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Behind the Ten Years Since 911

Behind the events of 911, remembering 911

After listing to a political science professor from the University of Montreal on what lies behind the divide between the Maghreb and Western cultures, I have decided to write this article. I am inspired by the tendency to seek division rather than harmony in the US and the concentration on reacting out of fear rather than acting through tolerance and acceptance. Let me explain.

Accepting the building of a mosque on American soil by Muslims as by any other religious minority should be embraced rather than shunned wither by other locals or through the media at large. Every educated person should know that lack of acceptance builds resentment on the part of the person who cannot express his beliefs where he has a right. The US is supposed to be a place of religious tolerance and that may mean having to give up some turf near a harsh reminder of the past. One cannot blame all Muslims for the spread of hatred induced by Bid Laden. Ever since there was an accord between the US and the Bin Laden family, one may find it difficult to put the blame on the diffusion of hate on this man alone.

Spreading hate comes through ignorance and it is quote popular to spread such notions though poorly authenticated information. Muslims are also as educated as westerners and many have been living on this side of the Atlantic for years sending their kids through the North American process of education and yet teaching them the ways of their culture at home. That is not an ill and neither is their mode of dressing and this should not be regarded as an evil. All this is still what is generated in small towns like one in Quebec where the word of a mayor clinched the sense that intolerance that could very well be believed all over, where the Muslim dress code is regarded as alien. But the dress code varies between other minorities so why should one stick out? Is it because of the myth of Bin Laden? Remember that the Bin Laden family and the US state department were at one time the best of friends; there was a common interest.

Ten years later the country is commemorated their losses but what a pity that every access to those places has been bordered up and the country has become a prison unto itself in two of its prestige cities, New York and Washington. Had there been some means of understanding the differences between the cultures and had that been concentrated on the news, rather than just the search for Bin Laden and the attempt to bring law and order in a land, which wants its own autonomy, then perhaps there would not have been the need to barricade those cities to that effect. With a concentration on the security and the delayed mentioning of the return of a Canadian citizen of Syrian origin with no substantiated links to criminal organizations there is a concentration on fear. Fear breeds distrust and it attracts negativity, which cannot bring an understanding between diverse cultures.

Forcefully wanting to change the way of living half-way around the world does not breed trust either, just resentment and this has contributed to the threat of reacting to the 911 anniversary in ways that New York and Washington can do without.

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