To the extent that good people died, and many did, I truly regret the deaths of any good people who died as a result of 9/11. Surely when a building goes down, some people are good people, others are bad people. Yet politically, I think 9/11 should be exploited by people who are against religion. Just because American imperialists exploit it doesn’t mean we (truly militant atheists) shouldn’t exploit it.
There are ways to do this that do not serve imperialism. We can stress that Saddam Hussein and even the Taliban did not cause 9/11. We can accuse America of hypocrisy, because America supported Bin Laden against the Soviet Afghan Regime during the era of USSR. These approaches are more logical than declaring 9/11 as some manifestation of class struggle, as it clearly is not. It is clearly motivated by religion and killing people of diverse class status. The Saudi oil families are pretty rich. I do not see Bin Laden attacking them. I realize that other important members do not like this approach (it is my hunch), but no two people can agree on everything, and i believe my position that the nature of 9/11 is classless is correct. I do agree with anyone who believes that Bin Laden was motivated to an extent by opposition to American imperialism. This does not change the fact that Bin Laden’s philosophy is “Islamic imperialism.” Does anyone seriously believe that Bin Laden only wants to preach to the converted, and is not willing to kill atheists?
In my opinion, 9/11 should be used as a poster example, just like Zionism, as what happens when actions are declared ethical based on primitive religion. Just like Zionism, just like George W. Bush and his invasions, religion is being used to justify an act. Can this really be denied?
I do not think 9/11 was “worth it,” but I do think the way it has weakened organized religion is good. I realize Bin Laden did not intend this, but I still believe in exploiting the pragmatic reality. I think when the crimes of Zionists become more widely known, it will become fashionable not just to bash Islam, but to bash ALL religion.
The holocaust, 9/11, the genocides between Serbs and Croats, Zionism – all are at least partially motivated by religion. Even though Hitler saw Jews as a race (he meant nationality, he also saw Poles as a race), there was also clearly something theological about his attitudes towards Jews, whether Pagan or Catholic.
My point is that the events between 1940 and 2004 have really harmed organized religion. 9/11 has, the holocaust has, zionism has, George W Bush “talking to God” has. These events can be tied together to trash the whole idea of religion. It is no longer my religion vs. your religion, but a rebellion against all religion. To do that, 9/11 is useful to my propaganda. Sorry if you disagree or think it is bad for anti-imperialist relations with religious people, but I think the correct approach is to exploit 9/11 more effectively than the opposition, as opposed to worrying about how this will effect reputation with Islamic regimes and fellow posters / associates who may in fact (in error) believe that only American imperialists talk about 9/11 negatively.