Lessons from 9/11? What Lessons?

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After 9/11, the normal and decent question that normal and decent people — people who fully and happily recognize the existence of vast numbers of normal and decent Muslims in the world — would have posed is this: What has happened in the Arab world and parts of the Muslim world?

But as this, the most obvious question that 9/11 prompted, has not been allowed to be asked, what lessons can possibly be learned?

The answer is, of course, none.

But that has not stopped our media and academic elites from drawing lessons.

And what are those lessons? One is that America — not the Islamic world — must engage in moral introspection. The other is that we must oppose all expressions of religious extremism — Jewish and Christian as well as Muslim, since, according to the Left, America’s conservative Christians are as much a threat to humanity as are extremist Muslims.

Perhaps the best-known exponent of these non-lessons has been Karen Armstrong, the widely read religious thinker and former nun. She was invited to give a presentation on compassion at the nation’s religious memorial service this past Sunday. And what was her message?

“9/11 was a revelation of the dangerous polarization of our world; it revealed the deep suspicion, frustration and rage that existed in some quarters of the Muslim world and also the ignorance and prejudice about Islam and Middle Eastern affairs that existed in some quarters of the West …”

There you have it: Muslims have rage and deep suspicion; the West has ignorance and prejudice.

If that’s what the world learns from 9/11, those who died that day died in vain.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Stop comparing America to the Jews. It’s stupid.

    • ziontruth

      Stop commenting. It's stupid.

  • Ghostwriter

    At least the Jews don't want to murder Americans simply because they worship a different god than they do. Flipside,wise up and stop wallowing in anti-Jewish filth.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Irv Rubin wanted to.

  • BUTSeriously

    World's greatest Post-W.W.II crime: the corruption of the Balfour Mandate. 9/11, and the demand for continuing serial 2-states in the same tiny land of Palestine are only two of its effects, giving Muslims the legitimacy to demand genocide of all Non-Muslims in the M/E and beyond, in Europe and now encroaching upon America. The plight of the Christian Coptics, the Lebanese Christians, those in Africa and the Indian Hindus in Kashmir are other effects of the genocidal corruption of the Balfour, perpetrated when the Jews were totally helpless.