Radical Islamism, the ideology behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, also fuels the conflict in Syria, Middle East experts agree. They disagree, however, on the degree of support which the United States should give to the forces opposing President Bashar Al-Assad.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, vice chair of the United States Commision on International Religious Freedom and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), told The Christian Post Tuesday, "9/11 woke up America to a symptom of a deeper disease, and that disease is what produces militant groups like al Qaeda or radical Islamism." He argued that "the core issue is not the militants, it's the ideology of political Islam."
Jasser, who is Syrian American, argued that this worldview grew from a conflict between secular governments and radical Muslims in the Middle East over the past century. "The Muslim Brotherhood cut its teeth fighting Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak," he explained. Without a Muslim government, they argued, national fascist dictators will enforce their tyrannical rule by military authority. more >>
The American Atheists organization has issued a letter to the Mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, promising to file an injunction if the mayor goes ahead with plans to place a steel beam, taken from the site of the World Trade Center, on public property. The atheist group believes that a cross carved out on the side of the steel beam in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks would be "grossly offensive" and "alienate many people." Instead, the atheist group wants the beam placed in a designated "free speech zone," which would allow others to erect their own memorials related to atheism as well as other religious groups.
"While the intention to commemorate those who died at the World Trade Center is admirable and appropriate for a community, the use of such a singular religious image will be grossly offensive and alienating to many people," Bruce Afran, attorney for The American Atheists, wrote to Mayor Liz Lempert.
Afran added that the group expects an answer to its demands by Sept. 3. more >>
Two large explosions ravaged the grounds of the Boston Marathon yesterday, leaving 3 people dead and over 170 injured in the city.
Angelica Vasquez, a 22-year-old political science student at Boston College and Sudbury, Mass. resident attended the marathon and witnessed the horror of the bombings firsthand. Vasquez and her boyfriend Vlad Yashaev, 25, sat right across the street from the explosion in the VIP section at the finish line.
"We got to our bleacher seats and we stood in the middle section and all of a sudden we heard a huge bang that felt like an impact or slight jerk. Everyone was confused," Vasquez told The Christian Post, describing the attack when it first hit. more >>
An emotional and frustrated Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traded barbs with legislators on Capitol Hill in her appearances Wednesday before Senate and House committees searching for answers in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three security personnel.
Clinton's day began first thing on Wednesday morning when she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will end later in the day before the House committee.
"I take responsibility," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger and more secure." more >>
The State Department report on the Benghazi attacks of Sept. 11 in Libya that killed an American ambassador and three others revealed some damaging information, concluding that "systemic failures" left U.S. facilities unprotected. It could also leave Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with some political baggage should she choose to run for president in 2016.
Many political pundits view Clinton, who is expected to step down from the top diplomatic post as soon as President Obama is set to name a replacement, as the leading Democrat to win the White House in 2016. Now that the report places much of the blame at the feet of the State Department, it could spell trouble for a potential campaign.
She was expected to testify in Thursday's open congressional hearings, but claimed she fell ill and suffered a concussion in a fall that has left her out of the public spotlight for the time being. more >>
The White House sent United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to gauge the response of Senate Republicans to her potential nomination to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She met behind closed doors with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), all of whom have been critical of her over comments she made following the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya.
Rice, who was accompanied by acting CIA Director Michael Morell, tried to explain to the senators why she blamed the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on an amateur video posted on YouTube.
The meeting lasted approximately 90 minutes but seemed to elicit more questions than answers. more >>