Today is a day of respect and reflection.
As we reflect, let us ask ourselves WHY?
Why do perfectly healthy young men, all Saudi, dedicate their lives to destroying so many other innocents?
Why do their religious leaders condone such actions?
Why does the Saudi government condone, even support such actions; as recently alleged in recent court filings? and possibly in still-redacted government reports?
Why do our leaders and academics not discuss the underlying reasons all these people would want such violence?
Here are some possible reasons for the violence.
1) These Saudis and other religious extremists are crazy and like to do such things.
2) Perhaps these extremists are intent on starting a 100 year religious war, like the Crusades of old?
3) Or perhaps these extremists are registering their inability to fight Western evils in all its forms?
My bet is on number 3, because the other two don’t make sense. It’s also the one that extremists use for recruiting.
What are these evils? One is unconditional support for Israel and other religious countries, no matter how their Islamic populations are treated. Another is our export of vice in the form of gambling, entertainment, movies, TV, songs, etc. And finally, the icing on the cake, is that there are no regrets on the part of Western leaders. Vice is big business!
On this day, this day on which we should all pause and respect those who died because of extremists, and those who have gone and fought the extremist enemy, we instead have fresh evidence as to how we are exporting our own morals onto those who don’t want them.
A beautiful young woman decided she would gain fame be desecrating ancient monuments in Egypt. They warned her, they tried to stop her. She and her photographer managed to survive, and escape with the pictures they wanted.
Was the experience enough to stop them from publishing those pictures? Oh no oh no.
But what’s worse is the several news organizations decided they would help her by publishing her story to the internet. And so it grows. It’s news, of a sort.
But what is worse is that we are insulting today’s Egyptians. We are insulting their very identity. And we are tempting them to strike back in any way they can.
Here are a few links to her story, and a few others highlighting the US effort to “fight evil” as well as how “evil” also exists within our borders.
We will never fully appreciate the sacrifice made by those in the twin towers until we are ourselves brave enough to ask WHY. Until we have enough backbone to fight against hate and disrespect WHERE EVER it appears.
The young woman should be publicly chastised, and the pictures deleted. She should be returned to Egypt to suffer their laws. The gentleman trying to murder people in his car should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those organizing “far-right” rallies should be suppressed by every leader who has sworn to uphold the costitution, sung the National Anthem (of the US), or recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Until these things happen, nothing will happen. Until the next set of extremists make their stand.
Honor those who perished, honor those who truly serve, and honor those yet to come by answering WHY. Then do something about it.