By Tarek Fatah
September 11, 2019
As names of the victims of jihad who died on September 11,
2001 were read out on Wednesday morning in New York, it occurred to me that a
crucial aspect of remembering the tragedy was missing.
There was no mention of the evil that struck us that day and
has continued to hit us wherever liberal secular democracy exists, be it on 7/7
in London or 26/11 in Mumbai, or for that matter Kabul, Bali, Madrid, Paris,
Damascus, and right here in Ottawa and Toronto.
If aliens were to drop by to watch the ceremony, they would
get the impression that we were not commemorating the anniversary of an attack,
but some catastrophic natural disaster such as the 1883 eruption of the
Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia or the 1775 Lisbon earthquake.
It seems that from the centre-right to the centre-left, no
one in the West dares to utter the ideology that nurtures our enemies, let
alone develop a determination to defeat them.
Some have tried to eradicate the malaria of jihadi terrorism
by shooting down individual mosquitoes, but as anyone who has fought that
disease knows, one can only defeat malaria by draining the swamps. Invasions of
Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan to eliminate Al Qaeda, the Taliban and the Islamic
State have all failed because the “war against terror” became a profitable
venture for America’s military-industrial complex.
Pakistan, the country that nurtured the mastermind of 9/11,
Khaled Sheikh Muhammad, and hosted Al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden, escaped all
scrutiny as its wily diplomats ran circles of deceit around Western governments
while corrupt jihadi generals profited immensely and still do. In the meantime,
our allies in India and Afghanistan suffer as they are used as laboratories
where dozens of jihadi groups practice holy war, which is then exported from
Mindanao in The Philippines, to California on the Pacific and Nigeria and
Somalia in between.
Canadian newspapers too had little to say on the 9/11
anniversary, notwithstanding our own recent skirmishes with jihadis. At times
we have even rewarded them, then allowed ‘former’ Jihadis to ‘deradicalise’
them. Both must be laughing at us.
I scoured The New York Times story on the 9/11 anniversary
for words like ‘Al Qaeda’, ‘Bin Laden’, ‘jihad’, ‘Taliban’, ‘Khaled Sheikh
Muhammad’ and even ‘Arab’ or ‘Saudi’, but found no mention. It seemed the
liberal media dares not to mention the enemy for fear it may be labelled
‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’.
While the West is in disarray with Trump, Boris Johnson and
Macron fulfilling the role of the Three Stooges on the world stage, Islamists
keep up a barrage of propaganda positioning the Muslim community as victims of
what they see as essentially hostile Western society.
Even as Canadians prepare to vote in the 2019 October
elections, not a single political party has raised the issue of how it will
tackle the rise of Islamist terrorism worldwide. Not one. There was a time when
a prime minister had the courage to name ‘Islamism’ as a worldwide threat, but
not his successor in Sussex Drive nor the man who leads his party.
And while they were reading the names in New York of the
women and men who perished as victims of jihad on 9/11, no one in Canada cared
for our Canadian brothers and sisters who died that day. As a courtesy to the
voiceless, here are the names of the forgotten 27:
Frank Joseph Doyle
Their blood is on the hands of those who engineered 9/11.
Until they are defeated, we should not rest.
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