Commentary On Things Present
War is the black abyss ... few climb out untouched and unchanged. War is the last and worst option.
History records the great victories and devastating defeats, but rarely points out how tyrants and terrorists hijacked their own peoples for greed and ambition: think Henry VIII, think The Fuhrer, think Bonaparte, think Hutu Leadership.
Here on this peninsula 70 innocent families will forever grieve from war’s black abyss. One day nine years ago their loved ones went to work and never returned, and this weekend we commemorate that horror.
Coincidentally, as The Pit’s rebirth is forthcoming, Imam Feisal Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan seek a Cordoba Initiative – a Mosque and Islam Cultural Center – on Park Place, two blocks north of the conflagration, to foster, they say, dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance.
Though I cannot understand the wrinkled heart and black mind of bin Laden I would say one of his many obsessions with America is that we do NOT have too little, but rather we have too much dialogue, too much reconciliation, too much tolerance.
So I offer Imam Rauf three recommendations ... if you seek reconciliation, Sir, please come to Rockaway and get on your hands and knees and beg forgiveness from these 70 grieving families on our peninsula. Please try to explain to them why it was so wrong and immoral for some fringed fanatics to hijack Islam for their own evil and immoral purposes. No amount of pleading, of course, will return their lost; but it might help reconciliation, Sir.
If you seek to inspire dialogue, build here, Sir, but build there, too! In a ‘hands across the sea’ initiative, use your cooperative spirit to build a Judeo-Christian Cultural Center, with a Church and a Temple, in Riyadh, too! The idea is not mine, my dear Iman, but that of Muhammed Rufi of 13th century Anatolia. You seek dialogue and so do we. Use your big heart and great abilities to establish dialogue in the Empire of the Wahhabis, too. Our nation, as you know, was founded on the principle of freedom for religions, Saudi Arabia was not. Your work is as important there, Sir, as it is here.
If you seek tolerance, Sir, go to the Hindu Kush, go to the Bora Bora Mountains, go to Waziristan and preach tolerance. There, Sir, innocents are beheaded; young couples are stoned to death; children are brutalized; doctors and nurses and schoolteachers are captured, tortured and shot to death. It’s clear to the world, my dear Imam, that this insane brutality is the deranged work of ‘The Intolerants,‘ and to them, Sir, a big, beautiful and resounding voice like yours and Daisy’s might stir remorse and change.
On this worst of all days for New York City, one last suggestion: this to my political reps both here and in DC. Yes, my dear political leaders, get angry, it is right and just to get angry ... GET ANGRY AT THE TERRORISTS!!! The terrorists who hijacked their religion for the worst of all reasons.
The terrorists who willfully and cunningly took the lives of 3,000 American innocents. The terrorists who declared war on America’s four freedoms. Rail against them with the greatest of your rhetorical skills. Be loud, be persuasive, be steadfast and demand nothing less from our leaders than Unconditional Surrender from these harbingers of insane brutality.
Rockaway’s 70 innocents will be remembered in a beautiful commemorative ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, September 11 in Tribute Park which is – of course – open to all. I think it is very important not to forget.
This commentary is mine and mine only ...