Looking back at 9/11 through the lens of Obama's Syria

On 9/11 “Freedom itself was attacked. Photo: Joint colors - public domain

SAN JOSE,  September  11, 2013 – The simultaneous and sinister attacks upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon revealed to the world how helpless a free and open society and can be when victimized by destruction, death, and the despair it evokes.

The vicious attack upon the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, revealed to the world how weak and ineffective the U.S. government is at present.

Sadly, as Americans celebrate Patriot’s Day in 2013, they still await any definitive truth from the Obama Administration regarding the brutal murders of those Americans in the line of fire.   

Soon after the Benghazi attacks in 2012, the Obama Administration initially attempted to peddle lies regarding such an outrageous terrorist attack by proactively making the case that the attack was due to the infamous amateur YouTube video.

The truth on Benghazi has yet to appear from the White House although officials have grudgingly released some information about this tragedy.


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The way Benghazi has been handled from President Obama on down within his administration has been disappointing and such a pathetic shell-game shuffling of responsibility (essentially irresponsible blame shifting) to such a horrible attack is unaccountable and unacceptable. Especially on 9/11, America must not forget this incident and how it was mishandled.  

Beyond this reprehensible episode, which has continued to be a year-long scandal that the Obama Administration has hoped would just go away, is the president’s recent efforts of attempting to arm Syrian rebels, no matter who they may be. Reports continue to surface regarding the infiltration of elements of al Qaeda as well as other militant Islamic extremist cells into the Free Syrian Army and other anti-Assad insurgents. Against the backdrop of the Fast and Furious fiasco in which the Obama Justice Department was found to be authorizing guns to be sold to buyers for Mexican drug lords, the effort to arm rebels much farther from home is questionable at the very least.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms botched a gun walking operation that led the deaths of an American border patrol agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican nationals. That was an initial nagging embarrassment for the Obama Administration that eventually turned into a serious scandal that was never addressed properly. It took the mainstream media about two years to catch up to the reality of that tragedy.

But, American citizens are expected to buy Obama’s promise that the guns going to Syria will not fall into the wrong hands. Isn’t that how al Qaeda got weapons in the first place?

The American support of Muslim Jihadists in Afghanistan in the late 1970s and early 1980s came back to bite the U.S. years later as President Bush authorized a strike against the Taliban in response to the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The Taliban was the autocratic Islamic government following strict adherence to Sharia law that ascended to power in the local leadership void following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Taliban had permitted al Qaeda sanctuary and training grounds as well as support and protection before and after the attacks on the U.S. in 2001.

It is hard to fathom why elected officials in Congress are not more concerned today about the dangers of arming diverse insurgents in such an entirely muddled internal warzone like Syria. The problem may stem from the failure of politicians to properly learn the lessons of history. In light of the aftermath of the loss of U.S. weapons in Afghanistan, it makes little sense to repeat such steps today in Syria. It would be like aiding and abetting terrorist groups that have been plotting against and attacking the United States since the Carter administration.

Sending weapons to insurgents in Syria without the capability to control where the weapons end up is an outrageous violation of the memory of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and an insult to those men and women in uniform who gave their lives in fighting the very militant Islamic organizations and avowed terrorists who have struck at America; it substantially puts weapons into the hands of terrorists who are sworn to the destruction of the U.S. Such action by the Obama Administration and funded by the U.S. Congress cannot be justified in a post 9/11 world.

President George W. Bush made a statement immediately following the 9/11 attacks: “Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.” But, Osama bin Laden and those of his followers believe they are the freedom fighters in the war against the infidel.

The reality is that bin Laden’s notion of fighting for freedom could not honestly be considered legitimate. Each of the attacks can be more appropriately viewed as a dramatic quest, not for freedom, nor even an effort to advance the true religion of Islam; the attacks upon America will primarily be remembered in history as radical efforts of militants to be ”free” to terrorize or dominate the rest of the world by establishing autocratic Islamic theocracies.

One sad reality often overlooked by Americans when remembering the horror of September 11, 2001 is that the most high profile targets were the twin towers, the World Trade Center. It was not the “U.S.” Trade Center. Of the thousands of people who lost their lives on that dreadful day, many were not Americans but people from all over the world.

The militant Muslim extremists have committed themselves to a jihad against those who represent the Free World. They have shown that despite what President Obama tried to have Americans believe during his 2012 election campaign that al Qaeda was “decimated” and that the terrorist group “was on the run,” they were very much alive and deadly. 

Additionally, this past Monday, Guy Taylor of the Washington Times verified that Obama’s claims during the 2012 presidential campaign did not match what the intelligence agencies had reported to the administration. Taylor reported that sources spoke up on condition of anonymity, and credited Obama with correcting the embellished campaign claims – after the election, of course. Also on September 11, 2012, the Associated Press reported that hours before the brutal attacks in Benghazi, hundreds of protestors in Egypt marched on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and among chants demanding the U.S Ambassador leave, they also were reported to have shouted that they were “all Osamas,” or “all Osama bin Ladens.”

There is a genuine fight for freedom in the world today, and there are two distinct and opposing forces advancing what they believe to be freedom. The fundamental question persists: freedom for whom? A supreme irony is that the government that harbored al Qaeda, the Taliban was clearly an Islamic fundamentalist regime based upon Sharia law that permitted very little freedom for the women within the society, that allowed very little tolerance for non-conformists or non-believers and it seems to have been the kind of “freedom” that Osama bin Laden would have supported wholeheartedly.  It is wise to remember where genuine freedom exists.  


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Dennis Jamison
Dennis Jamison
Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member  at West Valley College in California.  He also currently writes a column on history and one on American freedom for the Communities at the Washington Times.

 

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