Saturday, September 30, 2006

Istanbul(Not Constantinople)A multi-name City

Tiny toons version

Constantinople's change of name was the theme for a song made famous by The Four Lads and later covered by They Might Be Giants and many others entitled Istanbul (Not Constantinople).

Istanbul was Constantinople-Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople-Been a long time gone, Constantinople-Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night-Every gal in Constantinople Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople-So if you've a date in Constantinople.She'll be waiting in Istanbul-Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.Why they changed it I can't say-People just liked it better that way-So take me back to Constantinople-No, you can't go back to Constantinople-Been a long time gone, Constantinople.Why did Constantinople get the works?-That's nobody's business but the Turks...Even old New York was once New Amsterdam-Why they changed it I can't say.People just liked it better that way-Istanbul was Constantinople.Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople-Been a long time gone, Constantinople.Why did Constantinople get the works?-That's nobody's business but the Turks.So take me back to Constantinople-No, you can't go back to Constantinople.Been a long time gone, Constantinople-Why did Constantinople get the works?That's nobody's business but the Turks.

Εtymology of Istanbul name

In the 13th century Arabs used the appellation Istinpolin, a “name” they heard Byzantines use—eis ten polin—which, in reality, was a Greek phrase that meant “in the city.” Through a series of speech permutations over a span of centuries, this name became Istanbul. Until the Turkish Post Office officially changed the name in 1930.Similar examples of modern Turkish placenames derived from Greek in this fashion are İzmit, earlier İznikmit, from Greek Nicomedia, İznik from Greek Nicaea ([iz nikea]and İstanköy for the Greek island Kos (from is tin Ko)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Who was Manuel II Paleologos and why so violent reactions?

Historical background concerning Manuel II Palaeologus

In his conference in Regensburg University, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a statement of a Dialogue of Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus with a Muslim, and this statement is in the focus of a polemics. The Pope said that he did not adopt the statement he quoted, therefore everybody agrees now in rejecting that the Pope who has responsibility for this this "medieval text of a by-gone age." Now, it is Manuel II who appears as the "naughty boy" of the story.

I am puzzled that in a controversy which concerns a Byzantine Emperor, nobody asked the advice of byzantinists. I happen to know about Manuel II and to have studied this text. For that reason, I believe it is my duty to bring some details to the attention of the public, because in the media, everyone has said just about anything about this text and about Manuel II. For example, somebody said, on the France Culture, channel that he used to burst the eyes of his prisoners. In fact, seven centuries separate Manuel II and Basil II, the emperor who, indeed, burst the eyes of his prisoners.

Context of the quotation
The controversial statement ("Show me that Mohammed brought anything new: you will find nothing, but bad and inhuman, for instance what he states by ordering his faith to be imposed by sword") is taken from the 7th chapter of a book which is composed of 26 chapters.

This 7th book was edited in 1966 by Th. Khoury in Sources Chretiennes 115, and, it seems, it is from this edition that Pope took this statement, since he quotes Th. Khoury. The entire Greek text was edited by E. Trapp in 1966 in the Wiener Byzantinische Studien. A revised edition is being done by K. Forstel in the le Corpus islamo-christianum, series graeca. A German translation of chapters 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 has been published by R. Senoner in 2003 in Wien.

Context of the discussion

According to a treaty between his father John V Paleologus and the Sultan Bayezid, who had helped him against his rebel grandson, Manuel II has to serve as a vassal in the army of Bayezid. During a campaign in Asia Minor against the Mongols (1391), he held a discussion, as sharp as peaceful, with an ulema of Ankara, with whom he is staying. Some years after, while Bayezid was besieging Constantinople, Manuel wrote this discussion. The title was : "Dialogue of Emperor Manuel with a Persian" ("Persian", in the Byzantine language of this time, meant Turk, to remind people of the ancient conflict between Greeks and Persians).

