This coming Sunday is the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
On the morning of 9/11 I was working at a small HVAC controls and low voltage cabling company when my then wife called with the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. At first I was convinced it was a small plane, just from the way she described it. Then the second plane hit and she called again. She was on the phone with me, her mother, her friends, all day sitting there watching on TV as the networks played the plane’s impact against the south tower again and again, with my nearly 33 month old son and 11 month old daughter sitting with her also watching. The boy started to play games, as a 2 year old is going to do, pretending to fly planes into giant buildings. I was listening on the radio. Since I was still a Democrat at the time, I tuned into the local public radio station. It was playing the news feed from NPR and BBC America. The thing that I didn’t understand was why the radio programs kept on asking why this had happened to the US, and going on to explain that it was America’s fault that the rest of the world hated us so much.
The morning wore on with me isolated from the news but wanting to know. Again and again the wife would call with news of some fresh horror, like the human bodies jumping, falling, or being pushed from the towers and impacting on the pavement, or the news that the south tower had collapsed, or the north one, or that the President and Vice President had gone into hiding, or that this was a declaration of war against the US. At lunch-time the boss cleared out and left me the only one to watch the store. Without any television or good online news coverage at the time all my news of the disaster was over the radio, or via phone from the wife, until I got home that night. We must have watched the impact hundreds of times over the next few days. I remember having to explain what happened many times to my son, and finally convincing him that he should not play “plane crashes into building” games.
Quickly the storyline in the Democrat Party and its media focused on how all this was America’s fault. It might have been all the oil that America was buying, or Vietnam, or ordinary Americans’ riches, or the existence of cowboys or Texas, but plenty of reasons were identified by Democrats, and surprisingly they all boiled down to Republicans’ fault. They didn’t care that New York was the quintessential Democrat city, unless Washington DC was the ideal Dem city. They recommended we be less public in our Christianity, and accept Islam more. But what the Democrats and their media missed was this.
Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent’s heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. Its is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him. […]
Terror […] is basically related to the strength or weakness of the human soul. It can be instilled only if the opponent’s Faith is destroyed. Psychological dislocation is temporary; spiritual dislocation is permanent. Psychological dislocation can be produced by a physical act but this does not hold good of the spiritual dislocation. To instil terror into the hearts of the enemy, it is essential, in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith. An invincible Faith is immune to terror. A weak Faith offers inroads to terror.S. K. Malik, The Qu’ranic Concept of War, p 59-60.
Malik was a Pakistani general. He wrote the Qu’ranic Concept of War as a primer in the Islamic version of Just War. The Pakistani military uses the Qu’ranic Concept of War as its strategic bible. It takes its doctrine directly from the Koran, that Muslims should use terror to wage war against their enemies, and attack their enemies’ faith in order to make it easier to terrorize them. Once upon a time a wise man named Calvin Coolidge said
the chief business of the American people is business.
The quote has been bowdlerized in the recounting since then, but there is a lot of truth in it. As another blogger wrote a few years ago:
The targets of 9/11 were symbolic of American capitalism and international commerce. The World Trade Center was no longer the world’s tallest building, but it was a powerful (and easy to hit) symbol of international trade and the material prosperity produced by capitalism and commerce. The Pentagon is the center of the American military, which protects the sea-lanes of the world from pirates and supports the advance of international commerce and finance. And the last plane that crashed into a pasture in Shanksville, Pennsylvania was destined to strike the US Capitol Building, the seat of the Senate and House of Representatives, the source of laws regulating commerce for the United States, which is so abhorrent to Jihadists who believe only in the law of Sharia.
Since 2001, and at an accelerated pace since 2009, American prosperity has been attacked relentlessly from within the US government. Regulation, in the form of Sarbanes-Oxley, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank has hamstrung American businesses as the government mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac created a collapse of toxic mortgage assets that robbed Americans of 30% of their home values and 20% of their retirements. The GM and Chrysler bailouts robbed secured investors in those businesses while giving their place in the payout line to Democrat campaign contributors in the unions. EPA and NLRB regulations threaten to further dismantle American businesses as the Department of Justice selectively prosecutes American businesses like Gibson Guitars for DOJ’s misinterpretation of foreign laws. There is an organized attempt to destroy American business, and as American businesses relocate overseas in self defense against these perverse tax and regulatory attacks, the Democrat Party stirs up class warfare against business for leaving.
Feeling dispirited yet? It gets worse.
In the meantime, the religion that served as the justification for the 9/11 attacks has become known as the “religion of peace.” As the pace of suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks increased, the government, the Democrat Party, and the media have cooperated to whitewash Islam’s role in terrorism and its continuing war against the US. With a couple of minutes working on the GTD Data Rivers tool I generated the following graph, with legend included. If it’s hard to read at about 60% of its original size, click on it to see the full version.
Examine this graph and you will see that the increase in terrorism between 2000 and 2010 was in the pink and green regions, which are the Middle East and North Africa (pink) and South Asia (green). All the terrorism in those areas is Muslim terror. It’s true if you go back to before 1991 there was also a lot of terror, but it was in South America, Europe, and South Asia (Pakistan and India). What happened in 1991 again that would have reduced the world supply of terror? The USSR, which had a policy of global terror to advance communism around the world, collapsed. Notice how terrorism almost completely disappeared in Central and South America and in Western Europe around that time. The USSR stopped fomenting revolutionary terrorism around the world in 1991, and that’s when world peace started to take hold. Terror reached its low point around 1998, stayed low until a couple of years after 9/11, and then rocketed up again.
The latest rise has not been because of the USSR’s meddling. The USSR is gone, replaced by Russia. Russia is not a nice country. Its goals are hostile to the US. But it is not a terror sponsoring nation in the same way the USSR used to be. There is a new sponsor of terror in the world and its name is Jihad. That is the Islamic doctrine of war and terror, as explained very ably in English in S. K. Malik’s book. Jihad is why the 19 hijackers of 9/11 flew those planes into the twin towers and the Pentagon, and it is why they crashed into a lonely pasture in Shanksville PA. Jihad is the strategic doctrine of war. It is a commandment. It is mandatory for Muslims to participate in Jihad against the unbelievers. America is full of unbelievers, not only in Islam, but all too many who don’t believe in Christianity, commerce, or even America. Thanks to a hundred years of work by the American left, we as a nation don’t believe much of anything except what we read in the papers or see on TV.
You won’t hear this on BBC America or NPR, or read it on the front page of the New York Times. But now you know the rest of the story.
We do not believe as the Jihadists do. And that’s why they hate us.
There is a second question that wasn’t asked back after 9/11. “Why do they attack us?” The reason they attack us is that we don’t believe in much of anything, and that makes us weak as a nation.
You won’t read that in the New York Times either, or hear it on NPR and BBC America.