On September 11th, 2001, we glared at our television screens in complete shock, appalled at what we saw. We watched as people who had been deprived of any hope or chance of survival jumped to their certain deaths from the windows of the Twin Towers. This was not virtual reality, it was the real thing. A time when one must frantically run for his life in order to survive. Eventually we learned that the Pentagon had also come under attack and that a hijacked commercial airliner was on its way towards the White House. The passengers of Flight 93 heroically attacked their hijackers, and sacrificed their lives in doing so. Instead of once proud and dynamic nation, we saw a United States of America that had been humiliated, was suffering and seemed vulnerable. We felt the necessity of praying to the Almighty to help this great nation.
On September 11th, 2001, we glared at our television screens in complete shock, appalled at what we saw. We watched as people who had been deprived of any hope or chance of survival jumped to their certain deaths from the windows of the Twin Towers. This was not virtual reality, it was the real thing. A time when one must frantically run for his life in order to survive. Eventually we learned that the Pentagon had also come under attack and that a hijacked commercial airliner was on its way towards the White House. The passengers of Flight 93 heroically attacked their hijackers, and sacrificed their lives in doing so. Instead of a once proud and dynamic nation, we saw a United States of America that had been humiliated, was suffering and seemed vulnerable. We felt the necessity of praying to the Almighty to help this great nation.
September the 11th, 2001 changed the world as we knew it. This day changed us as well, it changed our lives. The fear and terror that was arrived to the streets of New York was streamed to us through the media and gripped our hearts too. That day cannot be forgotten. Like hundreds of millions around the world, we had questions running through our mind. How could this have happened? Why did the terrorists choose this particular location? Who commited these horrendous crimes? What were their goals? And what will follow...?
Ten years have passed, and we have received answers to many of our questions. Some have also given paranoid answers to these tragic events. They tried to aquit the Islamist perpetrators and their supporters from this act of mass murder and aimed to cast the blame on the victims and those who were made to suffer. We should not be surprised. The diverse forms of modern national and state terrorism feed on lies and the hatred of justice and freedom – in addition to the element of frustration. This is one of the reasons it is hard to fight terrorism. For when we succeed in overcoming, liquidating a certain type and agent of terrorism, almost instantly it resurfaces in a new form in a society where the ideological, religious and social preconditions are met.
Terrorism was not invented by Osama bin Laden or al-Qaeda. It was not invented by the 19 Islamist young men who committed this barbaric and cruel attack. From ancient times, terrorism has been a continual phenomenon of human history. Empires that ruled the world and nation-states, non-government groups and movements used this tactic. They murdered innocent people in a spectacular way in order to force their diabolical authority, false ideology and flawed religion onto the survivors who had been intimidated by their gruesome actions. For whatever is forced onto people by acts of terror, can never be right.
The vitality and dynamism of the Hungarian people have also been severely damaged by White, National-Socialist, and Red (Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist) terror. For those of us who were deprived of basic human rights for decades, the United States of America was the beacon of our hope in freedom and a better life on this Earth. We drew moral and spiritual power from the fact that the number one superpower of this world is a nation that does not forget the oppressed, those deprived of their rights and the victims of various forms of terrorism. As Hungarians – although we were being educated to become anti-American – we were proud of the culture, the values, the historical victories, the power of the United States of America, which had been displayed most vividly in the heroic and positive role it played in the two world wars and the struggle against Communism. We were strengthened by the knowledge that America is on our side and not on the side of our oppressors.
This is one of the reasons 9/11 startled us. A new geopolitical setup emerged, in which no longer Communism, but Islamist terrorism became the greatest threat. Back then the world needed, and now the world needs even more a strong and wealthy America that protects human dignity and stands up for freedom. An America that uses its unique status to ensure that more and more people in this world can pursue their happiness in real freedom and peace.
The United States of America has been and remains to be the number one target of Islamist terrorism. Khomenei’s followers have labeled the USA the „Great Satan” partly due to the fact that for a considerable time now, America has provided a safe haven to many political, ethnic and religious refugees, for Christians, and for the Jewish people. In addition to this, America supports the rights of the Jewish State to exist behind defensible borders, and supports Israel’s struggle against its delegitimization. America also forcefully opposes the superiority ideologies and global domination aspirations around the world.
September 11, 2001 was the starting point of the global fight against terrorism. America chose determination and action to fight the power of intimidation released by these acts of terror. In this struggle, the USA, along with its allies, won several victories. However, there was a huge price that had to be paid for these victories. Hundreds of young soldiers were lost on the battlefields, and the economies of the supporting nations were also put to the test. In spite of this, the ten-year struggle of America and its allies against terrorism has been successful. Al-Quaeda – especially following the liquidation of Bin Laden and other leaders of the organization – is currently in the process of disintegration. The organization is now broken up into local networks, of which several have joined to support the current uprisings in the Arab world.
However, it needs to be said that 90% of terrorism around the world – which in the past year alone claimed over 10,000 lives – originates from terrorist organizations professing Islamic ideologies. The political situation of Middle-Eatern states is extremely volatile and unpredictable. Many of those who are now demonstrating against the Arab dictatorships are fundamentalists who have a deep-rooted hatred towards the West, America, the Christians and the Jews. Headed by Iran, there still are Islamic states that support terrorism and also practice it by oppressing their own people.
One of the important factors that fuels terrorism is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In my opinion, it’s real roots are not the national aspirations of the Palestinian people, but the common great cause of Islamist fundamentalists: the destruction of Israel and the establishment of a purely Islamic Palestinian state. I believe that the unilateral support of an independent Palestine by the United Nations will not solve the fundamental causes of this conflict, but will put into motion a new wave of terror, that will be more intense than the ones we have seen so far. A lasting peace in the Middle-East can only be attainable if Islamic countries make peace with Israel, denounce violence and provide guarantees for the complete security of the Jewish State. For such a peace, Israel would be willing to make sacrifices. It is reassuring to see the president of the United States and his cabinet approaching these sensitive issues with special caution and care.
We are facing tremendous challenges in our day. Due to the economic crisis, many have lost their jobs and have fallen into the trap of debt. Uncertainty and the fear of bankruptcy continues to grow and in this climate, radical elements have gained strength in Hungary as well, characterized by the cult of violence and the hatred of particular ethnic or religious groups. The war on terror is far from over. According to the Bible, war is not something that is forced on us from the outside, rather it is the result of the selfish and voracious ambition of man, which he tries to realize in his surroundings, in the world through violence. But we believe in the arrival of a world in which human nature will be completely transformed, where there will be no more violence, terror and wars, but the words of the Prophet Isaiah will be fulfilled:
„They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks,
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)
May God Bless the United States of America! God bless Hungary!