Contrary to many treatises of anti-Muslim polemics, which we find in Western Christendom as well as in the Byzantine Empire, this text is the written record of a discussion that really took place. Manuel presents his Muslim partner in a positive way, as an host respectful and curious to know the religion of his host. The discussion is as cordial as frank, since neither of the two hesitates to expose what he doesn't like in the religion of the other. The relations between both men are not altered by it. This text is one of the first interreligious dialogues, where each people displays his own truth and looks for dialogue without disavowing anything of what he believes.

The editor, Th. Khoury, writes in his introduction: "The immoderate expressions, relatively rare, which we can read in the text come mostly from the liberties that Manuel took when finally writing his text". The fact that Bayezid was besieging Constantinople when Manuel was writing can explain the hardening of his language.

Violence and Faith

Returning to the quotation, and the issue of violence and faith. Benedict XVI quotes a statement of the 7th Controversy, which concerns Jihad. It is a classical theme of the polemics between Byzantines and muslims. We find it from the first centuries of the arab conquest.

This theme gained importance after the Crusades. At the time of Manuel, when Byzantines objected to the idea of a holy war, they have as a line of sight, in the same time, Muslim Jihad and western crusade. It is an aspect of Byantine mentality that we should never forget, especially at the end of the Empire. By opposing Islam on that point, a Byzantine has always in his mind the trauma of 4th Crusade and all theexpeditions when they saw Christian soldiers with a cross on their dresses and handling a sword on the name of Christ.

We see that this statement, when put into its context, gains a meaning different from the one the media give it.

Byzantiniste Marie Helene Congourdeau

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Byzantine 2006 - Putting Quotes Back In Context

Daily Show on the Popes Comments and Muslim Response

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kill the Messenger!(Σιμπέλ Éντμοντς,μια Τουρκάλα τινάζει το FBI)

Details about the Trailer-Movie "Kill the Messenger"

The film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities(Turkish deepState gate) in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure that the secrecy surrounding Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost – from Edmonds’ termination from the FBI, to invoking the State Secrets Privilege, to gagging the US Congress. "

Also, Sibel's case takes place in the context of geopolitics dating back to the 1980’s and the Afghan jihad against the Soviets and the U.S military and political support of Pakistan to help the Afghan mujahideens. At the time Pakistan, an Islamic country, wanted to have the ultimate weapon - the nuclear bomb. Thanks to David Albright's expertise, we also show that the Turks have been helping the Pakistani nuclear program since the very beginning. AQ Khan’s efforts were made possible because of the U.S, but also because of Turkey. At the time Israel also willing to help Pakistan, not for its nuclear program but for in terms of supplying weapons to the anti-Soviet jihad. That’s when the Triangle U.S-Turkey-Israel started taking off the ground.

Illicit Trafficking,in Southern Tier and Turkey since 1999


.. Tyranny comes in the form of the state secrets privilege, a foolproof mechanism of the federal government to hide executive branch corruption, incompetence, and illegal activity. This is a practice more at home with Czars and nabobs, and should have no place in the United States. But Edmonds gave the government something it never expected – a no holds barred battle. She hoisted the black flag and went on the attack by forming the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, an organization dedicated to changing the law, exposing government misdeeds, and giving hell to those who richly deserve it. This film will forever change the way you view the United States government and will give you an insight into what True Patriotism, not Wal-Mart patriotism, looks like.” "...

...In other words, as long as someone wants to buy weapons, the neocons are happy to sell. The more the merrier. If you happen to get in the way of this lucrative business like Valerie Plame, Sibel Edmonds, or Richard Barlow (and probably many others) then you'll be silenced, or worse....

...To make matters worse, when they impose arms embargoes, such as the embargo on Pakistan, they create an opportunity to make even more money - because a) they can charge even higher prices to deliver the product illegally, and b) when the embargo is lifted, the embargoed country has to play catch-up and spend even more money on buying military equipment....

