As part of the Guardian’s focus on the upcoming tenth anniversary of the attacks against the United States on 9/11 by Al Qaeda terrorists, the Guardian published brief essays on the subject, “What impact did 9/11 have on world?“, Sept. 5, by nine contributors, including one apologist for radical Islam, George Galloway and an unapologetic Islamist and antisemite (and CiF contributor) Inayat Bunglawala.
While there’s much to comment on, the following passage by one of the essayists in this series, the Guardian’s Simon Jenkins, really caught my attention:
“Had the world responded to his 9/11 attack on America with moderation he [Osama Bin Laden] would probably have disappeared, expelled from Afghanistan or killed by his Tajik enemies. Even the Taliban were known to have been shocked by 9/11, when almost the entire Muslim world came out in sympathy with America (including the PLO in Palestine). [emphasis mine]”
Now the notion that almost the entire Muslim world came “out in sympathy with America” is just untrue, and represents Guardian Left wishful thinking, and the propensity not to be burdened with unpleasant realities, at it’s worst.
For one thing, Gallup surveys in 2002 demonstrated a deeply held belief among a large majority of the Arab world that Osama bin Laden had absolutely nothing to do with the September 11th massacres.
Polls conducted in 2001, only a couple of months after the 9/11 attacks, showed widespread contempt for the U.S. in the Muslim world – with an overwhelming percentage of respondents characterizing the U.S. as “ruthless”, “aggressive”, “conceited”, and “arrogant”.
And, whatever crocodile tears Yasser Arafat may have shed for the Western media, a poll in October 2001 showed that 43% of Palestinians viewed the attacks on 9/11 as “consistent with Arab interests?”, while another 9% responded that they “weren’t sure”.
Another poll in October of 2001 showed that nearly half of all Palestinians believed not only that Al Qaeda wasn’t responsible for the attacks on 9/11, but that the attacks were a “Jewish plot”.
And, reports and images of thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, Nablus, and Lebanon spontaneously taking to the streets in celebration upon hearing news of the 9/11 attacks were broadcast around the world.
This expression of joy at the murder of thousands of innocent Americans – consistent with polls showing overwhelming Palestinian support, before 2001, for terror attacks against the U.S. – took place before one bomb fell on Kabul or Baghdad.
Of course, the narrative that America’s war against radical Islam is a greater problem to the world than radical Islam itself is so ingrained in Guardian Left thought that no evidence to the contrary is likely to make a difference.
Simon Jenkins’ essay is proof that if you repeat a lie often enough it can indeed become conventional wisdom.
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