On 9/11 Anniversary, Allen West Blames "Radical" Islam, Never Mentions Bin Laden

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West continues his anti-Islam rhetoric.
​Ten years ago, as the Twin Towers fell, there were fears the attacks would bring on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in America. Some people worried that every innocent citizen in a headscarf would be blamed for the terrorists' plot and that ethnic and religious profiling would become an accepted part of our national culture.

Now, Osama bin Laden is dead. American troops are withdrawing from Iraq, and many national leaders are contemplating the best way to leave Afghanistan.Yet U.S. Rep. Allen West is carrying on the anti-Muslim sentiment that highlighted the ugliest parts of our national 
psyche for the past decade. He released a statement yesterday that blamed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on "a radical Islamic enemy" -- not al Qaeda, and not bin Laden. In fact, in his recollection of 9/11, he never mentions any of the individuals who planned or orchestrated the attacks. 

"I knew whoever was responsible for this despicable attack would have to be held accountable," West writes. "Since then, I have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now in the United States House of Representatives, I will continue to work to bring every single one of these enemies to justice.

"As Americans, we sit here today knowing that the war is not over.  This radical Islamic enemy, this militant Islam we are facing is evidenced in Islamic Totalitarianism. It is not something with which we can appease or negotiate."

Ten years ago, our national leaders told us we were fighting a war on terrorism. Now West is citing an enemy called "Islamic Totalitarianism," which he does not define. Is this the kind of progress we should be proud of?
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5 Pillars sister
5 Pillars sister

wow..wow..wow....unbelievable.I wonder just what West would say if black christian Americans were the topic of his rants, and being targeted as radical and extreme???I wont even honor the man with the title of Mr. or Sir.   ..That is for educated knowledgeable intelligent individuals, who don't make racist bigoted remarks, and don't judge a nation of people, regardless of their personal opinion. His comments reflect a low class, uneducated slew of remarks that he is not only off topic about, but misleading and untrue. He is strictly a hate monger looking for some kind of back support because he cant justify his words!I wonder does he know that religious Jews pray 3 times a day, are they radicals????? Oh yeah and let me just mention something that for sure will burn the whole lot of you>>>

I was born into a christian world( in Atlanta, GA) adopted and raised by Jewish parents, spent time living in Israel, educated there as well , and I accepted Islam as my religion!! Quick, someone catch the people reading this passing out!!! OMG...who could do such a thing??!!! I am happy and proud about my choice, I have found peace and understanding in life, acceptance by hundreds, and only in a silly small little newspaper, did I ever see such a ridiculous report on terrorism and "radical Islam"???Seriously???  His thinking and hatred towards Islam and Muslim people by far stretches out to his own delusions and paranoia to such an extent he cant even think outside the box with knowledge, and furthermore, lacks the intelligence to learn about Islam and Muslim people before spreading this vicious hate.I almost am forced to feel sorry for this man.His ISLAMAPHOBIA is really sad. Instead of reaching out and trying to communicate with people, he just chooses to spread hatred by division of nations.How very tragic .Education=Understanding=Intelligence, and unity of not only nations,but of the world.

Peace out ya'll.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

It's just unconscionable to me that you or anyone else would willingly follow the dictates of a lying, thieving, raping, murdering, pedophile psychopath.  Ipso facto, you must be insane as well.  

AmanaVoice
AmanaVoice

"a radical Islamic enemy” ! What is next! Is Allen west coming near to say "Islamic Enemy"! He did attack Islam and Muslims in the past. He has to go to the Dictionary to learn the difference between "Radical" and "Terrorist". If West or any one starts to call terrorists by the name of radicals then he will be accusing any Muslim as a walking radical! Radical is in the eye of the beholder! A Jewish friend told me once and I learned a lot from his opinion that some people will call a Muslim a radical if he prays 5 times a day (That is required in Islam). Other people will call a Muslim a radical if he prays ones a day. I learned that what ever Muslims do they will still be called radicals. Lets ask a question here,is Allen West considered a radical! I think he is a radical politician and his views have been promoting hate against Islam and Muslims. My message to Mr. Allen West is to go through an intensive training in "Anger Management". Our country can not face all the challenges we Americans are facing. Radical members in our Government will never unite us. These members are like a virus and I pray that a healthy system will spit them out for a healthier society and a stronger nation. By: Br. Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, Director of AMANA, the American Muslim Association of North America. www.amanavoice.com

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

Is AmanaVoice and Misty 81 the same person?  Too funny.  Talk about talking points and cut and pasting!