...Oh, and for good measure, it appears that they also place spies/moles in the FBI and nuclear labs and visa-giving-embassies and so on to lubricate the system. Money makes the world go round, and illegal weapons sales has a nice profit margin - as high as drug trafficking. Nice work, if you can get it. If you can sleep at night....

(((Source:Kill the Messenger-blog by Lukery-(Free comments)

(((Another video-interview of Sibel Edmonds

Friday, September 22, 2006

Global Reactions to 9/11 and WhistleBlowers

In these 3 videos "The Arab and Iranian reaction to 9/11" by Memri TV it is documented on middle east medias that the Muslims cheered when the Twins collapsed and they also believe in Conspiracy theories!!!!!Although the numbers of such opinions may be higher among the muslims,here are reactions from non-muslim Attack Sympathizers(USA-Canada-France-Eurabia-China-Venezuela-
Black powerists etc)- China censored anti-US reactions - Serbian rection to 9/11.Secondly if the third of Americans suspect Conspiracy Theories,what do you expect from the Muslims to do?(On the fifth anniversary do we really know?) 9/11 Truth Movement )) "It is good that Americans have been taught a lesson"? (The Michael Moor Effect) A dialog between an American and a Turk.

And if a Japanese watches the Carlos Mencia A-Bomb show,what do you expect him to say?

Path to 9/11 Censored parts on-line!!(6 Youtube-Videos)(The pre-edit version the Democrats DON'T want you to see) by The miniseries portrays the sequence of events leading to the Al Qaeda attack on the United States, starting from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing(Wiki-Path to 9/11) it portrays the Clinton administration as extremely lax in its attention to the threat of al-Qaeda, even portraying it as passing up several opportunities to capture or kill Osama bin Laden))))

Full preview of the movie

At least three real-life figures portrayed in the movie (Richard Clarke, Madeleine Albright and Sandy Berger) have raised factual objections. Former President Clinton has asked ABC to make major changes or pull the film. ABC, and an adviser to the series -- former Gov. Thomas Kean, co-chair of the 9/11 Commission -- have said it is balanced and objective,a docudrama, not literal truth.

Bob Kerry warns ABC:He said that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had committeed misteps, said that a miniseries on 9/11 risked "feeding people's distrust" and called on ABC to "be careful" and "respectful" of what happened leading up to 9/11.

But Why always talking about Conspiracy theories and not about the Whistleblowers of 9/11?(Ο Σφυρίχτρας, να το πούμε στα Ελληνικά;..άλλη μια λέξη που δεν διαθέτει η "πλούσια" ελληνική γλώσσα..)


is a former federal prosecutor who obtained the first conviction of a defendant in a terrorism case post-9/11. After Convertino testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in September 2003 about the lack of Bush Administration support of anti-terrorism prosecutions post-9/11, Convertino alleges the Justice Department leaked information and violated a court order to publicly smear him in retaliation for his whistleblowing. Additionally, the Justice Department indicted Convertino for obstruction of justice and lying, which Convertino alleges is further whistleblower retaliation


of the FBI, who later outlined the agency's slow action prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. She was selected as Time's People of the Year in 2002.


- a former FBI translator naturalized American citizen of Turkish descent, who was fired in 2002 by the FBI for attempting to report coverups of security issues, potential espionage, and incompetence. She has been gagged by the State Secrets Privilege in her efforts to go to court on these issues, including a rejection recently by the United States Supreme Court to hear her case without comment. She is now founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) that is looking to lobby congress and help other whistleblowers with legal and other forms of assistance.


