in Iraq (and elsewhere) including another infamy, Abu Ghraib, filled with near entirely Muslims. Countless languishing for years, uncharged and with no day in Court. Tortured, unimaginably degraded, their Qur’ans have been thrown in to toilets, stepped on and worse. In Fallujah in the original confrontation when the US troops took over a school, they left having written obscenities about Islam on doors and walls, having repeatedly defecated and again, done the unspeakable to Qur’ans.

Book burning is a special kind of savagery, it both destroys and displays an ignorance of and fear of culture, own and that of others. Julius Caesar burned the great library in Alexandria in 48 BC. Nero burned Rome in 64 AD. The Mongul hordes the Baghdad Library and that of the great Munstanstarya University eight hundred years ago. Hitler, of course was in to book burning, organized under Goebbels, the Orwellianly-named Minster of Enlightenment. The new Monguls, in US uniform, allowed or were instrumental, in the same the same, multi-fold, in 2003 – and have continued to bomb and burn property and people – and Qur’ans – for seven years – ongoing, for all the misleading “pullout” nonsense.

Perhaps Mr Jones – who seemingly packs a .40-caliber pistol on his hip – has unwittingly made one progressive step. After what has been revealed, from top to bottom of barking crazy fundamentalism in Christianity, many may think twice before ever again writing or uttering the words: “fundamentalist” with “Islam.”

11th September falls at the start of the three day Muslim celebration of Eid, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of abstinence. Eid is joyous meals, new clothes for children, gifts and pristine money for the young. In Afghanistan and Iraq, for the majority it is either scaled down to near nothing, or just a memory, due to grief, invasion, inflicted travel terror, poverty, or all four .

For America, it is the commemoration of the fall of the Towers, with no thought of the 11th September inflicted in casualties, daily, weekly, monthly on the countries invaded since – who had no nationals even accused of being on the flights which allegedly hit the buildings and the Pentagon (facts which over twelve hundred professionals and experts now dispute the official version.)

Anniversaries on 11th September abound, from the mists of time onwards. However, some salutary ones, in relatively recent history, show America is not alone in its suffering, indeed, has created that of others. On 11th September 1919, US Marines invaded Honduras; on 11th September 1941, the ground was broken for the construction of the Pentagon, that source of more subsequent world wide marauding and slaughter. On 11th September 1965, the US First Cavalry arrived in Viet Nam – and on 11th September 1973, the Nixon Administration’s collusion in the overthrow of the democratically elected President Salvador Allende in Chile, came to fruition, ushering in the decades of the “disappeared”, under General Augusto Pinochet.

Ally Britain indulged in a bit of decimation on 11th September 1944, bombing and creating a fire storm in Darmstadt, Germany, incinerating eleven thousand five hundred people. 11th September 1997 is remembered for the loss of fourteen Estonian soldiers on the Russian submarine Kurske, in a haunting disaster. The widow of one who died reflected, memorably: ” If you betray your country (the law is invoked) and you pay the price. But what happens if your country betrays you?” Quite.

Betrayed also are the nationalities of the numerous other countries who died in the Twin Towers – over one in ten of the tragedy. They included nationals of Jordan and Lebanon, India lost forty one, South Korea twenty eight, Canada and Japan both lost twenty four, Colombia seventeen, Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines sixteen each, Australia and Germany eleven each, Italy ten, Israel five and the UK sixty seven, including nationals of its territory, Bermuda. Deaths in lesser numbers are from nations across the planet. (Wikipedia and others.) In spite of a near uniquely international tragedy, and opportunity for coming together, it seems to have been transformed in to exclusively American grief – and revenge.

Even that wretched dove, symbol of global peace, which adorns cards for all seasons, has become embroiled, with “Pastor” Jones, in naming his strange interpretation of vengeful, not conciliatory, Christianity: “Dove World Outreach Centre.” Jones, of course sent children from his church to school, wearing shirts stating: “Islam Is Of The Devil,” also the title of a book he has written. Impossible not to think of a recent depiction on a card, of a desperate dove, not with an olive leaf, or twig in its beak, but the entire branch. It is depicted struggling through the thermals, drops of perspiration bursting though the feathers.

Those of note who have spoken out appear to be more worried about retaliation on US and UK troops, than the implications of a shaming act. With the news from Pentagon documents, that US troops have alleged to have been involved in further atrocities, collecting of fingers, teeth bones, even skulls of victims, retaliation seems anyway, pretty well guaranteed.

Recently a contributer to a Middle East-orientated website wrote: “I am a Muslim : Kill me & call it ‘collateral damage’; imprison me & call it: ‘security measure’; exile my people en masse & call it: ‘A New Middle East’; steal my resources, invade my land, murder my wife & children, alter the leadership of my country & call it: ‘democracy.’” He speaks for millions. Those representing the West, especially the US and UK need humility, genuine outreach, to listen carefully before they talk and bridge building, not bridge burning.

