June 2, 2008, - 8:51 am

OUTRAGE: Summer “Reading”–Oprah Author’s Novel From 9/11 Terrorists’ Point of View; “No Villains”

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****
Now that it’s June, it’s officially summer reading time. Those who have the luxury curl up by the beach engrossed in the latest faddish novel.
This summer, publisher W.W. Norton is pushing “The Garden of Last Days,” by Andre Dubus III, an Oprah Book Club fave. The book sympathizes with the 9/11 terrorists.
As I’ve written before, Dubus’ “House of Sand and Fog–an Oprah selection–was a hideously anti-American tale, where the Americans are losers and evil-doers, and Iranian Muslim immigrants are the good, hard-working people, done wrong and caused to lose everything including their lives, thanks to these loser and evil Americans.
Do We Really Need to Sympathize with Those Who Did This?!

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Palestinian Woman on Ramallah Street Cheers 9/11 Attacks.

Well, with “The Garden of Last Days” is even more hideous. It tells the story of the 9/11 attacks and the Islamic hijackers last days from the point of view of the terrorists and the strippers some of them, um, patronized.
And it’s very sympathetic. The Wall Street Journal, which, sadly, is recommending this book for its summer reading list, calls it

a fact-based novel in which a terrorist behind the Setp. 11 attacks goes to Florida strip clubs, grappling with his mission and American temptations.

Being a hypocrite doesn’t make you anymore sympathetic or indicate any form of “grappling” or struggle with the mass murder of 3,000 Americans.
How many people truly think any of these 19 cold-hearted Muslims “grappled” with anything relating to the murder of thousands of Americans? You saw the video last will and testament of several of them, including Mohammed Atta. They were smiling and laughing. This was something they were focused on for well over a year and something they were quite proud of. They shouted Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest, ie., greater than that of the Christians and Jews and all others]. They slit the throats of crew members on the flights.
And get this, Oprah author Dubus says he feels sympathy for the 9/11 hijackers:

The author’s sympathy for all of his characters draws in the reader. “I don’t know if I believe in villains,” Mr. Dubus says. “I believe in villainous behavior.”

Wow, this is the worst perversion of the Christian “hate the sin, love the sinner” tenet, I’ve heard yet. Trust me, if his kids or wife were on one of those planes on 9/11, he’d believe in villains.
Even more disgusting is the reaction of some booksellers pimping this piece of garbage:

“You’ll care about these people even as you’re horrified” by what they’re doing, says Mike Barnard, owner of Rakestraw Books, Danville Calif.

“Care” about the 9/11 Islamic mass murderers of innocent Americans?! Hmmm . . . did he care about Hitler and Himmler and Goebbels and Mengele? Good thing he and writer Dubus weren’t around in the late ’30s and early ’40s, so they could care about the people who turned up the Zyklon-B nozzle and cooked and otherwise exterminated 11 million, because looking at naked women somehow makes them sympathetic.

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Dubus spent five years on the book, including “research” on the terrorists, Islam, and Saudi Arabia, according to the Journal.
“Research” . . . or indoctrination?
How many innocent trees gave their lives for this trash?
Nauseating to the nth.
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Absurd: Andre Dubus Says They (9/11 Hijackers Ziad Jarrah, Mohammed Atta in Martyrdom Video) Grappled with Attacks

**** UPDATE: Bill Warner writes that it appears much of the background material for this book was “lifted” from the work of investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker, whom Bill helped in his investigation. Bill provides interesting stuff I wasn’t aware of, like that Atta killed his girlfriend’s cats, and that others were identified from that sleazy life, who Bill believes knew in advance of the 9/11 attacks:
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Mohammed Atta’s Stripper Girlfriend, Amanda Keller

HEY, this book is about Sarasota/Venice Fl and stolen from all the work of investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker! Mohamed Atta was back in the Sarasot/Venice area just prior to 9/11 as per Daniel Hopsicker’s work. Amanda Keller was identified as Atta’s one-time live-in American girlfriend in a story on September 27,2002 headlined “Atta, American Girlfriend in Wild Drug & Booze party in Key West.”
[From the summary of] The Garden of Last Days: A Novel [DS: With Bill's comments in parentheses]:

Set the weekend before 9/11, the stories of several disreputable characters converge at a Florida strip club (SARASOTA). There’s April, (AMANDA) exotic dancer and single mom; Bassam, a fanatical Muslim in town (VENICE) for flying lessons (sound familiar?);
The following hours are filled with a heart-stopping chain of events portending disaster, the incessant beat of the DJ’s selections as each stripper takes to the stage, the drunken shouts of customers paying for a show, the exchange of money for services, all under the guise of a good time. April is watched: by Louis, her lascivious boss; by Lonnie, a bouncer who views “Spring” as different from the others; by Bassam, a chain-smoking, intense young man from Saudi Arabia ( Egypt–Atta) who walks straight into the embrace of evil, unable to resist the seduction of this foreign country’s blatant disregard for modesty. As the hours pass, a diverse cast divulges their secrets, the individual histories that have led to this fateful night on the Gulf Coast” (Sarasota/Venice)

I helped the original investigative reporter, Daniel Hopsicker dig up some of the background info on Amanda Keller, stipper and girl firend of Mohamed Atta while he lived in the Venice/Sarasota Fl area. The book story is stolen from Daniel Hopsicker’s invesitigative work on stripper Amanda Keller in Sarasota/Venice Fl and Mohamed Atta.

