September 11th, 2001.
The events of that day affected the daily lives of not just those in the US but also of countless people all over the world, in both subtle & not so subtle ways.
10 years later, the repercussions are still being felt but in all this time no voice has been given to the average moderate Muslim.
What follows is a transcript from an interview with a friend of mine, who has a Muslim background, on this broad topic of 9/11.
It was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.
I have a little list of names & faces here for a game that I like to call:
“Remember That Terrorist ?”
& I’d like you play it.
Friend: Am I on that list ?
X-Mer: No, that would be weird.
There are no prizes to win but just play along for a moment with my madness.
Friend: Don’t I always ?
So, I have 5 terrorists which I’ll name & show their picture of & you tell me if you remember them or not.
Osama Bin Laden, leader & founder of Al-Qaeda.
Friend: I think I remember a slightly longer & greyer beard but yeah. I think he’s out to sea at the moment.
Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber.
Friend: Really ? That’s his face ? I’d never seen his face.
X-Mer: Right but you’d heard about the Shoe Bomber ? You remember him as well ?
Friend: With the way it ended, now’s he’s become more of a joke I think but…
X-Mer: Speaking of jokes…
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Underwear Bomber.
He had something explosive in his underwear but it wasn’t you know what, remember ?
Friend: I never saw his face like with the other guy or maybe I did see but…
X-Mer: …but the Underwear Bomber does ring a bell ?
Friend: Does ring a bell.
X-Mer: Unless I’m mistaken that’s 3 in a row. How about…
Nidal Malik Hasan…
Friend: Was he in “24” ?
No, he wasn’t but he could’ve been. He was a psychiatrist, an American, a psychiatrist working at Fort Hood…
Friend: Oh ! Did he go crazy ?
X-Mer: …& he went crazy & starting shooting… well, basically anyone who was in his path.
Friend: Yeah sure, I heard about him, yeah.
X-Mer: An ironic twist, a psychiatrist who goes nuts.
X-Mer: So, that’s 4 for 4 sofar. Last 1…
Friend: Ian Davison ?
X-Mer: Yes, remember Ian Davison ?
Friend: No, unless he… was the Oklahoma Bomber ?
X-Mer: Oh, c’mon ! It’s Ian Davison, don’t you remember. He was arrested in 2009, only 2 years ago.
Friend: …no, doesn’t really… no.
X-Mer: NO !?!?!?!
Friend: Ian Davison ?
X-Mer: Well, I didn’t know him either & had to look it up…
[Info Source I]
[Info Source II]
Ian Davison, a British national, is a white supremacist who, along with his 18-year old neo-Nazi son Nicky Davison, was arrested in 2009 for planning terrorist attacks.
They had ricin, a type of poison, which could’ve easily been used to carry out terror attacks & killed many people.
Friend: I guess your point would be we all get to see the Muslim terrorist but we hardly get to see or hear anything about…
X-Mer: …I don’t know, would you say that’s the point ?
Friend: Yeah, sure. You heard about it & was very hard to ignore really because it was all over the news & this was like: “who the Hell is he ?”.
X-Mer: Yeah, who is Ian Davison ? If his group, Aryan Strike Force, apparently even wanted to topple the government why is he so unknown ?
Friend: Yeah. Sounds like a serious threat to me.
I guess it’s like what we discussed before like it’s more local as opposed to… that’s also interesting, you had the Underwear Bomber who was apparently part of Al-Qaeda.
Seems a bit weird, I don’t really believe he was actually, I believe from what I’ve read it was more like a… disappointed or maybe disturbed individual that…
X-Mer: Like a lone wolf ?
Friend: Yeah or like somebody who’s lost his way & though: “this is the right way, I’m very unhappy in my life, so I’m going to make an impact” something like that.
X-Mer: Which he did but only in a humourous sense.
Friend: Yes & now he’s going to be the laughing stock of…
X-Mer: He already IS !
Ok, so still no Ian Davison ? No ringing bell ?
Friend: No, I mean… no.
X-Mer: Well, maybe after today, right ?
That’s it for part 8 but please check back tomorrow for part 9 of the interview, where I ask my friend about the silent & peaceful majority of Muslims.