On this anniversary of 9/11, some analysts say it is hard to argue that the Islamic terrorists didn't achieve their goals that ominous morning 18 years ago.
Every year, the events of that morning are replayed on television, and people are reminded about the horrific evil that was behind the jihadist attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans that day.
But, unfortunately, we continue to be involved in a nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan without a victory. And terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as al Qaida, are continuing to murder those who do not yield to their radical ideology.
Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer says it is unfortunately true that 9/11 was a big victory for the forces of jihad around the world.
"They have very skillfully been able to portray any honest analysis of the motivating ideology behind 9/11 and all other acts of jihad terrorism – any kind of analysis of that – as racism, hatred and bigotry,” Spencer pointed out. “They've been able to convince politicians of both parties essentially to reject and recoil from that kind of honest analysis."
Family Research Council Senior Fellow for National Security Bob Maginnis agreed that Islam has not been portrayed correctly to the American public – which could harm the U.S. down the road.
"I think it's really brought Islam to the world stage, and, unfortunately, even the mainline Islamists are not tolerant of non-believers,” Maginnis stressed. “And that's something that the average citizen has yet to really embrace."
Maginnis also maintained that 9/11 is a reminder that when a country lets its guard down, bad things can happen.
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