From Hopsicker’s article:

In Venice Florida (JUST SOUTH OF SARASOTA), Mohamed Atta lived for two months with an American stripper/lingerie model named Amanda Keller (both photos are her). Atta loved to party. He was out with Keller nearly every night they were together. He was a heavy drinker, snorted coke, was a stylish dresser and wore expensive jewelry. Keller dumped him after he embarrassed her at a night club by dancing, poorly, atop a speaker. Atta revenged himself later on Keller by returning to the apartment they’d shared and killing her cat and kittens, disemboweling and dismembering them in her apartment for her to find.

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11 Responses

Being an Oprah choice the author is assured:
1. Great Wealth
2. Fame and power
3. As is evident so far, ‘a reputation as a compassionate wonderful liberal guy’
As I write this I remember this I think of the two firemen, neighbors of mine, killed that day trying to save lives.

poetcomic1 on June 2, 2008 at 9:49 am

Actually, this is nothing more than pure atheism. From belief in God, there must follow acceptance of objective good and evil. I realize that many so-called believers reject this, but then they are simply functional atheists.
Thus, no man is evil, rather he needs to be perfected OR he only does evil acts. If we can only get to him to convince him that he is wrong, etc, etc. (leading to endless Liberal social programs)
BTW–This error also applies to nuns who frequent death row, arguing against execution since their charge has “reformed.” BUT–since every man will die eventually, what difference does it make, especially since these nuns supposedly believe in the afterlife and eternity; why should a few years matter? Their main work should be to save souls, not lives in this case.
Missing in this philosophy, of course, is God. God gives all men the tools to achieve proper behavior–among other things–but also allows free will. The atheists and functional atheists contend that “we” must help these poor individuals–evidently their “God” if they have one is powerless to do so.
And, of course, if their God is Allah and he condones this, then he is no God either.
QED

Red Ryder on June 2, 2008 at 10:51 am

The denial of the evil that exists in the minds and actions of politically correct ìvictimizedî groups, such as islamic extremists (actually, islamic extremist is redundant) is so wide spread among liberals it would be ridiculous if not for the horror that their actions cause.
I work with a woman who claims that the famous picture of the ugly Palestinian woman celebrating 9-11 was actually an older photograph and she was not celebrating the attacks, but the food that is being shoved in her face. My acquaintance also claims that video of the celebrations immediately after the attacks by muslims in the middle east were faked also.
When I pressed her for the source of her information, she said she was repeating what one of her college professors had said the day of the attacks.
I rest my case.

Rocky on June 2, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Sadly, I think it all too possible that we will see Debbie’s feared sympathetic treatment of the camp guards. After all, who would have predicted on Dec. 8, 1941, that they would live to see a major Hollywood movie sympathetic to the Japanese? And that from one of the (allegedly) most conservative filmmakers in Hollywood? But we’ve already had LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA.
Furthermore, we must understand the atheist-socialist mindset which has already, by conservative estimates, inspired the murder of 75 million in the last century. Those of this mindset look at these Islamo-Nazi scum and think, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

DocLiberty on June 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Oh, so I see now. There were no villians involved in 9/11 except for the Mossad, right Oprah? If only we’ve known all along that the Israelis were behind the attacks and Ziad Jarrah and Mohammed Atta are just figments of our imaginations to vilify all people of arabian origin b/c who else should we pick as a scapegoat to blame terrorism but the arabs?

American Sabrah on June 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm

If you had time, it might be a good idea to have a few book reviews on a regular basis, Reagan’s and Marx’s.

c f on June 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm

I am going to puke… who could feel sorry for those guys after what they did? I would like to meet the people who read this and tell them off. If you want to read something that’ll make you cry, try final salute, about military families getting the knock on the door no one wants to get.

mindy1 on June 2, 2008 at 8:40 pm

How could a stripper interpret for Atta? Did she know Arabic or German?
Young Dubus BTW is not as well thought of as his writer father. I guess Jnior is taking the anti-US stance to make his name. Hope Oprah has lots of money in the bank–she’s alienating fans all the time!

PJ on June 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Deb, I love you hon, but if you call these monsters mass murderers, what do you call Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro, etc.? Mega murderers?
Also, Zyklon B, I beieve, was in the form of crystals or pellets dumped into an opening where they did their awful, lethal work.

jim on June 3, 2008 at 10:00 am

What I have trouble with is that because the towers, including building 7, were controlled demolitions, the International Bankers and many othes KNERW that the towers were going to be hit and WHEN. They quite obviously used the event of the planes as the factor to be blamed for the collapses.
But still most Conservative sources, put all their emphasis and condemnation; albeit, well-deserved, on the hijackers alone.
The foreknowledge which the controlled demolitions demonstrate, makes whoever was behind them the Kingpins and the hijackers their hitmen.

TallT on June 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm

TallT,
“Controlled demolitions”?
Oh, wait, now I remember what you must be referring to, that story about Lex Luthor being behind 9/11. I remember reading that in the Daily Planet. …
Geez. Check your tinfoil hat, bud. I think it’s got a hole in it.

mechmorph on June 3, 2008 at 5:48 pm

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