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At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed by Islamist terrorists into the building. For one man employed there, a timely smoke break that took him outside the office saved his life. (Photo: defence.gov)

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Although September 11 happened many years ago, I remember what happened then as if it were yesterday.  I was a high school student, studying in the Greater Washington, DC area, when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airplanes, downing all of them. Two of them struck the World Trade Center in New York.  One of them hit the Pentagon.  Still another crashed in Pennsylvania, after the passengers on board decided to sacrifice themselves so that more innocent lives would not be lost.

I studied with a girl, whose father only survived due to his addiction to cigarettes.  He was out on a cigarette break at his job at the Pentagon, when the Al Qaeda terrorists murdered everyone in his office.  He was the sole survivor. A cigarette saved his life. In total, around 3,000 people were massacred on that horrific day. 

Mendi Safadi, who heads the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, stated in a recent interview: “20 years after that horrific day that shook the world, it appears that we are still groping with the global struggle against terrorism and what is the best way to obliterate it.” According to him, this is to our chagrin. 

“The fundamentalist seeks to bring down a great deal more than buildings,” the prolific writer Salmon Rashdie once explained.

“Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex. There are tyrants, not Muslims.”

However, Safadi emphasized that the community of nations has still failed to grasp that terrorists cannot be fought with democratic tools and that individuals who are driven by a radical ideology cannot be reformed or rehabilitated: 

“The failure of the American administration in waging the war on terror affects the rest of the world, which is confusing given that the very definition of terrorism is controversial and we must work for uniformity in the definition and manner the fight against terrorism is conducted in order to thwart such attacks.”  

Safadi insisted, “The Obama administration’s failures in Egypt and Syria have been the worst known in the region, and side effects have led to irreversible disasters, from the intensification of radical Islamic organizations such as ISIS, to the expansion of Iranian militias to Syria, Yemen and Iraq in addition to Lebanon.”

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Noting that the Iranian nuclear deal merely gave Iran legitimacy by the mere fact that the world powers were negotiating with them, Safadi added, “Let us not forget the power it gave to Erdogan to crown himself the new Turkish sultan en route to re-establishing the Ottoman Empire under the tutelage of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Safadi explained that the Trump administration did not have enough time to repair the damage caused by Obama, who had already destroyed much in the region due to his disastrous policy of appeasing radical Islamists.  And now, he said, we have Joe Biden in the White House, who is just repeating Obama’s mistakes:

“The flight from Afghanistan is shameful, as the world just commemorated the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, yet handed the country over to the Taliban on a silver platter.” 

The late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a particular way of describing problematic diplomacy: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”  

The time has come for the United States to learn from history and to face problems rather than run away from them, so that there won’t be another September 11.  

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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