The Evolving Threat of Jihad in the
One of the most important
stories related to the September 11 attacks was the one that was
deliberately left largely untold. That story is the response of some
Muslims in America to the massacre of nearly 3,000 people by Islamic
supremacists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
According to a Washington Post article published on September 18,
2001, in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from the destroyed
World Trade Center, â€śWithin hours of the two jetliners plowing into
the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and
questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the
attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they
watched the devastation on the other side of the river.â€ť
The New York Post reported on September 15, 2001, that Muslim
Americans in Patterson, NJ were also seen celebrating the attacks.
Word-of-mouth reports abounded in the weeks and months following
September 11 of spontaneous celebrations carried out that day in
Dearborn, Michigan, in Virginia and other Muslim American
The most notable aspect of the published reports of the
celebrations was that there were so few of them.
After all, the notion that any Muslim Americans would celebrate the
jihadist attack was certainly newsworthy.
The stories were suppressed at the time by political leaders. Then
New York mayor Rudy Guiliani for instance said the celebrations
shouldnâ€™t be reported lest they lead to violent attacks against
Then president George W. Bush rushed to defend and uphold Islam as
a â€śreligion of peace,â€ť almost immediately after the attacks. Bush
insisted that al-Qaida was a fringe movement and ideology in the world
of Islam. Its Islamic supremacism did not reflect either the Islamic
faith or the ideology of the overwhelming majority of
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