CBS is part of the mainstream media. Having said that, they do excellent work, within the bounds of what they find it comfortable to do.
In the video, Lesley Stahl missed an important opportunity.
Several Muslims - dare I call this particular group extremists? I'm not sure if it is a fair characterization - in Pakistan were debating with a former jihadist, Maajid Nawaz, about jihadist ideology, and Ms. Stahl then entered the conversation. One of the men alleged that the US was behind the attacks on 9/11 - in what we would call a "false flag" operation - to have a pretext to attack the Muslim world.
Ms. Stahl seemed to find the allegation that 9/11 was a false flag operation incredible.
Since the idea is incredible - and growing in popularity - why does no one in the mainstream media delve into it and thoroughly investigate it? If it is so incredible, it should be easy to disprove.
Let's get our history straight.
Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy - and, he acted alone.
Before that, Polish troops crossed the frontier into Nazi Germany in late August of 1939, and Germany was forced to defend itself.
Our government is trustworthy and, even if it should be shown that the incident along the Polish-German border in August, 1939, was a false-flag operation, that does not trump the fact that all of our American government officials are absolutely honest and brave, and can not be bought off or intimidated.
It was not to wage war on Islam.
Most of the attackers were Saudis, and Saudi Arabia is the home of Islam's two holiest sites.
If we wanted to wage war on Islam, Mecca and Medina would be pig farms now.
(Pigs are particularly repugnant to Islam, so would be a natural choice to defile Islam's holiest cities.)
There was the incentive of tremendous profits to be made supporting the war, not to mention the illegal profits enabled by the hostilities.
This is on top of the natural resources to which we would have unfettered access by invading Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Nawaz correctly points to oil and other possible reasons behind the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan - not to an American hatred of Islam.
The terrorist attack on 9/11 was the crime of the century.
Why was the Federal Bureau of Investigation not allowed to investigate this terrorist incident? The FBI was sent in to investigate other Al Qaeda attacks elsewhere. Why was the WTC not cordoned off as a crime scene?
Why does the FBI's "Wanted" poster for Usama Bin Laden not refer to 9/11?
It was revised in November of 2001.
Where is the mention of 9/11 in the FBI's UBL wanted poster?
Enquiring minds want to know.
I want to know. :)
The war of civilizations is as follows.
The United States was born - imperfect - in a quest to establish a government based on the principle that all people are equal: not equally tall or short, smart or dumb, rich or poor, but equally human; especially that no royalty was more human, having the authority to take away fundamental rights bestowed up us by our Creator.
To be sure, this new country was imperfect, and its implementation of this principle of equality was very imperfect. In many parts of the new nation, people could be bought and sold as property; slavery still existed. Even half a century after slavery was outlawed, people were still treated as second-class citizens (and worse) based on their skin color and gender.
Problems exist to this day.
The fact that this nation is not perfect does in no way negate the validity of the founding principle: we are all created equal, and endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In sharp contrast, Islam is a medieval ideology, wherein women are treated little better than cattle, according to laws codified centuries ago, and acccording to the example of the ideology's founder, who is considered to be a perfect example of humanity.
As long as some glimmer of hope for a better, more equitable life exists anywhere in creation, those who have been enslaved by Islam, like those who were enslaved by communism, will dream of throwing off their own chains in search of the freedom intended for them by their Creator, and for which an eternal fire burns in their hearts.
As long as this is the case, Islam, like communism, is in danger.
To prevail, all America has to do is survive.
But, to prevail, Islam must conquer and destroy; that is why it was spawned in battle with holy warriors challenging all they encountered with the infamous triple choice: conversion to Islam, submission to the caliphate in dhimmi status, or war of annihilation.
There is indeed a war between what America stands for and the Islamic world, but it is not America that seeks to conquer.
Having said that, though, there are things in Muslim lands of great value, and there are corrupt and criminal people in our "government of the people, by the people and for the people" who seek to hijack our nation's might for personal enrichment.
Of course, the reverse is true, as well: there are things of value in America, and the Islamic world has corrupt and criminal leaders whose authority is "divinely" unquestionable, and for whom Islam is a vehicle....