- Chemist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, was the FBI Laboratory's foremost expert on explosives residue in the 1990's, and became the first modern-day FBI whistleblower. He reported lack of scientific standards and serious flaws in the FBI Lab, including in the first World Trade Center bombing cases and the Oklahoma City bombing case. Dr. Whitehurst's whistleblower disclosures triggered an overhaul of the FBI's crime lab following a report by the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General in 1997. Dr. Whitehust filed a federal lawsuit claiming whistleblower retaliation, and he reached a settlement with the FBI worth more than $1.16 million. Whitehurst now directs the FBI Oversight Project of the National Whistleblower Center


The revelations are shocking. COLEEN ROWLEY, FBI agent, tells of how the FBI did not let her search the computer of the 20th hijacker who had been arrested a month prior to the attacks for wanting to learn how to fly an aircraft, but not how to land it!! Mohamed Atta, considered the head of the 19 kamikazes, had received 100 thousand dollars from the chief of the Pakistani secret services, who was in Washington on the day of the attacks and had meetings with Colin Powell and former CIA chief, George Tenet. The CIA had warned the American president from the first days of august 2001 that Al Qaeda was preparing to strike in the US.

The case of FBI translator, SIBEL EDMONDS is also revelational: she discovered that the evidence and interceptions that the FBI had before September 11th, were consciously not translated. Based on this information, the government should have sounded the alarm in the spring of 2001. Despite the threats she received from superiors, Edmonds requested an investigation of the case and in result was fired from the FBI. Due to an intervention by the Secretary of Justice, all this information is today considered classified and the courts want to prohibit Edmonds from referring to the case.

The secret of September 11th, as she tells us on the program, seems to be lost in translation...




1.Serbia!Armed Cooperation with USA!

2.Mubarak's Son proposes nuclear programm for Egypt

3.Chavez calls Bush Devil again and offers oil to poor people of Harlem

4."We 'll bomb you to stone age if you do not c0-operate with us "US told Pakistan

5.Halliburton to wounded employee in Iraq:You 'll get a Medal if you don't sue 's tough being American these days(Ovi Magazine)

7.US Forces 18 months already in Iran? by Hellenic Reporter

8.Ted Turner condemns Iraq War and proposes the women to get the power

Ted Turner called it a "joke" that Bush demanded that Iran abandon any ambitions for nuclear weapons while at the same time hoping to ban all such bombs."They're a sovereign state," Turner said of Iran. "We have 28,000. Why can't they have 10? We don't say anything about Israel -- they've got 100 of them approximately -- or India or Pakistan or Russia. And really, nobody should have them.


One way to reduce such dangers in the world would be to leave women in charge, said the former husband of Jane Fonda.

"Men should be barred from public office for 100 years in every part of the world. ... It would be a much kinder, gentler, more intelligently run world. The men have had millions of years where we've been running things. We've screwed it up hopelessly. Let's give it to the women

Monday, September 18, 2006

ICW-Διεθνής Tζιτζικολατρία(International Cicada Worship)

(Makarízomen se Tettix...We deem you blest Cicada,among the tree-tops being,drunk with a little dew,you sing just like a King.For yours are all in the fields you look upon and fruits brought by forests.Countrymen spare you,being no cause of damage,dear to mortals you are.Sweet prophet of Summer.Muses loves you well,and Apollo himself too,who gave you shrilling voice.Old Age cannot wear you,oh! wise,earthborn,song-lover! without passions and blood in the flesh.A god-like creature virtually

Mακαρίζομεν σε Τέττιξ,ότε δενδρέων επ' άκρων ολίγην δρόσον πεπωκώς,βασιλεύς όπως αείδεις,σά γαρ έστι κείνα πάντα,οπόσα βλέπεις εν αγροίς,οπόσα τρέφουσιν ύλαι.Σύ δε φίλος γεωργών,από μηδενός τι βλάπτων.Σύ δε τίμιος βροτοίσι,θέρεος γλυκύς προφήτης.Φιλέουσι μεν σε Μούσαι,φιλέει δε Φοίβος αυτός,λιγυρήν δ' έδωκεν οίμην.Το δε γήρας ού σε τείρει.Σοφέ,γηγενής,φίλυμνε,απαθής,αναιμόσαρκε,σχεδόν εί θεός όμοιος(Ανακρεόντειο)-Listen to poem recited by Robert de Brose in greek meter and erasmian prounounciation(Mp3)