If any of you listen to Col. West speak, you will be surprised to see that the man is very composed and very level headed.  I have never seen him lose his cool.  But military men have minds that are contained and calm.  You have to in order to be a warrior.  It's basic warrior 101.  Col. West is not afraid to speak out against the facism pisslam represents.  This man is an American leader.  I salute him. 

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

You salute him. It sounds like you are blowing him. Come up for air..."Mary".

Brainwashed
Brainwashed

Guess you never read the transcript of his court marshal.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

Most absolutely.  I would be in favor of nuking mecca now.  Just be done with it.  The atrocities commited in moslem countries, especially against women, are the greatest genocide occuring in the world today.  97% of Egyptian women do not have genitals, yet BO thinks the Egyptians are great.  Gender apartied and the atrocities commited against women is something the world too easily overlooks, cause well, they're women and girls, afterall, except for the Baki boys or those young boys who cannot grow a beard and in moehammy's eyes resemble pearls that he liked to stick his tongue into. 

nanook5
nanook5

oh thank god, a comment from mary i can reply to. i love you mary. you've converted me the bosom of the necessity of destroying the planet to get rid of the muslims because they are missing their vaginas. make love to me while reciting EDL talking points, mary! it's destiny!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

HHhahhahahaahhaahahah

You are absolutely fucking daft...

Wanna get married?

Heartlander
Heartlander

THANK YOU Allen West for so often being the only adult in the room, who is unafraid to deal with reality AS IT IS, not as the way we all WISH it were.

Those of you so quick to criticize West need to actually STUDY Islamic scriptures, law and history, the way Congressman West has.

Here's a good intro to the subject, from Steve Coughlin, formerly the top expert on Islamic Law (sharia) for the Pentagon:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

And here is Allen West's speech from that same conference:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

nanook5
nanook5

why should i care about burqa's when this moon-god worshiping society is forcing me & everyone else to wear pants for my entire life? acknowledge the hypocrisy of all clothes and kill yourself!

Downer
Downer

"Is this the kind of progress we should be proud of?" Absolutely. Rep. speaks the truth no one else will bravely do.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"Douchebagpalooza"

- Virgil Starkwell, September 12, 2011

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"The American people create jobs, not the government."

Newt Gingrich, September 12, 2011

********************************************************************************************************

So:

1. No Republican candidate can criticize the President for failing to create jobs because that is not a realistic function of the government of which Obama is the executive.2. No Republican candidate can take credit for the jobs created in their state -- be it Texas, Massachusetts, Utah, or Minnesota -- because it was the people that did it, not the state government.3. No Republican candidate can claim that, if elected, they will create jobs because "they" are then "the government," and entity that can't create jobs.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

"When you're dealt 4 aces, that doesn't make you a great poker player."

- Mitt "The Shit" Romney, September 12, 2011

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

I would take Colonel Kurtz over ex Colonel West in a heartrbeat.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Virgil, think about the idea of Israeli forces in combat in Iraq. Think about how many Arab and Muslim states would rush to send troops hoping to kill Israelis. Think about who back in Israel, not a big country, would have to take the places of those who went to Iraq. Think about what kind of weapons Bibi might think he had to use to defend any perceived threats. Are you sure you want this wider escalation? Not wise, bro. 

Don't want to see like an apologist for the Israelis, which I definitely am NOT, but Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and all sorts of suspect "allies" are getting big bundles of cash from us each year. Usually the Israelis take the money and buy military hardware from our military-industrial complex, so it's just another form of taxpayer-funded corporate welfare.   

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

All I am saying is that we need to stop spilling blood for Big Oil, the Military Industrial/Security Complex, the Bankers and the Zionists.

All of these groups have destroyed America.

nanook5
nanook5

"the taqiyya....the taqiyya....."

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

10 years after this tragedy, our government andmen of power use 9/11 as a lightning rod for the production of Mass FEAR andcontrol.  Our Constitutional Rights arebeing squandered through The Patriot Act and more recently, internet censorshiplaws.  See my visual commentary on livingin this Orwellian state on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Does Mr. West seriously believe that the Bush-Cheney war in Iraq had anything whatsoever to do with the events of 9/11/01? If so, then the man is a dupe, in addition to being a cretin.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

You are really good at calling people names!  Such a great quality!  And talent!  Who needs debating skills when you can cuss and name call so well? 

