September 11, 2012
On this day Al-Qaeda, a radical Sunni Salafist jihadist Muslim movement, launched a callous and unprovoked attack on United States soil. The results were massive destruction of lives and property, testing our resolve to overcome adversities.
Eleven years after 9/11/01, America is stronger and more resilient. The terrorists lost and we have won. Their calculated plan of undermining our freedom by installing mistrust in our society; destroying our economy; damaging our global image as the strongest defender of human rights and democracy; instilling the sense of hopelessness in our society and thereby changing our ways of life FAILED.
Eleven years after 9/11/01
- America is stronger
- Our economy is coming back
- We are more hopeful
- We continue to cherish our democratic values and freedom
- Our global image has surpassed what it was pre 9/11/01
- World leaders are depending more on the US for global leadership
- Trust among our diverse cultures, religions, and racial communities have grown stronger since 9/11/01
- We have decimated the leadership of Al-Qaeda and denied them of many safe havens
- Osama bin Laden, the father of Al-Qaeda, is at the bottom of the Arabian Sea
- America won and the terrorists lost
As we remember 9/11, I want to draw public attention to the stealthy characteristics of Al-Qaeda. The radical Sunni Salafist jihadist Muslim movement is like a parasite that preys on a vulnerable organism. After suffering catastrophic defeat and losses at the hands of our brave and patriotic warrior’s, Al-Qaeda is dynamically evolving. The so-called “Arab Spring” has become their new host. They have hijacked the legitimate demands for freedom, justice, and political inclusion by the oppressed masses of the autocratic despots for decades.
Following the UN resolution creating the No Fly zone in Libya, Al-Qaeda Jihadists from all over the Middle East and North Africa rushed into Libya (Zelin & Andrew, 2012) and hijacked the Libyan revolution. The result has been the massacre of African migrant workers (humanrightsinvestigations.org, 2011), tribal war, and the disintegration of Libyan society (Times of Israel, 2012). The ultimate outcome will be the breakup of Libya into tribal enclaves.
In Syria, the people’s peaceful demands for justice, social inclusion and political participation has become the next host organism of this parasite. According to Dr. Jacques Beres, the co-founder of Doctors without Borders, their goal is to transform Syria into an Islamic State governed by Islamic “Sharia” law. Dr. Beres makes this observation following his return from a medical humanitarian mission in Syria in which he discovered that 60% of the armed rebels he treated during his two-week stay in Aleppo city were non-Syrian. He also revealed that some of the foreign insurgents told him directly that they were not very interested in the fall of the Syrian Government and its leadership but very interested in taking power to establish a new Syrian State governed by Sharia Law (Irish, 2012).
Do not be misled by the 24-hour cable corporate news bombardment filling our screens with gruesome images of atrocities and push us to rush to judgment against the Syrian government. Al-Qaeda has become a very savvy organization whose members have mastered the art of media warfare. Armed with sophisticated propaganda tactics, Al-Qaeda continues to be able to recruit new devotees. Despite enormous victories against Al-Qaeda always remember it is a parasitic organization, which continues to evolve and seek new prey.
As we commemorate the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, let us be reminded about where those 19 hijackers came from:
- Waleed al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)
- Wail al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)
- Abdulaziz al-Omari (Saudi Arabia)
- Satam al-Suqami (Saudi Arabia)
- Mohand al-Shehri (Saudi Arabia)
- Hamza al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
- Ahmed al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
- Hani Hanjour (Saudi Arabia)
- Khalid al-Mihdhar (Saudi Arabia)
- Majed Moqed (Saudi Arabia)
- Nawaf al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabia)
- Salem al-Hazmi (Saudi Arabia)
- Ahmed al-Haznawi (Saudi Arabia)
- Ahmed al-Nami (Saudi Arabia)
- Saeed al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
- Marwan al-Shehhi (United Arab Emirate)
- Fayez Banihammad (United Arab Emirate)
- Mohamed Atta (Egypt)
- Ziad Jarrah (Lebanon)
Saudi Arabia birthed and nurtured 15 of the 19 hijackers. The Sunni house of Saudi despots, who for decades have brutally ruled Saudi Arabia with an iron fist, is the leading supporter of the Syrian insurgency (Robertson, 2012). Therefore, by supporting the Syrian rebel insurgent group infested with Al-Qaeda Salafist jihadists, they are aiding and abetting Al-Qaeda in usurping power in another Arabic state. Turning Syria from a moderate, secular society where Christians, Jews and all types of Muslim sects have lived together peacefully for generations into a persecutory and murderous place for anyone not a Sunni Muslim.
As we memorialize 9/11/01 today, let us rekindle the American courage, will, and audacity to overcome all adversity.
May the souls of all those who perished on that day and the souls of all our brave and patriotic warriors who have died for the cause of keeping us safe rest in perpetual peace.
God Bless America.
About the author:
Jacob D. Massaquoi, II is a Liberian war victim. He is a human rights, environmental, and political activist. A nonprofit expert, he has created several organizations including African Refuge (http://africanrefuge.webs.com/executivedirectorbio.htm ). He has won several awards including the 2009 Max Hayman Award for Human Rights (http://www.aoatoday.com/award2.php). He is a NBC 2009 Making the Difference Nominee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5gZip0jUYw). He is the current Secretary General of the Liberian Initiative for Justice (http://www.liberianinitiativeforjustice.org/), an advocacy group campaigning for the establishment of an Internationally Backed War Crimes Court on Liberia to hold accountable Liberian warlords and their patrons for perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity during the course of the barbaric Liberian civil war from December 24, 1989-August 24, 2003.
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Robertson, N. (2012, August 20). Retrieved September 10, 2012, from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/20/world/meast/syria-saudi-aid/index.html
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