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9/11: What Shall We Never Forget?

September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by an Islamist militant group. Much has been said that “We Shall Never Forget.” But what “Shall We Never Forget.”

To commemorate this day, We Shall Never Forget:

• September 11, 2001 – a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and Washington, D.C
• 2,977 innocent victims were needlessly, senselessly and cowardly slaughtered.
• 2,922 innocent civilians were needlessly, senselessly and cowardly slaughtered.
• 55 innocent military personnel were needlessly, senselessly and cowardly slaughtered.
• Since 1972, 3,094 have been killed by Muslims in America in 66 terror attacks.
• An Islamist militant group perpetuated the 9/11attacks
• Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks
• The Arab world remained relatively silent about the attacks that day
• The Arab world remains relatively silent about the attacks to this day
• As of August 2, 4,683 brave Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the launch of the War on Terror on October 7, 2001.

• Osama bin Laden declared a holy war against the United States, and a fatwā signed by bin Laden and others calling for the killing of American civilians in 1998.
• 2002 June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.
• 2003 May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.
• 2004 May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.
• 2004 June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.
• 2004 Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.
• 2005 Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan: suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
• 2006 Sept. 13, Damascus, Syria: an attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.
• 2007 Jan. 12, Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.
• 2007 Dec. 11, Algeria: more than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria’s Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.
• 2008 May 26, Iraq: a suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills six U.S. soldiers and wounds 18 others in Tarmiya.
• 2008 June 24, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills at least 20 people, including three U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.
• 2008 June 12, Afghanistan: four American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah Province.
• 2008 July 13, Afghanistan: nine U.S.soldiers and at least 15 NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base in Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It’s the most deadly against U.S. troops in three years.
• 2008 Aug. 18 and 19, Afghanistan: as many as 15 suicide bombers backed by about 30 militants attack a U.S. military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan.
• 2008 Sept. 16, Yemen: a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians.
• 2008 Nov. 26, India: in a series of attacks on several of Mumbai’s landmarks and commercial hubs that are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a hospital, a train station, and a cinema. About 300 people are wounded and nearly 190 people die, including at least 5 Americans.
• 2009 Feb. 9, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills four American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.
• 2009 April 10, Iraq: a suicide attack kills five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.
• 2009 June 1, Little Rock, Arkansas: Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center. One is killed and the other is wounded. In a January 2010 letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed pleeding guilty called the shooting a jihadi attack “to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”
• 2009 Dec. 25: A Nigerian man on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear.
• 2009 Dec. 30, Iraq: a suicide bomber kills eight Americans civilians, seven of them CIA agents, at a base in Afghanistan. It’s the deadliest attack on the agency since 9/11.
• 2010 May 1, New York City: a car bomb is discovered in Times Square, New York City after smoke is seen coming from a vehicle. Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to placing the bomb as well as 10 terrorism and weapons charges.
• 2010 Oct. 29: two packages are found on separate cargo planes bound from Yemen to the United States. Each package contains a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11-14 oz) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism.

Islamic Terror Attacks on American

In closing, fact and figures besides, the larger question is what have we learned. First and foremost, secured boarders, a robust intelligent network and fast response will reduce the risk of another major act of terrorism on our soil. The needle most clearly points almost qualitatively to the Arab world for such acts of terrorism. Self-radicalized Muslims remain the new covert threat. It appears that after more than a thousand years of Jihad some pockets in the Arab world are still intent on destroying the Western World.

It seems it’s up to the moderates to once and for all step in and control their own destiny and become a viable part of the world. It is not clear the role the Arab moderates played in the recent unrest in the Mid-East. It will sever no one in the world any good if all that will comes out is new wolves in sheep clothes. No, this is not to say, we should turn our back and bring our forces home from what appears another protracted and resource intensive war. Far from the case!

The sad thing is the Arab World is losing ground to the rest of the world. While the Western world struggle with economic, health, education and welfare issues, no such debates are being waged in the Mid-East. The gap is growing and growing wider each day.

Finally, while the industrialized world adopts non-fossil fuel energy solutions and reduces their reliance on foreign oil, the Arab world’s only trump card will ultimately become an empty hand. Sooner or later, the Mid-Eastern countries will awake to the fact than their one-horse pony export market cannot sustain their economy. Now is the time to work on increasing their competitiveness on the global landscape and bolstering internal consumption at all levels.

The world anxiously waits for a resurgence of Islamic inventions and innovations that benefit mankind. During the Islamic Golden Age (c.750 CE – c.1258 CE) philosophers, scientists and engineers of the Islamic world contributed enormously to technology. The style of numbering in use all round the world is Arabic and first appears in print in the work of the Muslim mathematicians al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi’s book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi’s discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.
Nevertheless, all Americans would agree that a repeat of 9/11 would be met with even hasher and swifter consequences. If this is how the Arab world wants to operate, so be it. But in the end America will prevail. It’s time to recognize diversity and strive for peace and prosperity.

At the end of the great 1951 Sc-Fi movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Klatuu, the humanoid alien said these words to the leaders of the world, “I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression………. The result is that we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war—free to pursue more profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. Your choice is simple: Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer; the decision rests with you.’

It’s time to work together.

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