International Terror Please take a few minutes and read the following
September 11, 2001 Attack on America In a horrific suicide attack against the United States, terrorists crash commercial passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people.
The world is in shock But amid the shock, rises the human instinct to do something. In Israel, within hours of the attack, citizens spontaneously line up to donate blood, light candles, grieve the dead, and fly the American flag. A national day of mourning is declared as all Israeli flags are lowered to half mast, in respect and sympathy for the American tragedy. The Israeli government is among the first to offer a search and rescue team to help with the rescue efforts. Streets in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem are renamed “Pentagon Rd.” and “New York St.”.
While in London, Ottawa, Tel-Aviv and Moscow tens of thousands mourn, gave blood and participated in support rallies, in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Lebanon thousands of Palestinians danced and celebrated, chanting “God is Great”, firing in the air and handing out sweets.
“… the thousands and thousands of ordinary Americans ripped yesterday from their families and friends, from their hard work and their good works, from their joys and their melancholy -- these Americans, whose final agonies were celebrated in the streets of Palestine and elsewhere in the Arab world , a world of captive minds, unworkable economies, and failed societies -- weren't on the front lines. They need no equivalents and have none. They enter our history books as the involuntary but decisive instruments of a great and chastening lesson: that there is true evil in the world and that this evil cannot be placated. It must be fought and, sadly, it must be fought continuously and fiercely.” The New Republic, September 13, 2001
Every decent, honest person should ask WHY? Why are these people celebrating the death of so many innocent people? How can they be so happy just because American citizens die? Where does this hatred come from ?
This hatred was nurtured for many years by poisonous incitement in the Palestinian education and media. Arafat’s incitement against America should not come as a surprise. It is nothing new. During the Gulf War, in 1991, Yasser Arafat was Saddam Hussein's biggest supporter. In the West Bank and Gaza thousands of Palestinians marched in anti-U.S. rallies and called on Hussein to destroy the U.S. Arafat’s legitimacy was hurt due to his support of Saddam Hussein. He learned his lesson… After September 11th,, when he saw his people dancing in the streets and knew how terrible it would look in the press of the free world, he stated that he was “shocked” by what happened in the U.S. The Palestinian Authority threatened AP and Reuters journalists and warned them not to broadcast these images, saying they could not be held responsible for the journalists’ lives and safety if they were to do so. . .
With his cynical manipulations of the world media, Arafat reached new depths. Well, he didn’t REALLY donate his blood , but the world media got a great show. The truth is that his blood was spilled right after it was drawn, because Arafat takes many medications and his blood is unfit for public use. But as a media gimmick, it was a big success for Arafat. He donated blood for the American victims.
Palestinian children are encouraged to step on American and Israeli flags during Palestinian Authority’s military training camps and demonstrations. The hate that has nourished the Palestinian people for so many years, in the Palestinian’s media and education system, can not be turned off with a button each time Arafat is afraid about the way it will look in the free world media.
“ Have no mercy on the Jews , no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them . Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them” -- Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, a member of the Palestinian Authority's Fatwa Council , October 13, 2000 "Allah, deal with the Jews , your enemies and the enemies of Islam. Deal with the crusaders, and America , and Europe behind them, O Lord of the worlds." Palestinian Official Television Broadcasts call for Killing Jews and Americans
The Palestinian official television is supported by the U.S.A. and the E.U.
Turn on the TV - a sheik offers “ blessings to whoever saved a bullet to put in a Jew's head. ” Open the mail - a letter from Arafat praises the Tel Aviv disco terrorist as a “ model of manhood and sacrifice. ” Send a child to one of the Palestinian Authority's summer camps and he learns that murdering Jews will assure him a place in heaven . Click on the web site of Arafat's PLO faction (www.fateh.net) and read how the killing must continue until “ the Zionist state is demolished. ” -- The Boston Globe , August 23, 2001
These are the people who want the destruction of Israel. They are dangerous, not only to Israel, but to the entire free world .
