My humble opinion on
December 17, 2001
A Muslim Crisis?
By now, I'm sure you've seen or at
least heard of the Osama bin Laden videotape, in which he rejoices over
the World Trade Center attack and removes any doubt that he was
responsible for it.
"We calculated in advance the
number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the
position of the tower," said the Evil One. "We calculated that
the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the
most optimistic of them all. (...Inaudible...) due to my
experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in
the place would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the
area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all
that we had hoped for."
Even the O.J. Simpson jury would
convict bin Laden based on that quote.
But he reveals his true wickedness
when discussing the hijackers. "The brothers, who conducted the
operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we
asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about
the operation, not even one letter. But they were trained and we did not
reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they
boarded the planes."
Think Osama's rabid followers caught
the utter contempt their wonderful leader apparently holds for them?
These supposedly brave heroes of Islam weren't even worthy of the truth
of the operation. Osama the twisted shepherd led them like blind sheep
over the cliff, and they joyously plummeted to their deaths. They (and
other suicide bombers) are no heroes, just stupid, meek little lambs led
to the slaughter.
The reaction to the videotape among
the civilized world was predictable. For most, including most Muslims,
it was the last bit of proof they needed to be convinced of Osama's
But many couldn't believe their own
eyes. "Many Arabs Shrug At Bin Laden Video" announced the Washington
Post this past Friday. A Muslim researcher told the Qatar-based
al-Jazeera news channel that the tape "was fabricated." I
wonder what evidence he presented to support his theory.
"It's a forgery, of course,"
declared the sadly delusional Mohamed Atta, father of the hijacker
leader. "Damn America, the land of forgery and fabrication."
Abdul Latif Arabyati, leader of
something called the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, asked, "Do the
Americans think the world is that stupid?"
An Egyptian housewife offered this
illuminating comment. "I still don't see anything that proves he
Such denial was not unique to the
Middle East. In Cleveland, a Lebanese man told a shopkeeper that
"You can't hear the Arabic too well. Who knows what they're
actually saying?" Another customer thought the dialogue was
fabricated and dubbed over a harmless tape of Osama eating dinner.
Even the shopkeeper, Ameen Hammad, was
skeptical. "It just doesn't make sense. Why would he just sit there
and talk about it, and leave the tape lying around?"
It must be said that most Muslims
accepted the obvious, even those who gave Osama the benefit of the
doubt. But the reaction of many, many others, especially in the Middle
East, is troubling, because it reveals a deep hatred and irrational suspicion
toward the United States. That does not bode well for long-term peaceful
relations with the Middle East.
In fact, the Muslim world is facing a
critical choice, and some say even a crisis. Does it align itself with
the terrorists or with the civilized world? Many seem to be siding with
Many Arabs in the Middle East, taught
since elementary school that Americans and Jews are lying devils out to
destroy Islam, are inflamed by these same terrorists and their willing
accomplices in the radical mosques. They may be beyond even the truth.
There's no convincing them of our good intentions, of our desire only
for peace and prosperity in their land. They seem ready to side with the
terrorists, which is unfortunate. If they make that choice, then the
Muslim world will truly be in crisis, one of its own making.
Arafat in Trouble
Yassir Arafat is in serious trouble.
The recent orgy of suicide bombings and bus shootings by the Palestinian
terrorist group Hamas shows that he is either unwilling or unable to
halt violence against Jewish civilians. Either way, negotiating with
someone who has nothing to give is fruitless, which is why the Israeli
government has cut off all ties with Arafat and launched its own
offensive against terrorism.
Many people have convinced themselves
that Arafat desires only peace, and would be happy with his own little Palestinian
state next to an Israeli state. I don't believe it. I don't think he's
ever given up on his ultimate goal of the destruction of Israel. To this
very day, Palestinian textbooks demonize Israel and Jews, and their maps
don't even show Israel.
I think Arafat either leads these
terrorist groups or at the very least allows them to freely operate,
while trying to show the West he's doing his darndest to stop them but
they're just so popular that he'd lose power or be killed if he stopped
them. But that's a dangerous position, because if he can't control them,
how can he deliver peace? And if he can control them, why are they still
Many Arafat supporters and apologists
have ignored this, but that's now impossible. Arafat's ineffectiveness
is now on display for the entire world. So why keep him around? But if
Arafat goes away, many ask, who replaces him? Hamas? Hezebollah? That's
not any better.
Perhaps it is. With an
"honest" terrorist in charge, we know what and whom we're
dealing with. We know their true goal, which is killing innocent Jewish
civilians. Terrorism is an extremely unpopular activity right now, and I
don't see even the surrounding Arab countries doing much if Israel wipes
out the Palestinian terrorists, which they could do any time. These same
Arab states, like Syria and Iran and Saudi Arabia, claim to support the
Palestinian cause, while denying Palestinians entry into their country.
Their hypocrisy is also on display.
So if Arafat falls, Palestinian
terrorism could fall with it. That's a bad thing?