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Moment of Silence and Rememberance

I think Fouad said it best, so I will say it again,

To those who died for no reason
To those who lived and still live through the pain
To the victims of hatred, injustice and tons melted steel not just under the sunny skies of New York, but also the sunny skies over Darfour, Baghdad, Ghaza, Madrid, Amman, Kabul, Riyadh, Bali, Beirut, Saida, Jakarta, Sour, London, Khobar, Mumbai, Bint Jbeil, Nablus, Al-Quds, Al Khaleel, Jeneen,Tul Karim, and all cities of Palestine.

Just a word of remembrance. And a prayer. And hope for a better day.

Amen.

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26 Comments

  1. add to the list.. Nablus.. Al-Quds.. Al Khaleel.. Jeneen… Tul Karim.. and all cities of Palestine.. each day for them is 11th of september.. each day a ceiling is falling upon there heads…

  2. Wael, indeed.

  3. Kind words indeed…I think about all those who died unnecessarily – before, on and since-9/11. I am sickened by those who profited and continue to profit on their spilt blood and how our world leaders have been politically spinning these events for their betterment and justification. I wish for peace for all. I hope through dialogue and understanding that the bridge between “freedom fighter” and “insurgent”, “religious fanatic”
    and “hero” grows shorter.

    All the best to you.

  4. I object to 9/11 becoming the day to remember the innocent dead.

    It is ANNOYING for me (to say the least) to see us posting this kind of apologetic statement while we spent the last 100s of years being invaded and prosecuted and killed left right and center all the time with no apologies or concerns, and it doesn’t seem to be ending.

    Putting the 3000 that died in 911 in the same basket of condolences is not only offensive to the millions of arabs/muslims who died in the name crusades, imperialist, fascism and now democracy, it is downright insulting.

  5. I apologize if that sounded too harsh. But I was so agnry my ears were nearly bleeding!

  6. It’s ANNOYING to you ha? And it’s “offensive” to you too. And let’s remember everything from the crusades till today. After all it’s just one big war of the “evil West” against Arabs/muslims.

    It is preceisly this thinking which is ENTIRELY based separating humans into “us and them” that is pushing our world toward more war and suffering.

    That a prayer for the dead can awaken all this anger and annoyance is truly disappointing.

  7. Hasan

    Yea lets remember our own people only when the the rest of the world remembers theirs.

    How sad.

    How come no one remebered Nablus.. Al-Quds.. Al Khaleel.. Jeneen… Tul Karim.. and all cities of Palestine….. YESTERDAY ?
    Or the day before? Or after the lebanon war stopped?

    Why did we forget about Palestine when the War in Iraq started?

    Why did we forget about Iraq when the war in Lebanon started?

    Why did we remeber all of them now when the Americans remembered theirs?

    Stop kidding your selves… nobody here cares, its just a fad. It will pass, trust me. It happens all the time.

  8. The Jut

    Should we not use occasions like these to renounce blind hatred for each other? I would like to suggest that you ad Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem to the list. When religious fanatics strike, all kinds of people are hurt. Also israeli arabs (muslim, christian and jewish alike). There is one thing I’d like to say to my arab fellow human beings on this occasion. It’s a saying which is a rule of thumb for most westerners: Silence is concent! So please, say NO to madness.

  9. NeO

    i would have loved to have seen kuwait on ur list..although we were invaded by our arab neighbour..we still encountered injustice for 7 months

  10. Girl

    how sad!!

  11. Amen Roba….And Ahmad i totally agree with you. In order to move forward we have to start thinking that any human bloodshed is a tragedy. Until when are we going to find justifications for the killing of others because we ourselves have been subjected to terror and suppression.
    I would like to remind some of the people who commented above that the people who committed 9/11 are the same people who bombed fellow Arabs and Muslins in Amman, and are constantly killing innocent people in Iraq and elsewhere in the world. And for what? Because they dont conform with their idealogy…..

  12. tommy

    Don’t get me wrong. Most Muslims are good people, and I’m sure (or at least hope) everyone here doesn’t condone terrorism, but let us be honest: Arabs and Muslims have always hated Americans to a great extent. I’ve pointed this article out to others:

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=22314

    It shows you how we Americans were hated by the Muslims even when the United States was a new and very isolationist country of no significance in the international arena. It leaves no doubt that Islam itself animates such hatred in the hearts of jihadists and that westerners are hated and will continue to be hated because we are not, and largely have no interest in becoming, Muslims.

    It is convenient that Muslims, many of whom are still whining about the Crusades, having glossed over their own long history of jihad and oppression of non-Muslims. The entire history of the Muslim world is filled with the very same imperialism that Muslims now complain about.

    I take that back. The imperialism of expansionist Islam has typically been far crueler than all but the most egregious cases of western imperialism.

  13. really sometimes we need to remeber these people and pray for their families..
    God help them.

  14. tommy ,

    I feel sick, but I don’t why? Many reasons come to mind, and I can reflect and tell but that is not the point.

    Can you tell me oh knowledgable-one-speaking-for-muslims? Do you know which decade in the past 100 years did not have American or allies killing Arabs/Muslims? That decade is the same decade that Muslims and Arabs did not hate Americans.

