Elaine Rosenberg Miller

Dining Out On Victimhood

Someone named Omer Aziz wrote an OpEd in today’s New York Times titled “The World 911 Took From Us”.
Being of Pakistani descent and a member of a Muslim family he wants you to know that his feelings were hurt by 911.
Yes, and so?
Are we not to admit that 911 was caused by fundamentalist Islamic terrorists? Are nations not to protect themselves?
Mr. Aziz must have the ability to enter public buildings and venues without stopping for security. He must pass through different airports than the rest of the world. He apparently doesn’t see the millions of others waiting patiently in line. He only feels his own “pain”.
Aziz writes “We were told that American would make no distinction between terrorists and the nations that harbored them. But 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, and there is credible evidence that at least parts of the Saudi government – business partners of both the British and Trump families – were aware of the coming attacks. Nothing but more business deals were done.”
Omer Aziz blames the “Trump families” for 911.
In case you missed the Trump connection the first time, Aziz describes the post-911 world
“At first, there were unlawful detentions and deportations of undocumented people. Soon, a Republican president was deceiving the country and the world into war in Iraq that would lead directly to the chaos and racial hatreds we see today.”
Who is Omer Aziz?
The NYT  identifies him as “writer”.
They are being modest.
“Omer Aziz is a writer and J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He is a Student Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. He is currently at work on a novel. Omer has traveled extensively and written for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The New Republic, Salon, The Diplomat, and Al Jazeera, among others. During the summer of 2015, he worked at the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria. Omer received his MPhil in International Relations with Distinction from Cambridge University (Clare Hall) where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and the inaugural Pitt Scholar. He graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with a BA in Politics and studied at Harvard and Sciences Po Paris along the way.” (Huffington Post)
Aziz is reportedly writing a nonfiction book.
It will be titled. “Brown Boy: A Story of Race, Religion, and Inheritance.” about “growing up in a working-class, Muslim, Pakistani-Canadian family and the visceral reality of racism and Islamophobia following 9/11. The work is an exploration of race, class, xenophobia, radicalization, terrorism, and America.” (Carey Institute for Global Good)
On any other day, The New York Times might have published one of their victimhood pieces and thinking people night have just sighed once more, remembering their former admiration and respect for the storied newspaper.
But on 911?
About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her books,, FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, THE CHINESE JEW. THE TRUST and PALMBEACHTOWN are available on Amazon and Kindle.