Sunday, 11 September 2011

No Elephant not Found at 9/11 Memorial

Islam Expunged from the 9/11 Memorial Services

The Commemoration of 9/11 avoided the politically incorrect "I" word.
By Amiel Ungar
First Publish: 9/12/2011, 1:45 AM

Michael Nazir-Ali
Michael Nazir-Ali
The ceremony at of Ground Zero today mixed commemoration and mourning. In the effort to produce an observance that could provide unity and bring the disparate figures of George W. Bush and Barack Obama together. it steered clear of the different appraisals surrounding the event.
The elephant in the room, radical Islam and its broader support base went almost unmentioned.
If anybody brought in the issue of Islam, it was the liberal papers. From reading the Huffington Post one could almost walk away with the assumption that the main victims of 9/11 were American Muslims. 

The paradox of America trying to move on and heal while NYPD policemen were checking out vehicles in light of an intelligence tip about three Pakistanis who would enter the United States with the goal of committing a terrorist atrocity, was obvious and disconcerting. 

PM Benjamin Netanyahu commented in a pre-cabinet session: 

 "This is a war of terrorism – by the forces and regimes of radical Islam. Radical Islam threatens moderate Islamic and Arab regimes.
It threatens the very existence of the State of Israel and in its linking up with radical regimes, it brings the tools of terrorism – rockets and missiles – to Israeli civilians."
"But today it hangs over all of us..."Therefore, the struggle against radical Islamic terrorism, which is, in effect, a description of the past decade, is at its peak; it is not yet  over. We must all unite, countries that aspire to life, certainly the democracies that cherish life, and act in concert against this blight."

The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, who came to England to escape religious persecution in Pakistan, went further than Blair in warning that the struggle is far from over and in his interview with the Telegraph actually named the threat.
At the heart of extremism is an ideology, a world-view – and not just concerning the perceived wrong done to the Muslim Umma (or people). Such an ideology expects Islam to dominate rather than to accept a subservient place in world affairs. It promotes pan-Islam and the ultimate rejection of nation-states, even Muslim ones. It may be that some extremists chatter about an Islamic state, in this part of the world or that; however, its ultimate aim is a single Islamic political, social, economic and spiritual entity.
For many, the restoration of the Caliphate is integral to this project and, given past history, we should not be sanguine that Western powers will not collude with it if they believe it promotes a temporary self-interest. Such a vision of pan-Islam is not restricted to the Muslim world as it is now but also includes lands “lost” to Islam whether that be India, Palestine, East Timor, South Sudan or the Iberian countries.

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