Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, a prominent former Muslim critic of Islam, said Wednesday that the Sept. 11 attacks were committed by Muslims extremists who hated America.
Following commentary that downplayed the role of Islam in the terrorist attacks, Hirsi-Ali tweeted: On the 11th of September 2001 19 Muslim men hijacked 4 airplanes. Inspired by their prophet and driven by jihadist ardor they sought to destroy the symbols of American success: the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the White House.”
She added: Let’s not whitewash that plain truth.”
On the 11th of September 2001
19 Muslim men hijacked 4 airplanes. Inspired by their prophet and driven by jihadist ardor they sought to destroy the symbols of American success: the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the White House. Let’s not whitewash that plain truth.
— Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan) September 12, 2019
Conservative Twitter users quickly “cc’d” accounts they deemed guilty of such whitewashing.
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra was among those who tagged first-term Muslim Democrats Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 12, 2019
Omar in March infamously referred to the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaida terrorists as “some people did something,” though she tweeted earlier Wednesday: “September 11th was an attack on all of us.”
Other commentators wanted The New York Times to see Hirsi-Ali’s tweet.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) September 12, 2019
On Wednesday morning, the Times tweeted: “18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center,” without mentioning the terrorists who steered those airplanes into the Twin Towers. The newspaper also put the death toll at 2,000, when it was really almost 3,000.
Amid backlash, the Times deleted the tweet and reposted a version that referred to “the terror attacks” and corrected the number of dead.
Ayaan Hirsi-Ali on Islam and 9/11
Hirsi-Ali is a Somali-born Dutch-American activist and scholar, with roles at leading research institutions. A former Muslim-turned atheist, she has been a vocal critics of the mistreatment of females in Muslim societies and founded the AHA Foundation to promote women’s rights.
Critics, though, have accused Hirsi-Ali of “Islamophobia.” The Southern Poverty Law Center included her on its controversial list of “anti-Muslim extremists,” before scrapping the list in April following a lawsuit by Maajid Nawaz, a British Muslim reformer who was also included in the register.
Conservatives have long accused liberals of excessive political correctness when it comes to terrorism. Former President Barack Obama was harangued, including by Donald Trump on 2016 campaign trail, for refusing to use the term “Islamic terrorism” in an attempt to downplay the link between the religion and violence.