"We will make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them"
United States President George W. Bush - September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

They missed.

The Muslim terrorists thought they were attacking America on the morning of September 11, 2001, but they missed.  They did hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but they missed America.  They did murder many innocent, non-political, non-military, men, women and children in the airplanes they hijacked and the buildings they destroyed, but they missed America.  They are dancing and cheering and celebrating and laughing in the streets of Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and many other Moslem countries, because of the death and horror they caused with their barbarism and because they think they struck America.  But they missed.  They don’t know America.  They don’t understand America.

They don’t understand America any more that we understand them.  The title of this page states  “The Muslims Missed”.  We were attacked by Muslims.  Who happened to be Arab and/or Persians, and/or Egyptians and/or someone else.  We don’t know.  Yet.  But they were Muslims.

I have never read the Holy Koran or have even spoken to a Muslim regarding the dogma of religion but I cannot accept that more than a billion peoples of this earth could or would embrace a religion that promotes the wanton murder and mayhem of innocent men, women and children merely to advance their philosophies.  These terrorists, demigods of Islam, who are nothing more than cowards and criminals, each possessing more than a fragment of insanity, hide behind the cloak of religion to justify their depravity and fulfill their perverted desires for death and destruction.  I cannot accept that these men represent Islam.  I do not pretend to understand the conflicts of faith between Judaism and Islam, but I am aware there are grave issues between these peoples and their struggle has existed for centuries.  I do, partially, understand the political conflicts between Israel and Palestine, but only partially.  And I will never understand the Palestinian targeting of Israeli school busses to resolve those political conflicts.   I have to believe that I am “typical” in my American comprehension of those questions.  I understand I don’t understand.

But what I really don’t understand is why the hundreds of millions of Muslims make no effort to seek out and destroy the hundreds (perhaps a few thousand) of those violators who have been and continue to defile the image and structure of Islam.  Muslims may be confident and secure in their own personal beliefs, but it is essential they become more sensitive to world opinion.  The gesture of Yassar Arafat donating his own blood for the victims of this terrorism is precisely the nature of actions this faith must extend to regain and maintain the worldly respect Islam deserves.  The value of Arafat’s pint of blood is minuscule.  The gesture is priceless.

America is mostly Christian.    We don’t understand Muslims.  Muslims don’t understand Americans.  They attacked America and missed.  We don’t live in America,  America lives in us.

That’s the way I see it.


September 11, 2001