My Friend, the WTC Hero
I, Molten Eagle, used to work in the WTC (above 90th) and one of my best friends was there for both the 1993 attack (he required respiratory treatment after that) and the 9/11 debacle (I was not). Just so you know, his tower had not been hit yet, but he could feel the heat from the other tower's fire through their outer wall. When his floor got word not to evacuate, he lead his whole office, boss included, out of there due to his prior bad experience. They survived. We know other people who were not as fortunate.
A couple of years ago he, his wife and child were involved in a traffic accident with a Muslim cab driver, who seeing WTC ID in his car stated "we missed you in the world trade center, but we will get you next time." Today, he sent me an interesting, article by an Arabic speaking lady. Here it is. If you have qualms about the source, as I first did, here's a critique from a hostile source, which basically says they are biased and report opinions not news. I should think, where facts are witnessed in a mosque and heard in Arabic by someone with an embassy background that we would all be interested enough to see what she says. Not all muslims are radical Islamists, we know.
Here is what a Muslim who probably agrees with her had to say:
Open Letter to Osama bin Laden (as quoted November 16, 2001 in the New York Times):” ''We Muslims cannot keep blaming the West for all our ills. . . . The embarrassment of wretchedness among us is beyond repair. It is not just the poverty, the illiteracy and the absence of any commonly accepted social contract that define our sense of wretchedness; it is, rather, the increasing awareness among us that we have failed as a civil society by not confronting the historical, social and political demons within us. . . . Without a reformation in the practice of Islam that makes it move forward and not backward, there is no hope for us Muslims anywhere. We have reduced Islam to the organized hypocrisy of state-sponsored mullahism. For more than a thousand years Islam has stood still because the mullahs, who became de facto clergy instead of genuine scholars, closed the door on 'ijtehad' [reinterpreting Islam in light of modernity] and no one came forward with an evolving application of the message of the Holy Quran. All that the mullahs tell you today is how to go back a millennium. We have not been able to evolve a dynamic practice to bring Islam to the people in the language of their own specific era. . . . Oxford and Cambridge were the 'madrasas' of Christendom in the 13th century. Look where they are today -- among the leading institutions of education in the world. Where are our institutions of learning?'' - Izzat Majeed (Pakistani writer and businessman, in Pakistani daily The Nation)
Progress Report: MATTHEW BARAKAT filed an AP report regarding Ali al-Timimi's conviction today in Virginia.