Millions of people throughout the Islamic world flood the streets in happiness and praise Bin Laden and his act in the U.S.
Top intelligence officials told Congress this week that the Lebanese Hezbollah and possibly Palestinian groups such as Hamas are suspected of helping the suicide pilots. There is also evidence that both organizations were involved in the deadly Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Representatives of Al-Qaeda , Hezbollah , Hamas , Islamic Jihad and other terror organizations met in Beirut in February to form " a terrorist NATO " to fight the United States and Israel, sources said. - The New York Post, September 15, 2001 Intelligence sources say that, despite religious differences and political rivalries, Hezbollah and bin Laden's Al-Qaeda have been working together for some time. Bin Laden operative Ali Mohammed, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, testified about meetings between the Saudi millionaire and Hezbollah leaders. He also told of explosives training given to Al-Qaeda operatives by Hezbollah fighters.
All 19 hijackers lived, trained and got ready for their deed in the U.S. and Europe, without raising any suspicion .
No. It’s not Islam’s fault. Islam as a religion is against such acts. While, obviously, most Muslims are not terrorists, the majority of international terror today comes from Islamic countries. A short look at the new FBI’s wanted list will show 22 names. All Islamic extremists. Islamic leaders, all over the world, encourage young believers to commit suicide and kill as many civilians as possible in Israel and elsewhere, thereby going to heaven as “Shahids.” The voice of the moderate Islamic leaders, who are against such acts, who say that acts directed at civilians are, actually, against Islam, is not strong enough, especially in Islamic countries. Where are the fatwas ( an Islamic religious decree ) from leaders of the Islamic world saying that it’s wrong to kill innocent people?
The western world has not acted decisively against terrorist groups and countries who sponsor them, allowing terrorism to function and blossom freely within their borders. The West prefers to turn a blind eye, hoping that the terrorists will leave them alone. But for these terrorists, everyone in the western world is an infidel and a target.
“ This war is not a clash of civilizations, but a clash between civilization and barbarism . George W. Bush promises airborne food, medicine, and supplies to the ‘starving and suffering’ Afghan people, but Osama bin Laden sneeringly delights that ‘America has been filled with horror from north to south and east to west.’ The strategy for fighting this war will be novel, but bin Laden resembles prior American enemies such as Adolf Hilter and Saddam Hussein in that he represents as close to absolute evil as can be found among humans.” - Director of the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, Dr. Daniel Pipes, October 10, 2001
“ Americans are asking “ Why do they hate us? ” They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other. They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East . They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa. ” - George W. Bush, September 20, 2001
The Taliban’s edicts: Women under the Taliban rule can’t show any part of their body in public, or they will suffer heavy punishment. They have no right to study or to have a career. The Taliban has no respect for other faiths besides Islam or to human history and heritage. It gave an order to destroy huge Buddha statues that were in Afghanistan for 1500 years -- an international treasure.
The Taliban ordered that non-Muslims will be singled out and asked to wear a “ yellow badge on their chests .” This is a shocking and sinister reminder of the attempted genocide of the Jewish people during the Holocaust, and the evil of which mankind is capable. The Taliban is giving its auspices to Osama Bin-Laden, a man responsible for the bombing in 1998 of two U.S. embassies in Africa, killing 301 people, and for the bombing in 2000 of the USS Cole in Yemen, killing 17 American servicemen. The free world has known about these evils for a long time. The Taliban should have been called to task for its crimes a long time ago by the free world.
It’s very sad that it took such a huge tragedy on September 11, 2001 to make the free world attack the Taliban. Who knows what would have happened if the world had acted earlier to stop the Taliban regime and to act against Osama Bin Laden? Many lives could perhaps have been saved. It is crucial that the free world stop these terror groups and the countries who harbor them; otherwise it’s only a matter of time before the terrorists will strike again.