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

So we should just leave the Iraqis to deal with Iranian funded insurgents on their own, today?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

No. We should send every Israeli over to Iraq to fight for "their" cause. Stop spilling our blood, and stop taking 3 billion per year of our tax dollars. At least fight besides us. Send a token force of troops.

You have the 3rd-5th most powerful military in the world, with an "undeclared" arsenal of 200 nuclear weapons.

Stand on your own and leave us alone. Our alliance with your country has been a disaster for the U.S.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Iraq is not a country. It is a place that's home to three countries (Kurds, Shia, Sunni) that was set up by the great minds of the British Mandate after the Ottoman empire. Tyring to make it a country, especially to get control of all the oil (I mean you, Cheney), is a crime against every resident of all three. The current Iraqi government wants to be friends with Iran. Fine with me.

As for the poor, criticized military, I personally believe that any American who fought in Vietnam is a war criminal. It was an illegal war fought for unconstitutional reasons and completely unjustified. Vietnam vets are accessories to mass murder.

nanook5
nanook5

you're catching on...

Curious
Curious

Soooo...radical Islam had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11? Just curious as to your opinions and reasoning, fellow commentators.(P.s. - to save off topic responses, let's assume every single one of the ad-hominem attacks against Mr. West are true and therefore do not need to be repeated. I'm asking about the veracity of the man's statement or sentiments, not the man himself)

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

You must mean the half- or quarter-veracities. At best, the man engages in flaming half-truths. Most of the time he's somewhere between one-fourth and one-third truthful (factually accurate). His ignorance of history is truly chasimous.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Curious, the problem is that a) most readers of the new times are clueless about radical Islam, and b) they believe either Bush/Cheney or Israel perpetrated 9/11.

And, they are in denial, wanting to ignore the fact that a significant portion of the Islamic world wants them dead.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

And you Sir, are completely clueless as to what happened on 9/11 and what is happening --right now--on the ground in Israel.

500,000 Israelis (a huge number)  were out in the street the other day asking for that rightwing lukudist lunatic, Bibi  to step down because they too are sick of all the fearmongering and want to know why their standard of living is dropping precipitously in a nation that runs a surplus every year and receives an annual "gift" of 3 billion dollars from the U.S. Taxpayers.

 And of course, it is because the ziofascists are consumed with militarism and acquiring more land and resources, none of which belongs to them. They should instead worry about the economic condition of their own citizens.

Bibi gets a cold reception when he speaks in front of the Israeli Knesset, and practically gets blown by all of the AIPAC shills in the US Congress. The world has turned upside down.

It is time to broaden your horizons and educate yourself, "Marksman".  And by the way, take your rightwing AIPAC friends and go back to your country, which we all know is not the United States.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

Well, I'm a 10th-generation American, and after reading the moslem *un*holy book and following the tallies of daily terror commited in the name of said ideology, not to mention the daily calls for the extermination of the Jews, who are the original inhabitants of *Israel* and who were kicked off their land by every king and potentate that came along, I am glad that Bibi takes all the threats seriously and Israel is armed to the hilt.  It is their only chance of survival.  10 million or so Jews in the world and they have given human progress so much!  Has there ever even been a moslem recipient of a Nobel prize, or do they all just follow Komenini's advice not to study science or its laws, but only their hate book? 

I think you need to broaden your horizons and educate yourself Virgil or just convert to mohammudism and your ignorance will be celebrated!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Joshua: It was reported in the Israeli press, which happens to be part of my daily "intelligence" material. (Open Source)

A sideshow, my ass. Bibi is in political trouble again because the intelligent people of Israel are awakening to his fascist fearmongering and his failure to represent the working class.

Joshua
Joshua

What a load of crap.  500,000?  You just made that number up.  The far left has been pushing this class warfare crap for months, hyping this "protest" and trying to make it out to be a huge event.  This was a side show and most Israelis ignored it.  Try again.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Let's just say you would be hanging your head in shame, along with the rest of us. Stop pretending you understand what is happening. That ziofascist propaganda you absorb is bad for your brain.

