Mona Eltahawy writing at the Guardian says she is a Muslim and after Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, took a candle and with another Muslim friend went to Ground Zero. She was shocked to find many gathered outside the planned Ground Zero mosque site, although she said it was an Islamic Center (but it was a Mosque before it was an Islamic Center). She was also shocked to find “hundreds” at Ground Zero, which she termed “hallowed ground” in quotation marks. Eltahawy took umbrage that many of those there were too young to remember much about September 11, 2001 – “an away victory they hadn’t attended.” The “frat party” “sickened” her when they chanted “USA! USA!” Her sensibilities were offended that she also heard the “F” word in relation to OBL. She could find only one other woman holding a candle.
Mona said she came to the U.S. one year before the Towers fell, and she became an American “as of Friday.” In light of that, I note she wanted to stand a quiet vigil for the dead. Perhaps Ms. Eltahawy needs to remember New Yorkers have already stood those solemn vigils – for ten long years. They’ve burned the candle at both ends. They and we are tired and a night of celebration set just the right tone on American sacred hallowed ground.
I wanted to shout on Monday; but this new American instead quietly recited Al Fatiha, the opening chapter of the Qur’an, with “USA, USA USA” as my backdrop. I recited it for the innocent lives taken in NYC, Washington DC, Shanksville in Pennsylvania, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan –
Well, isn’t that inspiring! How comforting for the thousands of family members left behind to grieve, as no Muslim country has really given the U.S. any significant help in tracking down terrorists, especially bin Laden. She wants the “frat boys” to go home (many probably children and grandchildren of the dead) so that we can get on with the noble “revolutions going on in the Middle East and North Africa” – because, they “symbolically killed Bin Laden months ago?” Inane and disingenuous at the least. I assume that means sending more money, more of America’s bravest to die for a people imprisoned by their own holy book.
This sanctimonious woman says dozens are “courageously staring down despots and being slaughtered every day.” That would be the “rebels” who it was lovely to support for a few minutes until you realized that the Koran would dominate, so why bother. Mona, if you want to make your point well, tell us that the despots are Muslim tyrants, gaining their power through Shariah Law and the Koran. Get real about it and maybe you will earn a spot in the Guardian. Stacy McCain got a load of Eltahawy and a certain oath came to mind.