A symbol of western civilisation: no longer worth fighting for, after 9/11?
Twenty years today the unthinkable happened: a terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York. After twenty years, with the images burned into the memories of those who were adults at that time, it’s worthwhile to look back at words and interpretations of the opinion makers at that time. These, unlike those images, have had long-lasting and more dire results than the retaliatory military actions against Afghanistan.
The ignominious flight from that country by the end of last month is not an endpoint. However, we ought never to forget that the current US President wanted to abuse this date, 9/11, for a ‘photo op’, a press conference, to show the world that the USA and their president had drawn a line under what his PR spinners had called the ‘forever war’. He wanted to commemorate 9/11 by announcing that all Americans and all her allies had left Afghanistan simply in order to make himself look good. Well, it didn’t work out as planned, did it. I wonder what the opinion makers will say in twenty year’s time when they look back on today, on the after-effects of the withdrawal.
However, looking back on 9/11 2001, one can discern the early shoots leading to today’s woke climate. The dust, the ruins hadn’t even settled before we already heard the first self-accusations, the questions of ‘what have we done to deserve this’ – the ‘we’ being all of us in the Western, non-islamic world. It seemed inconceivable to acknowledge that yes, certain segments of the world’s population did indeed hate us and still do.
I suggest, looking back, that many of the ensuing actions, even the military ones, were hugely influenced by this desire not to be hated. Already, when the second war on Iraq kicked off the following year, the official aim declared by the Allies was to remove dictators and establish western-style democracies rather than just fight islamic terrorism.
The first green shoots of that pernicious growth, ‘human rights’ as re-defined by ‘progressive’, socialist ideologues, started to grow. But still we were told at the time, by none other than the then President of the USA, that the fight wasn’t against peaceful islam but only against bad ‘islamists’ who had perverted their religion.
This harmful definition is still with us. The results can be seen to the present day in our towns and cities. I don’t need to mention the scandal of grooming gangs which weren’t tackled by the police thanks to the seeds of ‘not all muslims’, ‘human rights’ and ‘diversity’ and ‘community cohesion’ …
We can draw a straight line from 9/11 and the ensuing claim by our political leaders, to ‘build western democracies’, to the changes in our society. Take the other attempts to ‘westernise’ islamic states, from toppling the Libyan dictator Gaddhafi to the ‘Arab Spring’ which was officially aimed at getting rid of ‘strong men’ in the Near East. These attempts culminated in the ‘refugee crisis’, in Madame Merkel’s ‘all are welcome’ in 2015. We are still living with those after-effects.
Moreover, the ensuing waves of ‘poor refugees’, fleeing not for political but for economic reasons from sub-saharan Africa was now no longer stopped by that Libyan ‘strong man’. This was fuel to the UN declaration which in essence declared that migration for economic reasons is ‘a human right’.
Now sanctioned by the UN, this ongoing migration to our shores is still with us as the daily reports document only too well, shown in the numbers of ‘refugees’, i.e. illegal migrants, being shepherded to our shores. This is a result of 9/11, it is a result of the actions taken 20 years ago.
There is one other result the seeds of which grew in the soil ploughed by the fall of the Twin Towers: the destruction of our society. The most far-reaching twin effects are, one, the attempts of ‘making us safe’ in the wake of the various terrorist acts and two, the creeping, growing destruction of Free Speech – in the name of ‘human rights’ which always seem to apply to others, not to us.
Surely, after twenty years, we can ask why it is that the ‘human rights’ of grooming gang criminals are to be observed but not those of their victims. Surely we can ask why terrorists known to the security services are permitted to live amongst us but aren’t deported. Surely we can ask if police time is in fact being wasted on investigating ‘hate speech’, often based on utterances in antisocial media.
Surely we ought to be able to ask why it is that one community is seemingly untouchable, why no feminist dares to mention the way women are treated in the religion which we mustn’t name. Surely we ought to be permitted to ask why it is that ‘the authorities’ still haven’t come to grips with child marriage, with school girls raised here being flown across the globe, undergoing forced marriage so that their ‘husband’ can gain entry into our country. Surely we ought ask aloud why all the latest wokery about ‘slavery’, even unto the toppling of our statues, is so blatantly disregarding the ‘history of slavery’ in the Arab countries where slavery is still ongoing.
The seeds for the self-destruction of our Western Society were sown in the dust of the Twin Towers 20 years ago. But even today, the ‘great and good’ are indulging in finding ‘lessons’ which “we” should have learned and didn’t. The same cultural and political elites who started to look to the ‘guilt’ created by our Western Society are again proclaiming that somehow “we” are at fault, today as much as we were twenty years ago.
No, I say! The only fault, the only guilt I find is that we, the despised peasants, have let ourselves be bamboozled by those ‘progressive’, ‘human rights’ ideologues in politics and media; that we didn’t dare to ask questions about the one culprit, the one community where those thoughts of terrorism grew and still bear bloody fruit – for twenty long years.
This is the actual ‘forever war’: the war of our civilisation, attacked on all sides by left-wing ideologies, by non-christian religious fanaticism, by ‘human rights’ proponents who disregard our own human rights and who are now strangling us by hate speech legislation and, worse, by the two-decades long brainwashing of our children.
That’s what we should remember on this day. It’s surely still worth defending, still worth fighting for!
Photo by Daryl DeHart