“ Reading conventional notions of class struggle and anti-colonialism into bin Laden, the Taliban, and radical Islam is not just solipsistic. It is nonsense. If poverty and destitution, colonialism and capitalism are animating radical Islam, explain this: In March, the Taliban went to the Afghan desert where stood great monuments of human culture, two massive Buddhas carved out of a cliff. At first, Taliban soldiers tried artillery. The 1,500-year-old masterpieces proved too hardy. The Taliban had to resort to dynamite. They blew the statues to bits, then slaughtered 100 cows in atonement--for having taken so long to finish the job. Buddhism is hardly a representative of the West. It is hardly a cause of poverty and destitution. It is hardly a symbol of colonialism . No . The statues represented two things: an alternative faith and a great work of civilization. To the Taliban, the presence of both was intolerable.” - Charles Krauthammer, New York Post, October 16, 2001
The free world has to stop these terror groups and countries that support them, before the next terror attack. Not After! The only difference between the attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993 and the tragedy of September 11th is the fact that the second incident succeeded. The aim was the same. The US and the world knew that Bin Laden and the al-Qaida organization were responsible for the bombing of US embassies in Africa and of the USS Cole in Yemen. Why didn’t they take action to stop them? Why did they give them another chance to strike again?
“ Richard Butler, the former chief arms inspector in Iraq, tells us that Iraq has weaponized anthrax and VX gas. Syria has chemical weapons. Iran is developing nukes. They all sponsor terrorists. Now is the time to go after state-sponsored terrorism. This does not mean invading every country. It means getting some regimes to change policies and others to fall -- whether by economic and diplomatic pressure, internal revolt or, as a last resort, military action. . .” - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post , October 5, 2001
The Hizballah , a terror group that is connected to Bin Laden’s Al-Qaida and sponsored by Iran and Syria, is a good example.
Hizballah (Party of God) “ Activities: Known or suspected to have been involved in numerous anti-US terrorist attacks , including the suicide truck bombing of the US Embassy and US Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983 and the US Embassy annex in Beirut in September 1984 . Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping and detention of US and other Western hostages in Lebanon . The group also attacked the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992.” “ Location/Area of Operation: Operates in the Bekaa Valley, the southern suburbs of Beirut, and southern Lebanon. Has established cells in Europe , Africa , South America , North America , and elsewhere.” - Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, The State Department
“ External Aid: ( The Hizballah) receives substantial amounts of financial, training, weapons, explosives, political, diplomatic, and organizational aid from Iran and Syria .” - Background Information on Foreign Terrorist Organizations, The State Department Hizballah leader Nasrallah and Iranian leader Khatami
Not only does the world not act against the Hizballah, a group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and the kidnapping of many people from the U.S. and Europe, UN Secretary General Kofi Anan even met with Hizballah’s leader Hasan Nasrallah, and thereby gave the organization the legitimacy it seeks so badly.
Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2000. It provided increasing support to numerous terrorist groups, including the Lebanese Hizballah , HAMAS , and the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which seek to undermine the Middle East peace negotiations through the use of terrorism. - Patterns of Global Terrorism, The State Department, April 2001 Iran , Iraq , Syria , Libya , Cuba , North Korea , and Sudan continue to be the seven governments that the US Secretary of State has designated as state sponsors of international terrorism.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Yasser Arafat met with leaders from Iran - a country that supports and sponsors terrorist groups such as Hizballah and Hamas - after all, he himself harbors many terrorist organizations.
Besides, Arafat has always had a close relationship with world leaders who sponsor terror, including Iran’s Khomeini and Cuba’s Castro. Arafat with Khomeini Arafat with Castro
But what about leaders of the free world? Why do they meet with leaders of a country that supports and sponsors international terror? By doing so, they give these leaders a legitimacy, instead of criticizing them for their actions.
And take Syria A country that supports , controls and harbors the Hizballah , and is on the US State Department’s list as a state that sponsors terror , just joined the UN security council… What is the message from the free world to countries that support terror…?