Τζίτζικα ευτυχισμένε,να χαμε την ευλογία σου,όταν στων δέντρων τα κλαδιά,έχοντας πιεί λίγη δροσιά,σαν βασιλιάς τραγουδάς.Δικά σου βρε ειν' όλα,όσα βλέπεις στους αγρούς,όσα τρέφουσιν ύλαι.Σ' αγαπούν οι αγρότες,κανένα δεν βλάπτεις,σε τιμούν οι θνητοί,του καλοκαιριού γλυκέ προφήτη.Σ' αγαπούν οι μούσες,σε αγαπά βρε ο ίδιος ο Απόλλων,σου δωκε φωνή καμπάνα.Τα γερατιά δεν σε αγγίζουν.Σοφέ,γεννημένε στη γη,τραγουδιάρη,χωρίς πάθη και αίμα στη σάρκα.Είσαι ένας μικρός θεός(Modern Greek-Εργοτελίνα)

Τi benediciamo Cicala,quando sei nei rami degli alberi,bevuto una poca rugiada canti come un Re,Tutto che vedi appartiene a te,Che vedi in campi,Che boschi cibano.Amico dei campagnoli,non importuni nessuno,i mortali ti venerano,dolce profeta di estate ti amano le Muse,ti ama anche Appolo stesso,ti ha dato la voce forte,la vecchiezza non ti tange.Saggio,nato nel erde,Cantatore !senza passioni,senza sangue nel carne, sei un dio piccolo(Italiano-Ergotelina)

Te bendecimos cigarra,cuando estás en las ramas de los árboles,bebido un poco de rocío,cantas como un rey,todo lo que ves en los campos te pertenece,todo lo que bosques crían.Amiga de los campesinos,no importunas a nadie,los mortales te veneran,dulce profeta del verano.Las musas te aman,tambien Apolo mismo te ama.Él te ha dado la voz fuerte,la vejez no te toca.Sabia,nacida en tierra,sin pasiones,sin sangre en tu carne,eres un pequeño dios(Español-Ergotelina)

Venturosa te llamamos oh!Cigarra,pues sobre la copa de los arboles,habiendo bebido poco de rocio cantas,cantas como un rey, porque son tuyos los primeros brotes.Cuantos en los campos ves,y cuanto las estaciones producen,cantas como un rey.Tu eres el amor de los campesinos,que no haces daño a nada,por los mortales apreciada,dulce profeta del verano.Te aman a ti las Musas y te ama el mismo Apollo,la vejez te conserva bien2...te dio un canto melodioso,la vejez bien te conserva,sabia,hija de la tierra,del canto amiga,impasible,cuerpo libre de sangre casi eres a los dioses semejante....(Listen to Patricio Anabalón Cicada song)(Mademoiselle P me ayudó en los versos,Gracias)Who is Patricio?(Patricio Anabalon sings Cavafy in spanish)

Nós Te bendizemos Cigarra,quando es nas filiais das árvores,bebido pouco orvalho,canta como um rei,tudo que vês pertence a te,que vês nos campos,que florestas alimentação,Amigo dos fazendeiros,não importunas nenhum,doce profeta do verão,As Musas te aman,te ama também o mesmo Apolo.Ele te deu á voz forte.Velhice não te toca.Sábio nascido na terra sem paixões sem sangue na carne é um deus pequeno(Portugês-Ergotelina)

Heurese cigale sur la cime des arbres tu bois un peé de roseé et tu chantes comme la reine de la lyre.Toutes les belles choses que tu regardes dans les champs sont à tous,tout ce que produisent les saisons t' appartient.Tu es aimée du laboureurs,car tu ne fais de mal a personne.Tu es honorée des mortels,agréable messagère de l' été.Tu es chère aux Muses tu es chère à Apollon lui-même il t' a donné une voix harmonieuse.La vieillesse ne t' accable point.Sage enfant de la terre,amante des chants joyeux,exempte de maux,n' ayant ni chair ni sang,tu es semblable aux dieux(Français-Ernest Falconnet)

