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.
After an eternity, we finally had the death of Bin Laden himself & the 10th anniversary of the start of the War On Terror is coming up.
Where do you think the conflict, the War On Terror, will go in the next 10 years ? Where will it be in 2021 ? Is there a victory coming up, is there a defeat coming up ?
What’s going to happen in the next 10 years ?
Friend: Well, I think sooner or later some of those guys are going to run out of men, even though…
X-Mer: The terrorists or the US troops ?
Friend: The US troops is very unlikely, I think… the terrorist groups, maybe they do have a lot of recruits, who knows & who can tell ?
It goes back to the fearmongering, when you start presenting people by trying to group them together like “this is the bad group” you’re going to create that hostility, that hate. So, yeah then it could go on forever.
But I think there’s going to be… another group of people & then the focus will be on that group of people. They’ll probably still be fighting in Afghanistan but you’ll never hear about it. It will all be about…
X-Mer: “60 Minutes” will talk about something else ?
Friend: Like you said about Ian Davison, that’s not something you should ignore, that’s quite a dangerous man.
X-Mer: Imagine if he escapes ? Won’t he be mad, what if wants revenge ?
Friend: That’s a very big possibility.
X-Mer: & he knows how to make poison !
Friend: Sure & who’s to say he’s not going to make much more of it ?
It’s where do you put your focus. I don’t know who the next group is going to be, some people say North Korea maybe or maybe it’s going to be the Russians again because they’re growing as a superpower.
X-Mer: Let’s not foget the Chinese.
Friend: The Chinese. So, who knows ? You have all the development in India, the knowledge & technology is growing there…
X-Mer: Both India & Pakistan have nuclear capabilities now.
Friend: Yeah, so who’s to say who’s going to be the next group of people ? & would it take another incident like 9/11 to escalate things ? Maybe, maybe not.
X-Mer: Like you said, the 1st World War started with that prince being shot dead & that was used as a startingpoint, possibly an excuse…
Friend: Yeah, that was the excuse I think.
X-Mer: …& then here the events of 9/11, another startingpoint for another conflict, so there’s always these…
Friend: There’s always… seems to be a startingpoint & excuse, like World War II & you had Poland & Hitler. They allowed Hitler, before Poland, to “collect” all those countries & they said: “if he does this THEN we’ll do something, then we’ll start the war”.
X-Mer: Took a long time before they started the war.
Friend: Yeah true.
I think it’s just gonna go on forever, unfortunately.
X-Mer: You don’t think there’ll be a victory by either side ?
Friend: It’s just a vicious cycle.
X-Mer: You won’t see, suppose he’d lived, see Osama Bin Laden taking over the White House or President Obama proudly walking across a safe frontier between Afghanistan & Pakistan ?
Friend: I think it’s very unlikely. Take India & Pakistan, how long have they been fighting amongst eachother ?
X-Mer: & the thing is, that’s basically brother against brother because you had 1 nation.
Friend: Right. You had the division because of religion but it probably was about money & power. As long as that greed is going to exist, we’re still going to be having those conflicts.
So, no I don’t see it ending anytime soon. It’s just going to… the names will be different but…
X-Mer: So, 10 years from now there’ll be something new to take the focus ?
Friend: Yeah, sure.
I saw “Watchmen” the movie yesterday… well, in order to achieve worldpeace you really have to give people a common enemy, so… unless we get invaded by aliens I don’t see worldpeace coming.
X-Mer: Ok, so could there be a World War III as a result of 9/11 ?
Friend: Maybe we already had it but we don’t realize it. Could you say the Arab Spring is now part of it ?
X-Mer: Do you think it’s part of it ? You could argue that there’s all these types of events, starting from 9/11 ?
Friend: I think it’s all connected. I mean there’s probably stuff…
X-Mer: Earlier stuff.
Friend: Earlier stuff, you had the Russians trying to invade Afghanistan & you had the US helping out…
X-Mer: The CIA apparently trained Bin Laden.
Friend: Yeah, sure. You can’t really locate the beginning of it & probably won’t see the end of it.
X-Mer: Any closing thoughts on the subject matter ?
Friend: Well, I think we pretty much concluded that it’ll never end. That’s a bit of a downer, of course but you know…
When you get down to it, we’re all just people trying to live our lives &… it’s a shame there have to be people with a lot of power… I just think that they ruin it for all of us, really.
I think we all have the ability to be good people & you know, all this… war & things like that, it’s just bullshit really.
X-Mer: [LOL] Wait a minute, profanity on my blog ?
Friend: [LOL] Sorry.
It’s like… people creating conflict where there couldn’t be or shouldn’t be any. Like you said, it’s just about the greed.
X-Mer: Ok, let’s leave it at that. Thank you for your time !
Friend: Thanks for the interview, it was a lot of fun & it was quite different from what I expected.
X-Mer: Really ?!?
To sneak another question in there, what did you think… you must’ve have had some sort of thought or idea of what might happen.
Friend: Yeah, I thought 11 questions were going to be a bit too much & wondered if you could come up with them but you did quite a good job I think.
X-Mer: Thank you.
That’s it for part 11 & also this interview on the 10 aniversary of 9/11.
It took a serious amount of prep time & elbow grease later on, to make all of it come together.
& now that it’s over & am finally able to look back on it, it was most certainly worth every effort along the way.
RIP to the innocent victims of 9/11 & all those since then.
Thanks for reading !