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Notwithstanding widespread rumors in the Arab world that the Israeli Mossad was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and that Jews had received “advance warning,” between 300 and 400 Jews were among the nearly 3,000 victims of Al Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Center in New York on this date in 2001. Some 60 Muslims also died in the attack. In the aftermath, the United States of America has wounded itself grievously with costly, unnecessary wars, policies of torture, a loss of civil liberties, a wave of xenophobia, and a general degradation of its reputation and capacities that Osama bin Laden could not possibly have anticipated.

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -– all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’” –Jerry Falwell