We should pause to reflect on the solemn day fifteen years ago in 2001 when al-Qaeda terrorists attacked on US soil, killing 2,996 innocent people and injuring over 6,000 more.
The 9-11 attacks created nearly 9,000 real victims because no one deserved, or could have reasonably expected, such a hateful and diabolical act. We know that Osama bin Laden blamed the attacks on all of America, vilifying “all those who participate in, or help the Jewish occupiers in killing Muslims.” No matter what your position may be on the Middle East, there is no reasonable justification for al-Qaeda killing and injuring American civilians in a sneak-attack without provocation by US forces.
Yet some plagued with victim mentality have attempted to blame 9-11 on the unfairness of America’s position in the world. A purple-haired history professor teaching Women’s & Gender Studies classes at Saddleback College in California is one such blamer. In 2001, she supported a statement blaming 9-11 on American “imperialism” — which is code for feelings of jealousy over America’s “unfair” wealth and strength as compared to other countries — and she recently tore down “Never Forget” 9-11 memorial posters because she said they were not “approved” (I guess she doesn’t believe in the First Amendment right to Freedom of Expression).
She is obviously a kook, but the lesson to be learned is this: With freedom comes purveyors of kooky ideas. If we’re too “polite” or “politically correct,” to call them out and say they are not valid, they can seep into college campuses and potentially be accepted by young, impressionable minds – especially at our institutions of higher learning, where students are rewarded with good grades the regurgitation of whatever the professor professes, not critical thinking.
The victim mentality is strong and we need to be aware of it. At least today — in honor of those lost in 9-11 and those who loved them — let’s utilize critical thinking and call out the kooks who find any way they can to say that Islamic terrorists are somehow the “victims.”