Footsteps Through History and the Lessons not Learned

“The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.” [Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher]

“If fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.” [President Ronald Reagan]

This past week we commemorated the 19th anniversary of the horrific destruction of the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon by aircraft piloted by Islamic pilots on September 11, 2001. Then, international terrorism, and in particular the suicide bombing attack using domestic airlines as destructive bombs and missiles suddenly gained the attention of the Western World. There was a realization that immigrants who were welcomed to various countries in Europe and North America as students, foreign workers or refugees, were involved in causing harm to their host country.

Despite ongoing terrorism against Western countries by Arabs and / or Muslims, the subject event was extraordinarily shocking, both in its execution and planning. Obviously, the planning of these attacks, including recruitment, training, fund raising, secrecy, and the collaboration of so many willing to kill and be killed in the process, occupied considerable time.

A journalist visiting the site several years later, named Ground Zero found the view overlooking it devastating. When considering the two silver skyscrapers reduced to pulverized rubble, he found it difficult to look at it. The damage to the building all around the area was especially haunting. He felt as if the area had absorbed a tactical nuclear strike. As anyone could readily imagine, he recognized the perpetrators to be madmen hell-bent on destroying Western civilization. For him, it was an image which would be forever seared into his memory banks.

Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 attacks, which triggered major US initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush. A total of 2,996 people were killed and 6,000 were injured in the 9/11 attacks, including the 19 terrorist hijackers aboard the 4 airplanes. Citizens of 78 countries died in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The makeup of the individual tragedies are as follows:

[1] World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the 2 planes slammed into the 2 twin towers. The figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 NY city police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers, who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings of and save the office workers trapped at higher floors.
[2 ] At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on the American Airlines Flight 77, the airline that struck the building.
[3] On Flight 93, 44 people died, when the plane crash landed in Pennsylvania.

Subsequently, in his televised address from the Oval Office, President Bush declared, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot bend the steel of American resolve. —-We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

The hijackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by the Al Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi fugitive Osama Bin Laden. The many available photographs of this inhuman event are very difficult to look at. Witnesses on the ground floor watched in horror as trapped victims above the impact zones began leaping to their deaths. Those who succeeded reaching ground level were confronted by falling debris from the collapsing towers.

The fires caused by the jet fuel passed through the Twin Towers rather rapidly as did the elevators cease to function. Imagine being on an upper floor and having to decide between having to use the stairway only to be confronted by fire or to jump off the building. An afterthought, what kind of mind would put another human being in that position? Fast forward to today.

As reported in the Jerusalem Post of September 12, 2019, “Ilhan Omar blasted by 9/11 victim’s son”—–“It wasn’t just that ‘some people did something’—- We are here today, Congresswoman to tell you and the Squad just who did what to whom”. The writer, Nicholas Haros Jr.’s mother, Frances Haros, who was 76, died in the attack. The event was the annual ceremony at Ground Zero to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

He adds, “Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done. There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?—–On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al-Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars of economic damage. Is that clear——-Stop. Stop. Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props for your political theatre. Their lives, sacrifices and death are worth so much more. Let’s not trivialize them or us: It hurts.”

As a sequel, The Jerusalem Post published, ” Ilhan Omar voted 2019’s anti-Semite of the year” on January 7, 2020. She was one of three considered, the others being Louis Farrakhan and Richard Spencer. Her deficiencies :
[a] Accusing American Jewry of possessing dual loyalty.
[b] Alleging that Jews buy their influence with money, infamously stating , “It’s all about the Benjamins.”
[c] Accusing Israel of having hypnotized the world.
[d] Supporting the ant-Semitic boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS]campaign against Israel.

One has to wonder if Ilhan Omar is aware that Madrid suffered a somewhat similar but lesser tragedy at the hands of Islamic terrorists on March 11, 2004 with 193 deaths and 2,000 injuries; and London on July 7, 2005 with 52 deaths and 700 injured. When will we ever learn?

The New English Review of July 23, 2019, featured Nonie Darwish’s, “The Squad: A New Culture in Town.” They include Rep. Ilhan Omar among Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. In perfect harmony with Arab culture of threats to Israel, Ilhan Omar declared she will be Trump’s nightmare. These 4 members of Congress’s declared mission is to revive the dismantled Obama dreams to fundamentally transform America from a capitalist Constitutional Republic Superpower to just another [nothing special] “Socialist Democrat State.”

Calling themselves “The Squad”, they unabashedly embrace Socialism, an-Semitism and flaunt an especially radical kind of Islam that is pro-Hamas and which has been abandoned today by several moderate Muslim countries. They have symbolically merged socialism/communism [Red] and Islam [Green] in American politics and added a layer of outrage by supporting the anti-Semitic BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement.

