The 9/11 terrorists weren’t “Muslim extremists” as the hags of The View called them. They weren’t just “Muslims,” either. Terry McDermott, a liberal newspaper reporter for the LA Times, says they were all “model Muslims,” actually “perfect soldiers” for Allah.
This will come as no surprise to regular BNI readers, but there are new readers here each day who need to understand this.
IBDMcDermott should know. After traveling to the hometowns of the Muslim hijackers and investigating their family backgrounds, McDermott discovered they were not heretics or even “extremists,” but in fact good, pious Muslims. And their families and communities encouraged them to join the never-ending Islamic holy war, or jihad, against us.
The lefties at NPR who fired analyst Juan Williams and the cackling hens on “The View” who walked out on his Fox colleague Bill O’Reilly would benefit enormously from reading his book, “Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It.” It would open their PC-encrusted eyes to a truth that is already self-evident to most Americans.
The detail-rich book reveals that the 19 hijackers did not “hijack Islam,” as conventional East Coast wisdom and Muslim apologists would have it. They weren’t career criminals using the religion as an excuse to wantonly murder people. Nor were they misled into martyrdom by Osama bin Laden or other Svengali personalities.
On the contrary, they were deeply religious Muslims following the tenets of their faith, McDermott found. Most of them were from well-off families.
“Several were described as among the best boys — bright, respectful — in their towns,” he reports in his book. “Many had gone to university,” he adds. “Three had studied Islamic law.” At least one, Ahmed al-Haznawi, had memorized the Quran, a sign of deep devotion much respected by Muslim elders. In fact, he earned the honorary religious title of “hafiz” at a young age.
McDermott describes how another hijacker, Wail al-Shehri left home to train for jihad in Afghanistan after a long period of recitation of Quranic verses. He had the approval of a local imam.
But he wasn’t the only one who knew what they were planning. “Two-thirds of them told their families they were leaving to join the jihad,” McDermott writes, adding that their families did not discourage them. “They went where they were called by their religion.”
That’s not the story we heard after 9/11. In media interviews, the parents of the hijackers expressed shock about the deeds of their sons. We must have the wrong men, they insisted. Their boys could never do such a thing. Jihad? What jihad?
Take Egyptian Mohamed el-Amir, father of 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta. Right after 9/11, he denied knowing anything about his son’s activities. Then in 2005, after the London bombings, he confided to a CNN producer in his apartment in the upper-class Cairo suburb of Giza that his son had done a good thing and that the London suicide bombers were following in his footsteps. He said all this was just the start of a 50-year religious war, and that there would be many more fighters like his son.
El-Amir, a “skilled lawyer” by McDermott’s account, declared that terror cells around the world were a “nuclear bomb that has now been activated and is ticking.” He passionately vowed that he would do anything within his power to encourage more attacks.
Instead of mouthing tolerant-sounding platitudes and misleading their audiences about the true nature of the threat we still face, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar and NPR’s executives should educate themselves. H/T Roland G