Today I want to think back on how I remember this date ten years ago. I had just come home from work and had taken a quick nap before a meeting planing the campaign for the upcoming municipal elections. when my clock radio woke me up I heard what was happening. I rushed to the TV and saw the second plane crash live. Knowing that not everyone at the meeting was likely to be up to date I printed out a few pages from a news page, and went on my way.
Already when I saw the broadcast I knew that this was going to change the world permanently, but how was very uncertain, for a brief moment I feared that this would be the start of a third world war between the west and the Muslim world, this was quickly put to rest as I learned about the American response.
However the response seemed a but strange to me. It was like nobody really wanted to admit the reasons for the attack but just wantet to paint this as an act by a few crazy people when this was clearly not the case.
The motivation for the attack was not that difficult to see. It was a declaration of war from the Muslim world, to view Islam as just a religion is naive and plainly wrong. Islam is a fundamentalist political movement disguised as a religion. Islam has more to do with communism and Nazism than mainstream religion. The attempts to integrate Islam into a modern society are bound to go wrong and blood will be shed regularlyuntil we adapt to this fact.
However it is also clear that Christianity is some of it’s forms has some of the same traits when I follow the Christian right in the US especially the similarities become eerie. Christians who try to ban scientific facts from public schools and insist that schools work as institutions of indoctrination not ones of learning are as harmful as terrorist just in a more subtle manner.
So in my opinion the solution worth fighting for is secularism, religion is bad and should be fought in all forms, not because it is harmful in all forms, but because it can morph into fundamentalist political movements as Islam is and Christianity is becoming in some parts.
We need to insist on the real world and stop treating complete bullshit with kid gloves whenever it is labeled as religion, only then will we have learned the lesson from 9/11