Commemorating 9/11 in the Middle East

Although there are dozens, if not hundreds, of theories on the cause of the recent violent protests against  American embassies in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Yemen, Bangladesh and the Swiss embassy, which acts in U. S. interest, in Iran; two countries are clear about the causes.  Russia and China in editorials in state sponsored media are blaming a failed American policy; by supporting the Arab Spring and desiring the downfall of “strongman” (Chinese term) the United States created an even larger community of anti-Americans in the Islamic world in the view of the Russian and Chinese commentators.  No sympathy, just “we told you so” and “you had it coming.”

Wow! Really? Yep, we did it ourselves, just as we as a nation are responsible for the 12-minute video clip that depicts – a thing forbidden in Islam – the prophet Mohammed as a somewhat stupid, oversexed, greedy and cruel man.  That video, said to be part of full length movie (which no one has seen), was the pretext for dozens of protests against the United States.  I say pretext not from superior knowledge, but rather from reading and listening to an endless stream of commentary on the subject.  The only demonstration that was clearly organized to protest the video was in Egypt and was called for the Freedom and Justice Party – the Muslim Brotherhood.  The date chosen was just coincidentally the 11th anniversary of the Osama bin Ladin inspired attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.  Of course, that date was accidental; the other demonstrations/attacks on embassies all seemed to have been planned and organized well in advance and only used the video as a cover and camouflage for their actual intent – to celebrate 9/11 by attacking American embassies.

It is possible, in this atmosphere of limitless conspiracy theories, to theorize that the video itself was made by Islamic radicals to be used for just this purpose.  As the story was first breaking, it was said the movie was directed by an Israeli Jew, who raise $5 million from 100 rich American Jews.  Now, I don’t know about you, but that is just too perfect for inciting riots in the Arab street for me to take it at face value.  Well, it seems the man is not that man, indeed no one is quite certain who made the film – or dubbed it, because it seems there was a bait and switch between the original script as spoken by the actors and the dubbed speech that was released.  Now the producer of the film is said to be an Egyptian Coptic Christian – oh, good just what we need another guaranteed irritant for the radicals to use.  The Associated Press and other are on the case and turning over every stone, you know an Oliver-like stone, to find the guilty party and expose him to glaring light of the international media.  Oddly, there is a matching film in Farsi that portrays Jews in much the same way, characterless of real people, greedy, oversexed, cruel and sinister; if you watched them both, I swear you might think they were produced by the same people.  The demonstration in Iran produced an interesting sign held up by several protestors – Hollywood = Zionwood.  Because no attack on the United States is complete without making Israel and America part of a single, anti-Muslim unit, is it?  However, the Iranian film has yet to cause any backlash, demonstrations or killed ambassadors.

So what is going on? Who knows?  It is clear that without openly claiming to celebrate 9/11, although there are a couple of videos online in Arabic with speeches by well-known Al-Qaeda leaders that do exactly that – celebrate their great victory. But not all of the armed attackers are members or Al-Qaeda nor are they concerned with the United States or Israel; some are clearly trying out some tactics, weapons and organization and attempting in the process to further destabilize new and tentative governments, like those in Tunisia, Libya and Yemen.  This is a story with shelf-life – it may fall off the front pages of our newspapers, but it is going to get a lot of play in the Arab world and probably in the former Sino-Soviet block – which at the moment seems alive and well.

Regardless of who produced that video or who organized the demonstration/attacks and regardless of who is hiding behind the video and demonstrations to work an agenda – the intent was and is evil.  It is all intended to justify killing, to destabilize an already unstable region and to encourage others to do the same.  And that is an appropriate way to celebrate the anniversary of an equally evil event – the attacks of 9/11.  The week’s events were simply a Middle Eastern commemoration of 9/11 – whether we like it or not, to many in the Islamic community that requires attacking Americans.


8 Responses to “Commemorating 9/11 in the Middle East”

  1. 1 Howard Mcghee September 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Great insight of a tragic situation. There are people that want Israel to load bombs now and drop them on Iran a week or two before the election. Should we leave altogether? Shouldn’t we leave altogether?

  2. 2 Rex D Stock September 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve been waiting to see the first of what I am sure will be more posts from you on this subject. As your piece states, the smokey mirrors are convex, and our 3-D glasses we dawn to watch this unfold are not working properly, causing our heads to ache more than our hearts. Keep up us to speed, Kenny… We need trusted sources like yours to wade through it all… Rex

  3. 3 Ken Adams September 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    That is a very tall order and I am afraid beyond my capabilities. But in this case I have watched the videos – both – and some interesting Al-Qaeda messages.

  4. 4 Ken Adams September 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Leave is an option, but in truth we are not there, no more than we are in China or Russia, India or Chile – we have diplomatic missions, but not much more. We give them money, but we cannot change anything. But you are right, it is time to rethink our long-term international strategies – we are no longer living in the post World War Two era.

  5. 5 Bill Hanigan September 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Libya seems to have been a well planned attack, not a result of religious fervour. The first US Ambassador in 30+ years to have been killed on duty. I keep thinking of Robert Gates and his “what’s the endgame?” Is the world a better place for the “Arab Spring” ? I wonder how Kissinger would answer both those questions. How long ago was the “Inquisition” ? Do we have to wait that long?

  6. 6 Ken Adams September 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

    There are too many people disenfranchised people in the Arab world, those people are always willing to go into the street to protest – there are too many people who have been taught not only to hate all non-believers but to accept killing them as right, there are too many people reared without a political system for peaceful change, they know only violence and repression to deal with opponents. There are lots and lots of other people in the Arab world, but they often get overwhelmed by the others. Only a very small segment of population in any of those countries participated – the video did have one interest scene – a Coptic family fled from an angry, sign carrying mob, the mob destroyed their business – the police stood by and the officer in charge told his officers to wait until it was over before they stepped in. The video is terrible – but that scene does have a foundation in fact in Egypt.

  7. 7 Bill Hanigan September 17, 2012 at 2:04 am

    ‘Yes, I’m as angry as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more” Well I’m still going through that phase and your comments make me think in a larger sphere. We had a significant demonstration in Sydney this weekend. Four year old children carrying placards “behead those who insult islam” “muslims go to heaven and you all go to hell” An 8 year old girl was a speaker at an Islamic conference and spoke for a “jihad and an international sharia state” I spent 10 years in the middle east and never ever heard this bullshit, and that’s all it is. Unadulterated BS to antagonise and create division. This is not how the educated muslim thinks. It’s not the problem of the US, it’s wahabbi fundamentalism running wild amongst a disenfrachised muslim population. Saudi is working slowly, too damn slowly to address this, but goddam we don’t have to accept this ignorance and bigotry.

  8. 8 Ken Adams September 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    It may be wahabbi – however, I believe that fundamentalism can start again from the same point, be lead by other people, but reach the same types of conclusions. When 1400 year old text is used as the only guide for modern life it immediately faces the same issue the U. S. Constitution faces – life is very, very different and the rules that worked then are very difficult to apply today. You are right, the kind of religious rhetoric was not part of the Middle East when you were there, except in Iran, but that is because the religious fundamentalist were keep quiet by strong, secular governments. But they were there below the surface. Anyone or any religion the believes it has the absolute truth and all other believes are wrong will eventually create conflict when it gains power.

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