I was at work. I had just returned from a work trip – by plane – and had been held up by security for a while as they passed my bag again and again through the scanner. Looked inside then scanned it again. I was quite relaxed about it, I had nothing in there to worry about and, as was usual on that particular trip, I was at the airport way too early anyway.
Turns out they thought my hip flask was a knife. It was edge-on to the scanner. There was no drama, no tension, it was resolved and I went on my way.
The date was September 10th, 2001. Ihave often wondered what the security reaction might have been if I had been flying home on the 12th.
The next day, on the lab radio, we all heard live coverage of the maniacs flying planes into US buildings. The most dramatic, the one that caused most harm and death, was of course the World Trade centre.
Sure, I’ve heard all the conspiracy theories but for those nearly 3000 people who died that day – plus of course those on the other hijacked planes that rarely seem to get a mention – theory is of no consequence. They died, all in horrible circumstances, and the blame lay on Osama bin Laden and whoever was behind him (again, there are many plausible theories).
Will it happen again? The place, and particularly the date, have significance in Islam. This is a long read but worth your time.
The place? Why New York? Why not concentrate the attack on the White House? Oh there was a plane headed in that direction but it was brought down by the passengers, revolting against the hijackers, because by then they knew what happened with the other planes. The White House was a secondary target, as was the Pentagon. The hijackers concentrated on the Twin Towers in New York.
In 1453, the Ottoman Empire took control of a city that was deemed the centre of civilisation at that time. The great city of Constantinople. The city known all over the known inhabited world of the time as ‘The Golden Apple’. Taking control of that city was part of Islamic prophecy, although the prophecy could have been adapted (maybe even originally written) to refer to the main hub of world commerce at any particular time.
The centre of world trade in the modern world was in New York. The Big Apple. Taking that was a major coup in the minds of those who believe in prophecy. Don’t be too quick to poo-pooh prophecies. They might all be nonsense but they inspire people to do terrible things in an attempt to make them come true.
Well that could possibly explain the target. The date?
September 11th 1683, the Ottoman Empire was poised to take Vienna. It was the last day that their force was considered unstoppable because they were stopped, quite comprehensively, the following day. The army surrounding Vienna was almost wiped out completely by a large Christian force commanded by the Polish. If you have never seen the Winged Hussars, they are worth looking up. Seeing that cavalry come at you, especially if you are deeply religious, would be terrifying. There were, of course, far more than just the Polish in that army but just as Islam has not forgotten that day, neither has Poland. Nor have the countries to the east of it. Which might open some eyes as to their current immigration policies.
So we have the Golden Apple/Big Apple, the centre of world trade and we have September 11th, the date the Ottomans started losing ground.
Those who planned the attack would certainly have been well versed in Islamic history and prophecies and may well have set the target and timing quite deliberately.
It’s been difficult to pay any attention to American politics lately, what with the utter shitshow that is current UK politics. Tyrion Bercow has been an absolute embarrassment as Speaker and the Remain idiots in Parliament are currently staging a student sit-in in an empty building. Leave them in there, I say. Let them sing their silly songs and we can all ignore them for a while.
However, there has been much ado about Donnie Trumpton inviting the Taliban for talks this week. The timing seems particularly insensitive. The talks were cancelled by Trump because those idiot Arabs thought it would be a good bargaining ploy if they blew up some people just before the meeting. Hint, beardies: it was not a good ploy at all. Now they are threatening terror attacks because Trump cancelled the meeting. Well, you turbaned ruffians were going to carry out attacks anyway, so how is that even a start at bargaining?
I wonder, did Trump set the timing deliberately too? So that if there was another September 11 attack he’d have the culprits right there in America, surrounded by his security? Maybe he expected them to screw it up and never planned to meet them at all.
Or maybe he just wasn’t thinking. I suppose we’ll never know for sure.
A couple of decades ago, few people outside Islam were aware of the details of its history, and of the prophecies its adherents are trying to fulfil. Now there cannot be a government advisory office on the planet that hasn’t studied it all in great detail.
The difficult part is going to be getting their governments to listen.