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Subject: An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11
swhitebull    4/11/2004 7:22:26 PM
From MEMRI: Surprised? Special Dispatch - Egypt/U.S. & the Middle East April 11, 2004 No. 693 Egyptian Professor at American University of Cairo Reacts to U.S. Reform Initiative & Claims there is 'No Conclusive Proof'' Arabs & Muslims were Behind 9/11 - U.S. May be Responsible In an article titled 'Colonial Echoes' which appeared recently in Al-Ahram Weekly, Galal Amin, a professor of economics at the American University in Cairo, reacted to the U.S. administration's Greater Middle East Initiative. The following are excerpts from the article:(1) The U.S. Greater Middle East Initiative - What For, Why Now? "A few lines into the text of the Greater Middle East Initiative one is gripped with puzzlement. The initiative tops the agenda of the G8 conference scheduled for June in the U.S. The text, published on 13 February in the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat, gets into the drawbacks of Arab societies by line three. A small introductory paragraph and we are faced with the horrors of the Arab world. The combined GDP of members of the Arab League is less than that of Spain, for example. About 40 per cent of Arab adults, or 65 million persons, are illiterate, two-thirds of these women. The list goes on, establishing the claim, made in the first sentence of the text, that the situation presents a 'challenge and unique opportunity to the international community.' "An opportunity for what exactly? For reform? In what field? For renaissance? In what area? The initiative cites three areas of reform, based on the two Arab Human Development Reports issued by the UNDP in 2002 and 2003. The text cites the UNDP reports frequently, stressing the fact that their authors were Arabs. So their conclusions about the problems of their own countries must be beyond question, right? The initiative's text notes three areas where the Arabs are particularly at fault: (a) democracy, (b) knowledge, and (c) women's empowerment. The initiative speaks at length of the 'expansion' of economic opportunity in the Arab world." 'What Business Have You Interfering In Our Affairs? Have We Complained To You About Our Democracy, Knowledge and Women, and Asked for Help?' "The first thing that must come to the Arab mind is: what a bundle of nonsense is this? What business do you have interfering in our affairs? Have we complained to you about our democracy, knowledge and women, and asked for help? The more one thinks of it, the more outrageous the whole thing seems. For one thing, the ailments the text mentions - democracy, knowledge, women - go back a long way, decades if not centuries. So why the sudden interest in righting the wrongs? Why now?... "The only explanation the Greater Middle East Initiative offers is that the deplorable conditions in Arab countries spawn Arab and Islamic terror and the latter threatens U.S. and European security, as the September 11 events show. So something has to be done at last. According to the text of the initiative, 'the three drawbacks mentioned by the Arab authors of the two UN Arab Human Development Reports for 2002 and 2003 - freedom, knowledge, and women empowerment - create conditions detrimental to the national interests of all G8 members. So long as the number of people deprived of their political and economic rights is rising, the region will witness an increase in extremism, terror, international crime, and illegal immigration.'" 'No Conclusive Proof' that 9/11 Was an Outcome of Arab and Islamic Terror - It May Have Been Done by Americans or with American Assistance "The claim that the Greater Middle East Initiative aims, wholly or partly, to eliminate terror of the type seen on September 11, 2001 is unconvincing, for several reasons. One is that there is still doubt that the September attacks were the outcome of Arab and Islamic terror. No conclusive proof to this effect is yet available. Many writers, American and European, as well as Arab, suspect that the attacks were carried out by Americans, or with American assistance, or that Americans knew about them and kept silent. Such doubts are strong and rest on damning evidence, but the U.S. administration forcefully censors them and bans any discussion of the matter - something that, by the way, makes one suspect the US administration's commitment to 'knowledge.' But enough of that." 'The Claim That Terror Is The Outcome Of Lack Of Freedom, Knowledge And Women's Empowerment Is Untenable' "Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the September attacks were truly the outcome of Arab and Islamic terror. Let's also assume that so-called Arab and Islamic terror is a phenomenon truly independent from any foreign intervention. Let's assume that Arab and Islamic terror has not been helped and abetted by intelligence services from other parts of the world... Let's assume that Arab and Islamic terror is purely Arab and Islamic, emanating from Arab sources, grown on Arab soil. Even if this were
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American Kafir    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/11/2004 7:32:12 PM
It's France's fault, they started the Crusades.
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sentinel28a    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/11/2004 7:32:54 PM
Well, gee, Swhitebull, didn't you get the memo? Arabs never kill other Arabs. In fact, they're all gentle, kind creatures who never, ever do anything wrong. Yemen? Americans. Assassination of Sadat? Americans. Massacre of the Etzion Bloc? Okay, those were Arabs, but if the Jews would just die off quietly, it wouldn't have been necessary. Hamas slaying of their own people who suggest maybe Israel isn't the enemy of God? Zionist Mossad trying to cause trouble. Protocols of the Elders of Zion? Absolute truth. All I can say is, the willful blindness of people like this fool are the biggest stumbling block to peace in the world. To be honest, I don't mind so much when an Egyptian raised on this kind of tripe says something like this. What bothers me is when an American claims it. I spent an hour on Fark last night explaining how the WTC could indeed have been brought down by airliners (gasp! NO!), how the Pentagon was hit by an airliner too, and not a cruise missile (you mean 50-100 people who saw it go in WEREN'T paid off by Karl Rove?) and how the USAF was not stood down on 9/11 (but a radical French leftist said so, and they're never wrong!). And Arabs wonder why the rest of the world thinks they're backward.
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Green Dragon    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/11/2004 11:17:43 PM
>>The True Cause of Terror - Arab Relations With - The U.S. and the U.S. Position On The Palestinian Issue And Israel Only in your own mind and those of your ilk you falcon fascist gibbon. You can keep your economics qualifications (whatever they may be), I'll hang on grimly to my B.E. (Chem.)..
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dudley    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/12/2004 10:44:16 AM
aarabs dont know terror yet.wait till the next attack and the liberals start scratching their heads and figure out its time to quit apologizing to these idiots.
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swhitebull    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/12/2004 10:50:33 AM
Unfortunately, this is standard fair coming out of Egyptian and Arab world academia. The guy's a real piece of work. swhitebull
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OzWobbles    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/12/2004 3:44:16 PM
Speaking of Egyptians, it reminds me of a former colleague, who was from Egypt, and whose attitudes opened my eyes to the realities of the Middle East. He was RABIDLY anti-Israeli, and corrected my then understanding that there was peace between Egypt and Israel. He actually celebrated Sharon's election, believing that Sharon would over-react and bring down condemnation on Israel and really inflame the Palestinians. I spent the last half of 2000 in the US for training - my company is headquartered in North Carolina. Anyway, just after the intifada started, he sent an email to a lot of people in the company (myself included, evidently believing I was still in Sydney) urging us to boycott American goods to protest against their support of Israel. (Yeah, right!) He was asked to leave before I got back, but I don't know if the email was part of the reason.
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bsl    RE:An Egyptian Professor's Take on Who Really Was BEhind 9/11   4/12/2004 5:30:19 PM
There are times when it seems as if the distinction between "moderate" Arab intellectualism and "extreme" arab intellectualism turns on whether the scholar discovers lint or polyps....
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TriggaFingaz    A book with lots more of this   4/13/2004 3:38:30 PM
For more madness written by Arab intellectuals, demagogues, terrorists and clerics, read "Islamikaze: Manifestations of Islamic Martyrology' by Rapheal Israeli. Really tells you how the ME thinks.... PS This book cost me UK17.50! Expensive!
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