9.11. 11th Anniversary. What the US response should have been.

English: A room in the Al Bustan Rotana hotel,...
English: A room in the Al Bustan Rotana hotel, Dubai, UAE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today represents the 11th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks in the United States in which a whole lot of innocent people and heroes lost their lives.  While I’m sure those who thought up and carried out these attacks felt they were justified and that this was an acceptable response to address their issues, the loss of innocent lives, the destruction of New York and fear that it brought to the Western world which is still being felt to this day, shows these terrorists made a huge mistake in getting the attention of the Western world.

Say what you want about the US response, to try to flatten Afghanistan, enter Iraq and getting involved in the human right issues of other “Arab” nations but when the videos hit the net of the kids in West Bank and Gaza Strip celebrating and cheering, I’m pretty sure we all knew the world would never be the same.

The actions of the Allied forces through their armed maneuvers, the terrorists still attempted to attack the West and Western values in a more subvert manner through “sleeper cells” in order to continue to wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary citizens on a daily basis, even going as far as having that idiot Nigerian Islamist who tried to blow himself up on Christmas day, 2009 with explosives in his underwear.

All in all, looking back, I think the US / Allied approach was wrong.

Before I go further, let me state for the record that I understand that these attacks were carried out by extremists and my issue is with these extremists only – no matter what their religion or race may be – but it has been portrayed as being a Western world vs Islamist world issue and until someone steps up on the Islamist side and states clearly this, nothing is going to move forward in making that distinction.

So while we remember those who lost their lives, let’s look at a different event, on Arab soil and see how they handled it and possibly gain some insight into how the West could have dealt with this right away without harming the citizens already living in these Western countries who have nothing to do with these horrific events.

Case in point, below;

In 2010, one man, named Mahmoud Abdel Rauf al-Mabhouh was killed in a 5-star hotel in Dubai after being drugged and smothered by a pillow.  His death was blamed on the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

Al-Mabhouh was a senior Hamas commander and one of the founders of a military wing of this political organization who were involved in several armed actions targeting Israel, including the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989.  In more recent years, al-Mabhouh had assumed an important role procuring weapons for the al-Qassam Brigades.

Al-Mabhouh had arrived in Dubai from Syria under an alias and using one of several passports.

Dubai police investigated his death and came to the agreement that the assassins must have been from Israel, and that they used fraudulently obtained passports from several countries so Dubai responded by arresting and kicking out Israeli officials and gave warning to European and Australian officials as well because the “26-member” team of assassins that entered Dubai used European and Australian passports.

But they did not stop there – let’s look at the reaction.

Dubai’s police chief says travellers, suspected of being Israeli will not be allowed into the United Arab Emirates even if they arrive with alternative passports.

The Emirates will now “deny entry to anyone suspected of having Israeli citizenship.”

Alright…  So if you are Israeli, have been to Israel, or have a Jewish sounding last name you are barred from entering the UAE.  A very black and white solution when you are the judge, jury and executioner and have no one to answer to.  So even if you’re not Israeli you are punished – guilty by association – and no one questioned the UAE when they did this.

Imagine if the West took the same actions…

I think we would have seen a whole lot of people, organizations and groups speaking out against these terrorist attacks and against extremism if the perpetrators knew the impact on the rest of their people.

Or if this all just wishful thinking?

After US President Obama’s reaction yesterday to the storming of the US Embassy in Egypt over displeasure about a film portrayal of the prophet Mohammed – apologizing for the film – Libyans fired grenades and gun fire into the US Embassy in Libya killing the ambassador and 3 staff.  Libya, if you recall, was freed from the rule of Gaddafi by Western forces.  Unbelievable.  On 9.11 too.

If there was ever a time to send a non-violent message to these terrorists, I think now would be the time.  Maybe the UAE had it right all along.It’s hard dealing with people who put no value on human life and there has to come a time when you look in the mirror and decide it’s time to spend the trillions of dollars on war to a different cause, maybe within your own borders.

I don’t know the answer and I don’t think there is one.  It would have been nice if everyone from ever nationality in the world stepped up and denounced extremism.  That clearly didn’t happen so the wounds of the attacks on Western ideals and values remains wide open.

So sad.


We Shall Never Forget.


One thought on “9.11. 11th Anniversary. What the US response should have been.

  1. austinja September 14, 2012 / 12:50 am

    Very thought provoking. There is a lot of history we would love to rewrite if only possible, especially how we respond when provoked. I agree that there were probably better solutions than what transpired, but that they would have never flied at the time. It is all such a tragedy.


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