Selig bist du,liebe Kleine,die auf der Baume Zweigen,von geringem Trank begeistert,Singend,wie ein Konig lebest!Dir gehort eigen Alles,was du auf den Feldern siehest,Alles,was die Stunden bringen;Lebest unter Ackersleuten,Ihre Freundin,unbeschadigt,du den sterblichen Verehrte,Sussen Fruhlings susser Bote!Ja,dich lieben alle Musen,Phobus selber muss dich lieben,Gaben dir die Silberstimme;Dich ergreifet nie das Alter,Weise,zarte,Dichterfreundin,ohne Fleisch und Blut Geborne,Leidenlose Erdentochter,Fast den Gottern zu vergleichen(Deutsch-Goethe)

Vi välsigna dig Cikada.När du er på den toppar om träden.Har berusad lite dagg.Du sjunga lik en Kung.Allting du se om fälten och skogar tillhöra dig.Van om bönder.Du skada ingen.Du söt Profetisk om Sommar.Muserna älska dig.Även Apollo sig själv älska dig.Han gav dig den stark röst.Gammal åldern inte röra dig,vis jordboren,sjunger utan passioner och blod inne om kott.Du är en liten Gud(Svensk-Ergotelina)

Tiedämme, että olet kuninkaallisesti siunattu,Cicada, kun puidenlatvojen joukossa.Siemailet hieman kastetta ja laulat lauluasi;Sillä sinun on joka ikinen asia.Jota tutkiskelet peltojen keskellä.Ja kaikki, mitä puut tuottavat.Maanviljelijän jatkuva seura,Et tuhoa mitään heidän omaansa;Kaikki ihmiset kunnioittavat sinua.Kesän sulosointuisena profeettana.Muusat rakastavat sinua, ja myös Apollo,Joka antoi sinulle lahjaksi korkeaäänisen laulun.Vanha ikä ei tee mitään, mikä voi sinua kuluttaa,Maan viisas ja lauluun ihastunut poika;Sinä et kärsi, lihaton ja veretön—Jumalanlainen olento,lähes(Suomi-OVI Magazine)

Insallah! imreniyorum sana Ağustos böceği,olurken dallarda agaçlarin,içirken biraz serinliği,sen Kral gibi,şarkı soyleniyorsun,her şey sen görüyorsun tarlada ormanlarda,bütün sana ait oluyor.Arkadaş çiftçilerin,zarar vermiyorsun hiç kimseni.Faniler sana tapiyorlar tatlı yalvaç,haberci yazin.Müzler seni seviyorlar.Apollo halen kendisi o verdi sana guçlü,tatlı sesi.Ihtiyarlık.Seni değimiyor,bilge,yerinde doğmus,şarkici,tutkusuz ve kansız etinde.Sen kuçuk Tanrın(Türkçe-Ergotelina)

Gjinkallë e lumtur, të kishim bekimn tënd, kur në degët e pemëve, pasi ke pirë pak freski, këndon si mbret. Të tuat janë pra, të gjitha ç’sheh nëpër ara, të gjitha ç’ka ushqehen prej andej. Të duan bujqit, askënd nuk dëmton, të respektojnë njerëzit e thjeshtë, profet i ëmbël i Verës. Të duan muzat, të do vetë Apolloni, që të dha zë si të kambanës.Pleqëria, nuk të prek. I mënçur, i lindur mbi tokë, këngëtar, pa pasione dhe gjak në lëkurë. Je, një zot i vogël.(Shqip-N.Ago)