Theirs is an attitude of “you owe me”. At every opportunity, they blame and insult America and President Trump. When Tlaib was questioned about the M–r F—-r public insult of the President, she refused to apologize, saying that is how she and her constituency speak.

Sadly, they are representative of a significant segment of a new generation of Americans, who were raised with a distorted history of America. One with misguided values and indoctrination by Leftist educational institutions. They have been encouraged to view themselves as “women of color”, which according to Leftists entitles them to a special status beyond questioning and having expectations and power over others. In many cases opposition results in classifying it as “racist”.

No wonder that some white Americans try to advance themselves by “pretending” they are minorities. Elizabeth Warren falsely claimed she was Indian, Rachel Dolezel pretended to be black and Robert O’Rourke officially calls himself “Beto” to give the impression he is Latin.

As viewed by Darwish, Islamic and Socialist countries lead the world in their constant grievance industry, blame of others, and demands for special treatment sacrifices, from others to make amends. Dysfunctional Socialist and Islamist societies sacrifice individual rights for the sake of collective “good”. She quotes the Palestinian leadership as an example.

The wide acceptance of the “Squad” with all the trappings of victimhood and hostile attitude, have made them attractive to the likes of Bernie Sanders. Nonie Darwish sees them as a modern day “Four Horsewomen Of The Apocalypse”. {Nonie Darwish, born in Cairo is the daughter of the leader of the Fedayeen , who was assassinated by the IDF. She immigrated to the US in 1978 and converted to Christianity.]

On August 27, 2018, BBC News published an editorial, “1968 Democrat Convention”: A ‘Week of Hate'”. James Jeffrey notes that ever since, it continues to haunt the party and cast a shadow over US politics.

Anti-war protesters began arriving in the city the week before, vowing to change the party’s policy toward the increasingly hated Vietnam War.”They included New Left radicals, long-haired hippies and so-called Yippees, members of the Youth International Party, a radical youth-oriented and counterculture offshoot of the 1960’s free speech and anti-war movements fomenting against the US government.”

The city’s tough-talking mayor Richard Daley wasn’t taking any chances. “The force he mobilized against demonstrators , included all the city’s 12,000 police supported by 6,000 armed National Guardsman and 1,000 intelligence agents from the FBI, CIA, Army and Navy. Another 6,000 US Army troops were put on standby.”

“The Democrats gave themselves a deep wound in 1968—–Scenes of highly telegenic violence conveyed the deep split and breakup of the Democratic Party over the Vietnam War.” It contrasted with the orderly Republican National Convention and was a gift to Republican politicians. “The Democrat split deepened and led to Donald Trump today.”

Current Democrat policies are primarily driven by hatred, So much so, they have willingly allowed violence in the streets to run unabated. Perhaps they need to rename the party given the absence of democracy. Miranda Devine covered this phenomena in the NY Post of August 19, 2020, entitled “Democrats stay silent on violence in their cities.” She wisely draws attention to the “sickening hate crimes we are seeing in Democrat run cities in the name of BLM over the past 12 weeks, occurring with the tacit encouragement of Democratic mayors, governors and district attorneys.”

The Democrats have the power to put an end to the carnage, during which time innocent lives are being destroyed. Instead, they blame Trump, who is not empowered to interfere. Devine reminds us of the day before they eulogized the BLM movement and elevated it to centerpiece of their National Convention. A day when a white man was dragged out of his pickup truck by BLM protesters, kicked in the head and almost beaten to death.

Apparently, the victim, laborer Adam Haner, had been attempting to stop these “mostly peaceful” social-justice warriors from attacking a transgender woman at the time! Adding to this obscenity , on the day before Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley called for “unrest in the streets” to defeat President Trump. She informed MSNBC, “There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives.”

In conclusion a few pertinent words from John Kass of the Chicago Tribune who quotes from Bostonian Henry Adams in “The Education of Henry Adams”: “Chaos was the law of nature. Order was the dream of man. Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.. Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, had always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” Kass continues:

“Isn’t that what we’re seeing in our big cities, in Portland, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago? And isn’t that what’s being ignored? This isn’t about Republicans vs. Democrats. It’s about Democrats fighting themselves. What you are seeing are liberal Democratic mayoral administrations under siege by the hard left, as Biden and the national Democrats seek unity.”
Trump didn’t pave that road he’s on.”Biden and the national Democratic Party paved it for him, with silence that is consent.”

How can one view the inhumanity and destruction of shops, restaurants and, indeed human life daily at the hands of savagery without being in a state of shock? Has America become the land of the enemy from within? A country where radical Islam can be represented in the US Congress alongside modern day socialists whose purpose is to destroy America.

As for the media at large, they can be classified according to the biblical sins of omission. They are equal partners with the politicians. After all those who have the information have not ordained to inform us how many of the savages are illegal immigrants.

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.
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