Tuesday, September 11, 2012

God & 9/11

Sorry folks, God had nothing to do with the attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City and the attack on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001 (9/11). It was an attack by Al Qaeda, an extremist group based in Afghanistan, lead and supported by Osama Bin Laden.

Let's remember three thousand plus people from about 100 countries died on 9/11 from a diversity of ethnicity and religion, all of whom believed in God in their own faith.

Let's remember they died for a political statement by Al Qaeda for the US geopolitics and international policies in the middle east, supporting non-democratic government.

Let's remember we supported the Shah of Iran. We supported Saddham Hussein in Iraq.  We supported his war with Iran after the 1979 hostage taking in Tehran. We supported his decision to attack Kuwait in 1990 leading to the first Gulf War.

We continue to support the Saud family controlling Saudi Arabia. We continue to support Israel with military weapons and funds in their attacks against Palestinians and their control and oppression of Palestinians of Gaza, the West Bank and the Golan Height.

I know Hamas and Hezbolah have extremist factions in their organizations and they conduct strikes against people in Israel. But let's remember both are fighting this war and neither Hamas and Hezbolah is a match for the Israeli military backed by the US military.

But that's another argument.

We should only invoke God when he commerate and honor those who died, from the people in the WTC towers and the Pentagon and the first responders who died trying to save people.

We don't invoke God when it comes to violence, whether it's the original act by Al Qaeda or the response by the US government in Afghanistan, and then Iraq which was not part of 9/11, where more Americans have died than on 9/11.

We don't invoke God just for invoking God for no reason other than asking for forgiveness or guidence. Asking for God's grace for a nation is not reason to invoke his name today. God will do what God wants and thinks best, not what we want.

Don't invoke God in the name of patriotism. God doesn't play favorites by our patriotism, but by our humanity.

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