1.(Ergo-collaboration).The Collages "Cicada Elvis"and "Luciano Cicada",an Ergo-Idea photoshoped by Thanos(Ovi).The others from Bonaroo Rock Music Festival in Manchester Tennessee US.2.Mε Αφορμή το φιλοξενούμενο post του Tάκη Αλεβάντη στο γατόσπιτο του Νίκου Δήμου)))):Τζίτζικα Επαινος και Τρεις Μύθοι περί Τέττιγος 3.Ηώς και Τιθωνός-Μια Ατυχής Σχεση απο τον Περαστικό4.CicadaMania(Video-Sound-Photos)5.Tettigologist
(Magicicadaspecialist) in Larry King show 6.Cicada Eating Hard Rock Video 7.Cicada being reborn 8."Cicadas story" by Charles Rammelkamp((Thank you Cicada for your Song,Sleep under ground,Go South,we 're waiting you for the next Summer.(Any translation is welcome)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Welcome to New York by Andy White and Woody Allen

Raise The Towers
Raise the towers
in your mind
build them up
Wind back the tape
for the dust
will bind them together
the people
will be sucked up from the street
and glass
will enclose them once again
Raise the towers
in your mind
build them up
wind back the tape
so that the tower
soaks up the fire
spits out the plane
and the clock
turns morning
back into night
Raise the towers
so the people within the towers
can live in the space you create
out of the rubble
and ash
Manhattan 911
We are no longer
a paperless society
since the paper covers the streets
of lower Manhattan
we are no longer
a non smoking society
since the dust and the smoke
has clouded our lungs
for lower manhattan
is in our living room
and our living room
is lower manhattan
and we stand
here at ground zero
and we sleep
close to the fire
and we fear
what lies outside the window
for today I am you
and you are me
and baby
we don't want this
to get much higher

Woody Allen made his first ever appearance at this year's Oscar ceremony to present a tribute to films shot in New York City, in the wake of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.74th Academy Awards-24 March 2002 )))))

Friday, September 08, 2006

Apology for 9/11-FMCAT-Muslims against Terrorism))))

We are so Sorry for 9-11

September 11, 2004

By Kamal Nawash

This September 11 marks the third unforgettable anniversary of the worst mass murder in American history.

After September 11 attacks, many in the Muslim world chose denial and hallucination rather than face up to the sad fact that Muslims perpetrated the 9-11 terrorist acts and that we have an enormous problem with extremism and support for terrorism. Many Muslims, including religious leaders, and intellectuals blamed 9-11 on a Jewish conspiracy and went as far as fabricating a tale that 4000 Jews did not show up for work in the World Trade Center on 9-11. Yet others blamed 9-11 on an American right wing conspiracy or the U.S. Government which allegedly wanted an excuse to invade Iraq and steal Iraqi oil.

After numerous admissions of guilt by Bin Laden and numerous corroborating admissions by captured top level Al-Qaida operatives, we wonder, does the Muslim leadership have the dignity and courage to apologize for 9-11? If not 9-11, will we apologize for the murder of school children in Russia? If not Russia, will we apologize for the train bombings in Madrid, Spain? If not Spain, will we apologize for suicide bombings in buses, restaurants and other public places? If not suicide bombings, will we apologize for the barbaric beheadings of human beings? If not beheadings, will we apologize for the rape and murder of thousands of innocent people in Darfour? If not Darfour, will we apologize for the blowing up of two Russian planes by Muslim women? What will we apologize for? What will it take for Muslims to realize that those who commit mass murder in the name of Islam are not just a few fringe elements? What will it take for Muslims to realize that we are facing a crisis that is more deadly than the Aids epidemic? What will it take for Muslims to realize that there is a large evil movement that is turning what was a peaceful religion into a cult?

Will Muslims wake up before it is too late? Or will we continue blaming the Jews and an imaginary Jewish conspiracy? The blaming of all Muslim problems on Jews is a cancer that is destroying Muslim society from within and it must stop.