    I personally do not hate Americans, my uncle is American and so are my cousins.

    I hate westreners with an evil Agenda. Who are more than vocal about their own 5 yearold grief and turn and turned a blind eye to the 100s of years of death and destruction brough on innocent people by Americans and wester goernments. Read the previous criterea carefully, and if you have any good in you, you would hate those people too.

    Read the history. This –> “The imperialism of expansionist Islam has typically been far crueler than all but the most egregious cases of western imperialism”

  15. Well that statement is either a total lie or severe misinformation.

    And the issue of muslims hating Americans or westreners and viceversa is not even the point.

    The point is that 3000 is not equal to Millions.

  16. Sari, what you are saying is selfish, heartless, and narrow minded. Death is death, regardless of where and when it takes place, whether it is your own blood or your neighbor’s blood.
    The significance of 9/11 isn’t that 3000 Americans die, it is the fact that it started a global war that has in turn killed many people from different races and has literally changed the way we live our lives today- whether we are Arab, Indonisian, Spanish, American, English, Indian, or any other nationality that was affected directly by post-9/11.

    I hope you don’t raise Yelsmin to be so heartless.

  17. I refuse to be called heartless, and I will bring Yelsmin up to be as tender hearted as I am for all the suffering of EVERYONE in the world and not just Americans and the pricesless cow 911.

    I would like you Roba to take more care reading my post. I do condemn any act of terror against any human, but I have a wider vision than NY, and a longer memory than 5 years.

    I refuse making 911 the day for remembrance and I will present to you the following in support of my case, and to refute the allegation that 911 is what started everything.

    1991
    American invasion of Iraq started in 1991 and killed well over 3000 people fighting on their land. We all know the details.

    10 years of embargo killed 100s of thousands of people especially children in need of medication.

    2001
    The two buildings in NY get hit and 3000 people dir.

    2003
    Second invasion of Iraq. The death toll from the invasion and the insuing violance is in the 40K of civillians alone.

    Iraqis are still dying as we speak. Between the time I started writing this article and the time I hit submit, more civillains died in Iraq than civillians in the US in the five years since 911.

    I look at the previous slither of history of major events surrounding 911 and cant help but think, clearly yes, 911 is the biggest tragedy and best date to offer our remembrance. Lets make 911 the day of remembrance for everyone. Especially in light of the US being so apologetic about its past, present and foreseable future.

    Do you get it now?

  18. No Sari, I don’t.

    “I look at the previous slither of history of major events surrounding 911 and cant help but think, clearly yes, 911 is the biggest tragedy and best date to offer our remembrance. Lets make 911 the day of remembrance for everyone. Especially in light of the US being so apologetic about its past, present and foreseable future.”

    I would make any date of terrorism that particular sticks out in my mind a day of rememberance for everyone that was hurt by terrorism, and I would probably have a similar post when the Amman Bombings anniversary comes up.

  19. I see where you come from and I understand.

    This could be a very good topic to think about. Ask people you know what date was the Amman bombings and see how many know it, and think why that is.

  20. tommy

    “American invasion of Iraq started in 1991 and killed well over 3000 people fighting on their land. We all know the details.”

    We do know the details. One Arab nation invaded another. The U.S. intervened and drove the invaders out. The U.S. has also intervened in other conflicts involving Muslims, even when we had no economic and strategic interest in the outcome: Bosnia, Somalia, and Kosovo.

    “Iraqis are still dying as we speak.”

    Killed mostly by your fellow Muslims, I’m afraid.

    BTW, I agree with you. I didn’t support the invasion of Iraq because I doubt Islam and democracy will ever be truly compatible. Islam and Sharia are antithetical to democracy. Trying to help the Arabs is probably useless. The best thing we can do with Iraq is split it into pieces. The Kurds want a Kurdistan and they are our best friends and the brightest hope in Iraq; we should help them.

    I wish Arabs the best in improving their societies, and I don’t wish harm on any person, but I’m not too optimistic about a peaceful and productive future in that part of the world. When people go completely nuts over things as trivial as cartoons, you know the jihad is never going to grind to a complete halt.

    I hold out hope for research such as this:

    http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=34239

    With any luck, scientific developments like this will eventually allow us to disentangle ourselves from the Mideast. (Excepting, perhaps, the only true western-oriented democracy in the area: Israel.)

    “Ask people you know what date was the Amman bombings and see how many know it”

    United States: 9-11 (2001)
    Madrid: 3-11 (2004)
    London: 7-7 (2005)
    Amman: 11-9 (2005) [Easy to remember. There is 9-11 and 11-9.]

    I think I’m pretty familiar with all these “numbered bombings.”

    There were also the two Bali bombings that stick in my mind:

    Bali #1: 10-12 (2002)
    Bali #2: 10-1 (2005)

    You can always go to thereligionofpeace.com for lists of thousands of lesser-known fatal terrorist attacks (and honor killings) carried out by Islamic extremists since 9-11. Last I checked, they listed something like 5,200 attacks. It’s a mad, mad world!

  21. that was put in a very nice way, i agree with you 00, there are lots of stupid stuff that is going on this world!. peace out.

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