“ Although Syria claimed to be committed to the peace process, it did not act to stop Hizballah and Palestinian rejectionist groups from carrying out anti-Israeli attacks. Damascus also served as the primary transit point for terrorist operatives traveling to Lebanon and for the resupply of weapons to Hizballah. Damascus appeared to maintain its longstanding ban on attacks launched from Syrian territory or against Western targets.” - Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism, U.S. State Department, April 2001
These are the players that present a real and present danger to the free world. The free world today is facing a new era. If the free world won’t stop them now, the dangers will increase exponentially and God help us then. Time is against us . We must not wait until they stockpile weapons of mass destruction - biological , chemical , or nuclear .
“ All the decent-minded proposals of recent days - that America must repent of its imperial hubris, rethink its support of the corrupt Saudis, re-evaluate its policy towards Israel, do public penance for the injustice of a global economy and rain money and food on the poor and starving peoples of the globe - all these thoughts the terrorists would understand as yet another sign of the incapacity of their enemies to understand what they are really up against. Those honest souls who believe the terrorists' hatreds must be understood, and that what they hate must be changed so that they will hate no more, do not understand terrorists. For to them, what is evil cannot change: it can only be extirpated. They know this clearly enough. It is we who do not seem to understand it .” - Michael Ignatieff, Carr professor of human rights at the Kennedy school of government, Harvard University, The Guardian, October 1, 2001 What we are up against is apocalyptic nihilism. The nihilism of their means - the indifference to human costs - takes their actions not only out of the realm of politics, but even out of the realm of war itself. The apocalyptic nature of their goals makes it absurd to believe they are making political demands at all. They are seeking the violent transformation of an irremediably sinful and unjust world…
“ The way to discourage war on our homeland is to show no weakness, to demonstrate forcefully that atrocities committed here gain no victories in the Middle East or anywhere . This year Arafat invited the terrorist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to move from Damascus to the West Bank. The P.F.L.P. proudly claims that its hit men murdered the Israeli cabinet minister, an act of war. Israel is obliged to go after his killers just as we are duty bound to go after the killers of Americans . The troops will withdraw in a couple of days. But the proper response to our ally's self-defense is to understand Israel's lonely anguish and applaud its resolve . ” - William Safire, The New York Times , October 25, 2001
"New York and Jerusalem are closer than ever before. Both the US and Israel are seeking to defend and perpetuate the same values of democracy, freedom, respect for the law and human life.” - NY Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, October 2001
2001 Report on Foreign Terrorist Organizations (October 5, 2001))
The Secretary of State designates Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO’s), in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury. These designations are undertaken pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. FTO designations are valid for two years, after which they must be redesignated or they automatically expire. Redesignation after two years is a positive act and represents a determination by the Secretary of State that the organization has continued to engage in terrorist activity and still meets the criteria specified in law.
Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism (April, 2001)
The designation of state sponsors of terrorism by the United States--and the imposition of sanctions--is a mechanism for isolating nations that use terrorism as a means of political expression. US policy seeks to pressure and isolate state sponsors so they will renounce the use of terrorism, end support to terrorists, and bring terrorists to justice for past crimes. The United States is committed to holding terrorists and those who harbor them accountable for past attacks, regardless of when the acts occurred. The US Government has a long memory and will not simply expunge a terrorist's record because time has passed. The states that choose to harbor terrorists are like accomplices who provide shelter for criminals. They will be held accountable for their "guests'" actions. International terrorists should know, before they contemplate a crime, that they cannot hunker down in safehaven for a period of time and be absolved of their crimes.
FBI "Most Wanted Terrorists" List
United States Government officials have announced the creation of the "Most Wanted Terrorists" List. The first individuals placed on this list are 22 people wanted for their role in crimes committed since 1985, crimes which resulted in the death of innocent people around the world.
Namely The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Routers, AP and more.
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