18 Years After 9-11: Where Are We?

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The 9/11 attack as seen from above; inset: 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Photos: Flickr/Wikimedia Commons/CO 2.0)
It’s been 18 years after 9-11, yet the mastermind of the attack, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (pictured above) will only go on trial Jan. 11, 2021 (Photos: Flickr/Wikimedia Commons/CO 2.0)

It’s now 18 years after 9-11.

Every anniversary of 9-11 is a chance to check in with where we are after the most brutal attack on U.S. soil at the hands of a foreign enemy.

Islamists Are Winning  

  • More than the threat of sharia is the the threat posed by Islamists who have attached themselves to mainstream Leftist identity movements that fawn over victimization narratives. 
  • The average American politician and political influencer doesn’t know what an Islamist is.
  • Two Islamists were elected to office: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
  • Islamists in office (and their allies) are comfortable and brazenly open about declaring their anti-American and anti-Semitic views. Wide applause is given to them from Leftist media (Congresswoman Ilhan Omar went so far as to compare the American military to terror organizations).
  • 18 years after 9-11, the West is seeing an increased tolerance toward radicalization, with elected officials bundling terror groups with the “resistance movement.” 
  • We lost the War on Terror when we agreed to include the Taliban in negotiations in Afghanistan.

In recent days, however, perhaps nothing was as much of a telltale sign of our times than a comment made by Young Turks commentator Hasan Piker. Speaking about an interview of Congressman Dan Crenshaw — a former United States Navy SEAL officer who lost an eye to an IED in Afghanistan — Piker joked about the congressman’s military service. Piker also declared that “America deserved 9/11.” 

The American constitution protects Piker’s freedom of speech — freedoms that were protected and sacrificed for by veterans such as Congressman Crenshaw. Nonetheless, Piker’s comments is a wake up call for us: More needs to be done to clearly delineate our values as Americans and to protect ourselves against self-sabotaging rhetoric that undermines who we are and what we stand for. 

5 Things We Need to Do

The presence of two Islamists in Congress have galvanized collaborations among anti-Islamists. There is more cross-organization collaboration among the different groups than there has been in the last 18 years after 9-11. Still, we need to:

  1. Work with ant-Islamist Muslim allies to institute broader counter-radicalization efforts.
  2. Institute a commission on radical Islam to identify and isolate Islamist extremist elements.  
  3. Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. 
  4. Amplify the voices of anti-Islamist Muslims, especially those interested in running for local or federal office. 
  5. Support local anti-Islamist Muslim communities in self-empowerment and positive messaging initiatives rooted in shared values.


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Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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