8 Lessons We Didn’t Learn From 9/11

People walk in the street in the area where the World Trade Center buildings collapsed September 11, 2001, after two airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers in a terrorist attack. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)
People walk in the street in the area where the World Trade Center buildings collapsed September 11, 2001, after two airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers in a terrorist attack. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

There are many lessons we did not learn from 9/11 despite the fact that the fall of the Twin Towers was a turning point in modern history. The world changed. The pain and trauma of the families of the victims remains as strong as ever. Yet today, 17 years down the road, what have we learned?

Not much it seems.

  1. No pressure was put to penalize the countries whose citizens were directly involved in the attack on 9/11. The majority of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Yet it’s been business as usual with the kingdom. 
  2. Muslims became the victims. Their main reaction was whether there would be a backlash against them and “Islamophobia” became a buzz word used every time a question was raised about the ideology leading to 9/11.
  3. This ideology is live and increasing rapidly today. No government effort has been taken to challenge radical Islam. It’s been left to organizations and individuals to carry out this momentous effort.
  4. Those who do speak out and carry out the effort to expose the radical ideology behind 9/11 are labeled by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center as “Muslim haters.”
  5. Political correctness has gone so sour that even on September 11, we are not allowed to discuss the biggest man-made tragedy in the modern world.
  6. From violent extremism, we have moved to non-violent extremism, an ideology growing by the day. Yet there is no move by world leaders to expose the dangers of non-violent extremism.
  7. We have never discussed whether Islam is responsible for 9/11 or whether it’s Muslims. This discussion would be considered blasphemy. In the current atmosphere, we will never be able to have this discussion because it leaves Muslims on the defensive. They forget that religion is an idea that does not have rights and can be critiqued. Only people have rights.
  8. Those who were born after 9/11 have no idea of what happened on that fateful day and are not taught about the challenges of our times

9/11 should be declared an international day of mourning because it changed the trajectory of modern history. It needs to be discussed and debated at every level.

 

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Raheel Raza
Raheel Raza is ​an adviser to Clarion Project. ​She is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

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