Controversy over 9/11 Museum film that mentions the 'you-know-whos' who attacked us
CAIR is in an uproar. All those well intentioned interfaith clerics, priests, and preachers who are so...so...ecumenical agree with them. There are certain things you can't say about terrorism and terrorists and a film about the rise of al-Qaeda to be shown at the 9/11 Museum made the mistake of coming right out and saying it.
You guessed it; the filmmakers ran afoul of the perpetually outraged by telling viewers exactly who it was that attacked us and why.
In the interest of ecumencialism - and not wanting to offend those good folks at CAIR - I will refrain from identifying the culprits who hijacked 4 planes and murdered 3,000 Americans because as we all know, if is far more important not to offend a religious group than it is to tell the truth about what happened that horrible day.
So let's just say...it was the "you-know-whos" who attacked us and leave it at that, ok?
Museum officials consulted hundreds of people -- survivors, relatives of the victims, rescue workers, community leaders and others -- as they determined what should be included in the exhibits occupying the halls beneath the footprints of the Twin Towers.
While that effort has been applauded by many for being a fitting, emotional telling of one of the darkest days in U.S. history, it is not without its controversies. Among them is a seven-minute film entitled "The Rise of Al Qaeda."
The documentary tells the story of the growth of a worldwide terrorist organization. The film, which features video of al Qaeda training camps and previous attacks, plays next to a room where photos of the 9/11 attackers are on display.
The inclusion of that story is not the problem. But the use of words like "jihad" and "Islamist" in the narration prompted some Muslim Americans and others to call for edits.
"We feel that there is unfortunate messaging in referencing to Islam," said Zead Ramadan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
His wife was a first responder who aided in the search-and-rescue effort after the attacks. Ramadan fears that millions of visitors will walk away from the documentary believing that Islam is to blame for 9/11.
The Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York, was part of a museum advisory council that was given an opportunity to view the documentary. "The film loosely and without sufficient definition or context describes the rise of al Qaeda and uses terms that are confusing and controversial," she said.
Breyer said the the film is the only museum display that appears to assign blame.
"It's the one thing in there that suggests who to blame," she said. "And to do that, it requires the kind of depth and nuance and sophistication that the rest of the museum has. It's a very delicate and difficult complex question, and they don't go anywhere near addressing it."
Is it really a "delicate and difficult complex question" or is it a straightforward, simple, and obvious question of who was responsible for the attacks? Or do the "you-know-whos" have a point?
I haven't seen the film but I can't imagine any exhibit at that museum that would blame all "you-know-whos" for terrorism. It's balmy to think so.
"No one will come through this exhibit and, in any way, think that we are indicting an entire religion, which we in no way are," said Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
In a statement, museum officials said: "A major part of preserving the history of September 11 is to show who was responsible for the monstrous attack on America that led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people of various ethnicities and religious beliefs. This brief film, within the context of surrounding exhibits, focuses on the roots of al Qaeda with the express purpose of helping visitors understand who perpetrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It does not purport to be a film about Islam or in any way generalize that Muslims are terrorists."
This is just another case of hypersensitivity by the "you know-whos." And a way to get CAIR's name in the media. Any effort to talk about terrorism cannot mention the "you-know-whos" in any context whatsoever, because as we all know, the "you-know-whos" are a peaceful people and would never engage in terrorist acts.
Well, maybe "never" is too strong a word. After all, terrorism is caused by poverty, imperialism., and oppression of the "you-know-whos" by the west. And religion has nothing to do with it.
So all you bigots out there - and you know who you are - stop blaming the "you-know-whos" for terrorism and get with the ecumenical program; a terrorist is just as likely to be a white Chirstian as a "you-know-who." Just ask the Department of Homeland Security. They agree.