September 11, 2006, - 1:24 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Meet Marilynn Rosenthal, a far-left, retired sociology professor at the University of Michigan. She lost her son, Josh, in the 9/11 attacks. But she’s using his murder to defend those who murdered her son–and to attack America, Christians, Jews, and Israel.
And she has the dubious distinction of being one of the few 9/11 family members who testified for the defense of Al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Mousaoui at his trial, to the rightful disgust of the other family members present.
Every town has that far-left free newspaper–the one with pimp and prostitute ads in the back that keep it in business, as it tries to present itself as the noble opposition.
In Detroit, this “alternative” paper is The Metro Times. Predictably, The Metro Times’ 9/11 fifth anniversary cover story glorifies Dr. Rosenthal and her despicable work. She’s written a book comparing her innocent son to the despicable terrorist, Marwan Al-Shehhi, who piloted the plane that killed her son at the World Trade Center–and “understanding” Al-Shehhi. In her son’s name, she’s funding a lecture, tonight, by Islamofascist apologist, Juan Cole.
Here are some choice excerpts from Rosenthal’s warped moral equivalency world:
The way I think about 9/11 is reflective of that. My basic reaction was that we have to understand all the levels of what happened. What happened to Josh, and what happened to the 2,782 other people who were killed? Who were the people who killed them, and what motivated them? This was not a random act of madness. . . .
And when I started to find out about the pilot Marwan al-Shehhi, the jihadist who crashed the plane into the south tower and killed Josh, I began to think of him as being part of another global enterprise. So here were these two young men whose lives came together. I think they died at the same moment, at 9:03 a.m. on Sept. 11. And they were part of two globalized movements that intertwined with each other. . . .
So, Osama bin Laden is a very sophisticated, very worldly, very successful businessman with a broad sense of business organization and business technology. He also has a certain set of beliefs about the Muslim world. I just found that rather intriguing. . . .
History is full of true believers. They’re not the first ones to give their lives for a cause that they believe in. They did it in a fashion that’s sort of outside the bounds of conventional warfare. But conventional warfare might be a 20th century phenomenon.
Rosenthal says that the extremist Muslim rhetoric at the mosque of Al-Shehhi–the terrorist who piloted the plane into the WTC and killed her son–is like that of Christians and Jews, that they’re morally equivalent:
You can hear the echoes of fundamentalist Christians who can’t tolerate any view but their view. You can hear echoes of the fanatic fundamentalist Jews who think that God promised them Syria and Iraq as part of the greater Israel, and because God promised it, therefore you should have it, even if you have to fight for it.
Get a clue, lady. What Christians or Jews in contemporary times ever murdered innocent people as an organized part of their religion? What Jews are claiming Iraq or Syria? But Syria and most Arab Muslims are claiming Israel.
And apparently Rosenthal believes we should negotiate with Al-Qaeda:
People say that the only way to deal with fanatics is to fight ‘em, kill ‘em. It’s hard for me to accept that. It seems to be the lesson of history that if you do that, all you do is create more fanatics. We seem to be better at military technology than at useful, creative diplomacy.
Hello? They want us dead. As Rush Limbaugh said, “You can’t negotiate with those whose starting point is our death.”
Here’s her view on the Moussaoui trial:
I was horrified that the government was spending millions of dollars for what in essence was a sham trial. Frankly, that was my motivation for testifying. It was a crime to use the American justice system to ask for the death penalty for a man who’s half demented and a marginal figure in al-Qaeda. It’s just shocking, utterly shocking.
No, what’s shocking is that, despite the fact that Islamofascists murdered her son, Marilynn Rosenthal is helping them. What terrorist isn’t “half-demented”? But a 9/11 family member who engages in this type of reprehensible behavior is probably not just “half” demented.
Unfortunately, she’s the “complete package.”
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