Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Muslim tripudiation

And let us not forget a story about the immediate aftermath of 911, featured at FrontPageMag.com in February of 2004:

When linguist Sibel Dinez Edmonds showed up for her first day of work at the FBI, a week after the 9-11 attacks, she expected to find a somber atmosphere. Instead, she was offered cookies filled with dates from party bowls set out in the room where other Middle Eastern linguists with top-secret security clearance translate terror-related communications.

She knew the dessert is customarily served in the Middle East at weddings, births and other celebrations, and asked what the happy occasion was. To her shock, she was told the Arab linguists were celebrating the terrorist attacks on America, as if they were some joyous event. Right in front of her supervisor, one translator cheered:

"It's about time they got a taste of what they've been giving the Middle East."

The article goes on to report how this non-Muslim linguist reported this to her superiors at the FBI -- and she got punished, not the Muslims.

Then in 2006, the Arab writer and publisher Khalid Al-Maaly noted (almost parenthetically, within an article he published, again on FrontPageMag.com, about other matters):

Two months after the 9/11 attacks, during an Arab book fair, a rumour suddenly made the rounds that an aircraft had crashed into a high-rise building in Italy. Many people immediately thought this was a repeat of the previous attacks on America. Numerous publishers and editors shouted Allahu akbar (God is great) and welcomed the presumed act, which turned out never to have happened at all. Some of these intellectuals are welcome guests at conferences on Euro-Arab dialogue.
And these are but two stories out of literally thousands over the years one could adduce from around the world and within the West to demonstrate approximately the same problem. Yet still we find individuals in the counterjihad movement who make sweeping assertions about how benign most Muslims are. Outrageous and sickening; and I don't know how the rest of you in the anti-Islam movement can continue to countenance their repellant and reflexive belief.

Further Reading:

Directly pertinent to today's essay is one I published here over a year ago -- 911 tripudiation (also the comments there are informative). 

Also, my thoughts on last year's tenth anniversary:  911 X.


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