11th September 1893 marked the first World Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago, an outreach of understanding between all faiths, and held ever since. An anniversary which celebrates justice, not vengeance. A good starting point in emulating their efforts, might be to ponder on a verse from the Qur’an. The copy in mind is in superb, lovingly crafted caligraphy, on palest peachy-primrose, dawn’s perhaps most perfect herald. Translated, it reads:

“I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn,
From the mischief of created things,
From the mischief of darkness as it overspreads,
From the mischief of those who blow on knots’
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy.”


3 Comments

  1. brian said,

    September 12, 2010 at 11:00

    sept 11…Did you know…

  2. 911 OPENED A RIFT IN AMERICAN SOCIETY THAT CANNOT BE HEALED said,

    September 12, 2010 at 18:40

    The treason of 911 has torn open a ‘rift’ in the space/time continuum in ‘Merka as I call her, so wide and so vast that unlike prior self-inflected wounds such as was the J.F.K. Assassination (a huge rift before ‘Merkans had a clue) and then another self-inflicted wound at OKC, then WACO, then RUBY RIDGE, and again at the WTC in 1993, the tear just kept widening much bigger than the latest self-inflicted wound on the sea bed, 5400 or so feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The 911 rift is the most dangerous rift, in that it pits two sides of ‘Merka at each other’s throats. It puts religious haters who want to demonize muslims, and perhaps Pakistani’s and Afghani’s, and Iraqi’s, and any BROWN SKINNED NOMADIC PEOPLE identified as ‘cool to hate’ by ‘Merka’s hate guru, which is Israel, against the other VAST MAJORITY OF US who see the War on Terror as an absolute and utter, bold-faced lie, perpetrated by LYING MURDEROUS SCUM LIARS. It pits people within ‘Merkan households against each other with such angst and bitterness that meals get shared in total, utter silence over the CLOUD in each person’s mind about the TRUTH THAT CANNOT BE SPOKEN and the unjustifiable hatred in the pits of the other slimy, wormy stomachs on the other side of the table. It buttresses up the passive aggressive horrible angst of people who have good reasoning skills, against morons who have only their Bible.

    The sad tragedy is that ‘Merkans are too stupid to shake off the blinders long enough to see that ALL OF THEM are victims to this never ending litany of LIES AND DECEIT. It’s not just the bible thumper zionist JEW propper uppers, it’s the reasonable and decent people who decry these SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS as exactly what they are.

    Nine long years after I watched the latest self inflicted wound happen, I remembered how I felt when I was aware of each of the last ones. A man’s wife has her head blown off by a murderous F.B.I. sniper while carrying a young baby in her arms…for no valid reason anyone can justify to me. A group of people in a compound more or less incinerated and laid siege to for having the audacity to defy an illegal A.T.F. order after A.T.F. opens fire upon them. A federal building in Oklahoma City blown up with young babies and innocents amongst the victims. The list is longer than that, but yesterday, I sat in my silence and recounted them.

    I weep for my former nation, Steve. I weep for her because now, there is such a huge, terrible rift in her social fabric, that this rift ultimately will lead to nothing less than a CIVIL WAR which, once started, will be about as civil as the multitudinous years of families silently eating their food on opposite sides of the dinner table, forbidden to talk about the underlying LIES AND DECEIT that has erected a barrier so wide that it cannot be pushed aside by any amount of pretending it’s not there.

    911 was the last wound that, just like the cutter charges that severed the 47 support columns in each of the WTC towers that day, like a hot knife goes thru butter, and turns hard steel into molten pools of shimmering death for months afterwards, it will simmer and smoke and lay concealed from the naked eye until the first spark lights the festering tinder box and starts the armed conflagration, this time, far more terribly rending and tearing than the one that happened between the North and the South in the 1860′s.

    It will be the rift that will spell the death knell that began as a silent festering ugly wound at the dinner table and in men’s and women’s souls, and spread to armed conflict and death.

    911 is the insurmountable self-inflicted wound that ultimately killed the nation, but it took years to do it. It has taken a decade, but it’s slow moving slithering snake like quality has killed ‘Merka as surely as a large gun pushed gently into it’s temple and then fired at point blank range.

    It’s destroyed our ability to talk about TREASON together.

  3. September 13, 2010 at 08:03

    [...] 9/11 – A DAY OF HOPE OR HATE? Book burning is a special kind of savagery, it both destroys and displays an ignorance of and fear of culture, own and that of others. Julius Caesar burned the great library in Alexandria in 48 BC. Nero burned Rome in 64 AD. The Mongul hordes the Baghdad Library and that of the great Munstanstarya University eight hundred years ago. Hitler, of course was in to book burning, organized under Goebbels, the Orwellianly-named Minster of Enlightenment. The new Monguls, in US uniform, allowed or were instrumental, in the same the same, multi-fold, in 2003 – and have continued to bomb and burn property and people – and Qur’ans – for seven years – ongoing, for all the misleading “pullout” nonsense. http://whatreallyhappened.com/ [...]


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