Muslims must look inward and put a stop to many of our religious leaders who spend most of their sermons teaching hatred, intolerance and violent jihad. We should not be afraid to admit that as Muslims we have a problem with violent extremism. We should not be afraid to admit that so many of our religious leaders belong behind bars and not behind a pulpit. Only moderate Muslims can challenge and defeat extremist Muslims. We can no longer afford to be silent. If we remain silent to the extremism within our community then we should not expect anyone to listen to us when we complain of stereotyping and discrimination by non-Muslims; we should not be surprised when the world treats all of us as terrorists; we should not be surprised when we are profiled at airports. Simply put, not only do Muslims need to join the war against terror, we need to take the lead in this war.

As to apologizing, we will no longer wait for our religious leaders and intellectuals to do the right thing. Instead, we will start by apologizing for 9-11. We are so sorry that 3000 people were murdered in our name. We will never forget the sight of people jumping from two of the highest buildings in the world hoping against hope that if they moved their arms fast enough that they may fly and survive a certain death from burning. We are sorry for blaming 9-11 on a Jewish or right wing conspiracy. We are so sorry for the murder of more than three hundred school children and adults in Russia. We are so sorry for the murder of train passengers in Spain. We are so sorry for all the victims of suicide bombings. We are so sorry for the beheadings, abductions, rapes, violent Jihad and all the atrocities committed by Muslims around the world. We are so sorry for a religious education that raised killers rather than train people to do good in the world. We are sorry that we did not take the time to teach our children tolerance and respect for other people. We are so sorry for not rising up against the dictators who have ruled the Muslim world for decades. We are so sorry for allowing corruption to spread so fast and so deep in the Muslim world that many of our youth lost hope. We are so sorry for allowing our religious leaders to relegate women to the status of forth class citizens at best and sub-humans at worse.


(((((*.."I’m Not Apologizing for Shit I Didn’t Do" by American-muslim Umar Lee

"What do the people who worked in those two (World Trade Center) towers, along with thousands of employees, women and men, have to do with war that is taking place in the Middle East? Or the war that Mr. George Bush may wage on people in the Islamic world?" he asked me. "Therefore we condemned this act - and any similar act we condemn."HASSAN NASRALLAH"(Inside the Mind of Hezbollah)

((Christian Apology for the Crusades and the Legacy of Hatred))But when have Christians demonstrated this love to Muslims or Jews? We have gone to them with swords and guns. We have gone to them with racism and hatred. We have gone to them with feelings of cultural superiority and economic domination. We have gone to them with colonialism and exploitation. We have even gone to them with the Gospel cloaked in arguments of superiority. Only a few have ever gone with the message of Calvary...We must do more than carry the message, we must be the message(Reconciliation Walk)

Questions about 9/11
What Were The Causes?by Peter Bergen
Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 Controversy
The six key Lessons of September eleventh
Interesting Articles on the attacks of 9/11
Contrast Photos by Hellenic Reporter
Oriana Falacci "The Rage and the Pride"La Rabbia e l' Orgoglio"
Δυο κείμενα για την 11η Σεπτεμβρίου απο τον Νίκο Δημου
Οι Ηπα μετά το τρομοκρατικó χτύπημα του Πάσχου Μανδραβέλη
Είμαστε όλοι Στόχοι(e-rooster)
Θεωρίες Συνωμοσίας και αναπάντητα ερωτήματα
Xαμένοι στη μετάφραση-Πρόσχημα για πόλεμο-
Εκλογές μεσα στον πόλεμο-Ρεπορτάζ χωρίς Σύνορα
Sibel Dinez Edmonds Whistleblower Case
"World Trade center" film by Oliver Stone
"United 93"film about the crashed plane in Pennsylvania
Sonic Jihad by Paris,Ave Bushani
Sonic Jihad by Paris -What would you do?(song)
Tribute to 9/11.Click here to listen to Songs about 9/11)
Full Coverage 5th Anniversary by Yahoo News
Τhey 've hijacked my religion(Cat Stevens)
Hating Bin Laden by Thanos Kalamidas-Ovi-Magazine
Imagine the Twin Towers Hadn't Fallen on 9/11(Tom Engelhardt)
*Good Evening my fellow Americans*(a speach that Bush could give to the Nation*)

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