Trump and 9/11: Seen or Unseen, There Are Those Who Want to See America Fall

Trump’s memory may well be wrong on details of what he saw or heard on television news reports over 14 years ago. That is the flaw in Trump’s extemporaneous style. But his larger point, that there are among us people who hate America and want to see it fall, is indisputably true and should remind us to be on our guard at all times against their actions and influence. 

By William R. Hawkins | December 8, 2015


The Mainstream Media seems to believe it has found an issue to discredit Donald Trump as a credible choice for President. The target is Trump’s claim that he saw television news reports where “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheer the fall of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. Some of Trump’s Republican rivals have joined the chorus, yet the charge that Trump made up the story has not taken hold in the way the critics of the billionaire front-runner had hoped. There is a simple reason for this: whether Trump’s memory is perfectly accurate or not, a large number of people “know” what he described did happen to some extent because they have encountered in their own lives individuals who have expressed hatred for the United States and a desire to see the country fall and its citizens suffer.

Some comfort can be found in a poll of Muslim Americans released last summer by the Center for Security Policy that found 64% of respondents disagreed with the statement “Violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the Global Jihad.” Yet, 25% agreed to some extent with the statement (12% “strongly” and 13% “somewhat”). The law of large numbers tells us that even a minority of a significant population can produce enough individuals to pose a danger – or at least cheer when jihadists strike America. The U.S. is not at war with Islam or any large demographic group. But that does not mean there are not members of various groups who think they are at war with us.

The San Bernardino, California shooting is another in a series of “home grown” terrorist acts that shows how fanatics can return love with hate. The Muslim couple killed the very people who had thrown a baby shower for them.

Many with treason in their hearts have only contempt for religion, all religion. College campuses are full of such dissidents, among both faculty and students who have fallen under “anti-imperialist” and other left-wing notions that posit the U.S. as the main source of evil in the world. I spent a fair portion of my early life at universities, as a student then a faculty member. I heard every vile thing imaginable said about America, and saw the flags of our enemies waved during demonstrations and even displayed in offices, while the American flag was burned or otherwise desecrated.

If you plug in “America deserved 9/11” on Google, 483,000 items turn up!

One of the early links is Jason Unruhe’s blog “Maoist Rebel News.” He writes, “Others have asked me why I celebrate 9/11 and think it was a good thing that happened. Why do I mock the people who died and the country that suffered?…they deserved it, and America deserved it. I also have a good reason believing so. America has caused suffering like what happened on 9/11 to countless millions, even hundreds of millions of people. The history of the U.S. has been a history of imperialist mass murder.”

A September 6 New York Post story exposed how “America-hating leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating [students] into believing it’s all our fault, that the US deserved punishment for ‘imperialism’ — and the kids are too young to remember or understand what really happened that horrific day.” An example cited was a “class taught at several major universities across the country called ‘The Literature of 9/11’ — which focuses almost entirely on writings from the perspective of the Islamic terrorists.” One of those who teach this sedition is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill associate English professor Neel Ahuja, who specializes in “post-colonial studies.” and also teaches a class entitled “The New Wars.” In this second course, he has discussed how the idea of a security crisis “has become a counter-revolutionary force in American Society, a means of preserving infrastructures of violence rather generating transformational processes.”

Duke University Press describes Ahuja’s new book in a way that depicts the motive for all his research as being hatred for the country in which he lives and works:

In Bioinsecurities Neel Ahuja argues that United States imperial expansion has been shaped by the attempts of health and military officials to control interactions of humans, animals, viruses, and bacteria at the borders of U.S. influence, a phenomenon called the government of species….In the process, the security state made the biological structures of human and animal populations into sites of struggle in the politics of empire, unleashing new patient activisms and forms of resistance to medical and military authority across the increasingly global sphere of United States influence.

Professor Ahuja thus tries to twist America’s vast humanitarian effort to combat pestilence and disease into something dark to be rejected. How sick is that?

And then there is OpEdNews, a website that posts about a half dozen columns a day condemning the West in general and the U.S. in particular. For example, William T. Hathaway’s Nov. 23 column “The Karma of Terrorism” seeks to justify the Islamic State attacks in Paris:

We started this war. What we do to others comes back on us….Even fanatics like al-Qaeda and ISIS are fighting defensively to force us out. The Western media never publish their demands because they are so reasonable….The drive for domination is the root cause of war, and until we eliminate it, we’re going to continue killing one another. Eliminating it requires a global struggle to bring down capitalism and replace it with socialism.

OpEdNews is also a center for those who serve as apologists and partisans of Russia in its aggression against Ukraine and its military intervention to support Iran and the Assad dictatorship in Syria. Many on the Left welcome the chance to renew their Cold War vows to Moscow; championing Russia as a counter to America.

Not all traitorous feelings are on the Left. I have been to gatherings of libertarians, Tea Party activists and supposedly “right-wing” isolationists where people have said “we should lose a few hundred Americans over there; that would teach us to stay out of other people’s business.” What makes such statements particularly loathsome is that they are almost always accompanied by expressions of anti-Semitism against the Jewish state of Israel.

If such behavior is easy to find among putative “Americans,” especially spoiled brat college types and pseudo-intellectuals, can there be any doubt that there were some members of the Muslim community, subverted by extremist Imams, jihadist websites or taking classes from left-wing professors, who cheered the fall of the twin towers on 9/11?  Last February, FBI Director James Comey told the National Association of Attorneys General, “We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states.”

Trump’s memory may well be wrong on details of what he saw or heard on television news reports over 14 years ago. That is the flaw in Trump’s extemporaneous style. But his larger point, that there are among us people who hate America and want to see it fall, is indisputably true and should remind us to be on our guard at all times against their actions and influence.

William R. Hawkins, a former economics professor and Congressional staffer, is a consultant specializing in international economics and national security issues. He is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.