Times Square, NY: A Muslim Saved Lives, But You Won’t Hear It On US Media
One Muslim tried to bomb Times Square. But another Muslim, from Senegal, is the hero who averted a disaster by his quick action. Isn’t that news? It is. But you won't hear it in the US media because the organized demonization campaign by vested interests in Washington seeks to convince US public opinion that US should launch and expand a war inside Pakistan. This is a comment by an American-Indian community leader.
By ENVER MASUD
Tuesday, 4 May 2010.
The Wisdom Fund.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The name of the alleged perpetrator of the New York, Times Square bombing plot had barely hit the news headlines, when Muslim "leaders" began mouthing the usual platitudes.
"Muslims Welcome Arrest in Times Square Bomb Plot' -- from the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
"MPAC Commends Law Enforcement's Swift Action to Apprehend Suspected Times Square Plotter" -- from the Washington based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
"ISNA Commends Efforts of Law Enforcement, Condemns Attempted Bombing at Times Square, and Lauds Alert Citizens" -- from the Plainfield, Indiana based Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Assuming that the alleged perpetrator, Faisal Shahzad, 30 -- who was taken into custody at Kennedy Airport on board an Emirates flight to Dubai -- is guilty, did Muslim "community leaders" stop to ask, "Why"?
Apparently not, and neither did the news media, despite nonstop coverage of the event for several days.
Assuming that Shahzad is guilty as charged:
Was the preemptive war on Iraq to find nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, where well over one million Muslims have been killed by US forces, a factor in why Shahzad made the crude attempt to blow up his rigged van?
Was the unlawful war on Afghanistan (it was not authorized by the UN Security Council, and to this day the US FBI has not charged Bin Laden with the September 11, 2001 attack on the US), where countless more Muslims have been killed, a factor?
Was the undeclared, unlawful, but very obvious war on Pakistan, where hundreds of Muslims have been killed by drones and US special forces, a factor?
Muslim leaders, never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity, failed to ask the all important, "why".
The Sunday London Times reported that Aliou Niasse, a street vendor selling framed photographs of New York, saw the "car containing the bomb, which pulled up right in front of his cart on the corner of 45th street and Broadway next to the Marriott hotel. Said Niasse:
“I didn't see the car pull up or notice the driver because I was busy with customers. But when I looked up I saw that smoke appeared to be coming from the car. This would have been around 6.30pm. I thought I should call 911, but my English is not very good and I had no credit left on my phone, so I walked over to Lance, who has the T-shirt stall next to mine, and told him. He said we shouldn't [sic] call 911. Immediately he alerted a police officer nearby. “
Shahzad was charged with "terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction" [sic].
Does this mean that the US will now launch preemptive strikes on states capable of rigging vans to explode?
Aliou Niasse, reportedly a Muslim from Senegal, received little attention in US news media. [See The Man Who First Noticed the Car in Times Square? Senegalese. And Muslim.
So did the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference being held at the United Nations in New York.
Just in case you're wondering, of course we condemn violence, and "terrorism".
Mr. Enver Masud is founder and CEO of The Wisdom Fund (est. 1995), and recipient of the 2002 Gold Award from the Human Rights Foundation for his book The War on Islam. He is also the author of 9/11 Unveiled, and a contributing author of Islam: Opposing Viewpoints and 9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews, and Muslims Speak Out.