And it is bad for the cause of Jews worldwide.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Tell me happened on 9/11. Was Bibi part of the plot? Go ahead tell us.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

There are about 1.5 billion Muslims in the world today. We're supposed to believe they're all fanatical terrorists? Are all Christians abortion clinic bombers and assassins of abortion providers?

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Nope. A minority are dangerous. West has never said otherwise.

nanook5
nanook5

no, most of the bnt readers are sick of you idiots wasting our time. no one here ever has or ever will pretend that there is no such thing as an islamic terrorist. but we are not, and never have been, at war with radical islam.

the most obvious reason for this is that the american government does not have the power, nor the right, to go to war with an ideology, and when it tries it just creates millions more enemies,

it also, in the meantime, demonizes & distances moderate muslims, who, far from being a giant, millienia old conspiracy to overthrow western civilization, are the one and only people who can cure islamic extremism, just as it takes other american christians to call out the christian zionist extremists in our midst, who endorse terrorism every motherfucking day and expect us to put up with. you're just as bad as islamic terrorists and fuck you both...good day.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Stalinist ilk.  Operative...

This dude is right out of a Tom Clancy novel.

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Nanook finally admits his dictatorial personality: he is allowed to acknowledge radical Islam, because he is among the enlightened elites who can tell the difference between "the good ones" and the "bad ones."

The rest of us are just not worthy of free thought, so nanook and his dictatorial statist ilk insist that none of us ever associate terrorism with Islam.

And the f-bombs sooo persuade me to annoint him as the thought police.

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Actually..

Most of us would prefer if you would just shut the fuck up.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

I think he's the only one here who shows any sign of intelligence, and I for one like his demeanor.  Can't say the same for you. 

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

West will  not be happy until we are at war with everyone that is not us.  All he wants is blood to be spilled, and does not care about the cost.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

You are sadly mistaken.  West will end up saving more lives by being a hawk, than any community organizer will by being an appeaser.  Appeasement does not work.  We've been down that road before.  I for one will never submit. 

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Actually you proved my point.  Nuke Mecca?  You DO realize that not all muslims are al Quedah right?  Most of em are just regular people living their lives.  Just like not all christians are KKK or right wing nut jobs.

Chaz's Momma
Chaz's Momma

All the KKK people are the Left Wing Democrats - That's proven fact - The KKK was started, run and funded by Democrats. 

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Umm, I hate to tell you, not everywhere is America.  And we dont exactly have freedom of religion here either.  If your not christian you are CONSTANTLY harangued, insulted, and made to feel uncomfortable.  Ask the pagans, or athiests.  And you obvious blind hatred of muslims.  Or even mormons.From y our own words, you would have them killed on sight.  And have you even thought about it just a little bit, but maybe other countries are more than a little ticked about people coming in to try to change them.  Christians did this to Indians and other places.  Africa is now saddled with christian insanity, where they accuse people of witchcraft and kill or toss them out as outcasts.  By the way, some of these people?   They are kids.  And the whole killing anyone gay all came from fundamentalist CHRISTIANS!

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

If you call people who warship the dictates of a lying, thieving, raping, murdering, child-fking psychopath "just regular people" then you are naive.  I will concede that there is NO religious freedom in moslem countries, and that apostasy is an automatic death punishment.  So there is little chance that anyone in these countries will try to denounce the supremacist, totalitarian, political ideology. 

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

And radical Islamists will not rest until everyone not like them is killed, and as their premeditated attacks on civilians show, they don't care about the cost.

Classic case of denial portrayed by your ignorant misstatement of West's position.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

How much have you profited from the wars, "marksman"?

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

We  have all profited from wars.  That's just a fact, Jack.  I am grateful that the US and Russia had backbone back in the day, cause too many of us these days think peace comes through appeasement. 

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

I am not afraid.  Al Qaeda spent a half a million dollars to execute the events of 9/11.  It is estimated that the US spent 3.3 TRILLION dollars in response.  That's 3,300 billion dollars or 3,300,000 million dollars.  We spent $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent.  Enough is enough.

Mary Lamb
Mary Lamb

I'll agree with this too.  We should just nuke mecca and tell them how it's going to be.  Problem solved. 

Jewish Marksman
Jewish Marksman

Agreed that the war on terror has been poorly prosecuted.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Damn man, can you cut out all your fear mongering?  You and West just need to get a room.

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