After 9/11 it was sort of my ‘hobby’ to ask everyone of my friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances:
“What was your first and second thought at the moment you saw the collaps of the Twin Towers” ?
(we were not even told at the time that there was a ‘Tower 7’)
I was a bit astonished that most Muslims replied:
” It could not be us, because we are not that clever (to carry out such a sophisticated operation) ”
In a way I was a bit disappointed that after decades of ‘Western Education’ Muslims still are not considered sufficiently clever for anything, but such is the reality.
I do not recall exactly what were the various “second thoughts”. They differed of course.
A ‘surprise reaction’ I got from an American colleague. He was a Senior UN staff, Project Manager in the most difficult location in Kosovo, Mitrovica, the town split between Serb and Albanian Kosovar population (and a very very hard worker). His answer was (he took me aside to tell me in confidence):
” You know, I would not be surprised, if we (USA) did it.”
I answered that I would not be surprised either, but I was surprised that he, a Senior American Officer, says so. His answer:
” I have spent enough time in Central American (Nicaragua, Guatemala, also Haiti) to see what our CIA is doing there.”
Ah, well …
My own first and second thoughts were:
1. ” What a superb logistical achievement ! ” (sorry about that …)
2. ” And now the world will change …”
Because I immediately sensed that the United States will react in a negative way endangering world peace. I do not know why I thought so, but the facts have proved me right. Afghanistan, Iraq wars followed … and then Libya, Syria, Yemen, not to speak of Somalia, Sudan … and now ‘the non-Muslim Muslim travel ban’…
May Allah be our protector and guide at all times.