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USA: On 9/11, Washington as usual

Khan said he feels an “acute sense of obligation” because the terrorists were Muslim, but he wonders why people aren’t doing more to remember. “It’s a tough year, with the election cycle,” he said, “but you can’t forget.”

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Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch |  US Desk
Source/Credit: The Washington Post | Excerpts
By Dana Milbank | September 10, 2012


Nine-eleven just isn’t what it used to be. Residents of the capital will awaken to what is forecast to be another clear Tuesday morning, just like that one 11 years ago, and they will find that the day that changed the nation is becoming more and more ordinary.
“I’m very surprised there’s not a pronounced effort to reflect on that day,” Amjad Khan told me at the Rayburn House Office Building on Monday. “It comes and goes as if it was just another day, but it wasn’t just another day.” Khan is one of the few to make sure 9/11 is still about 9/11: His Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a liberal group, runs a “Muslims for Life” blood drive with the Red Cross to honor victims of the attacks; he collected 25 pints at Rayburn on Monday morning.

Khan said he feels an “acute sense of obligation” because the terrorists were Muslim, but he wonders why people aren’t doing more to remember. “It’s a tough year, with the election cycle,” he said, “but you can’t forget.”

Several events will be held in Washington, as in New York and elsewhere, to commemorate the day, including a memorial in the Capitol. President Obama will observe a moment of silence at the White House before going to the Pentagon for a commemoration, and there will be a 9/11 Day of Service in Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue.

But for each of those, there is one of these: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will speak to the Ripon Society at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill on the topic “Defusing the Debt Bomb and the 2012 Election.” The debt “bomb” matters, but on 9/11, it sounds tacky.

About the picture:
Representative Tom Petri supported the second annual “Muslims for Life” blood drive,  a nationwide campaign to collect 11,000 units of blood to reiterate the message that Islam values the sanctity of life.

The campaign was launched a year ago to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on its 10th anniversary.  This year the campaign’s goal of 11,000 units is double the amount of blood donated in the last campaign of blood drives.  Muslims for Life has partnered with the American Red Cross, and blood centers across the country to make this possible.

In the picture: (L to R) Imam Nasim Mahdi, National Vice President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) USA;  Representative Tom Petri, 6th. Dist, Wisconsin; Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Director of Public Affairs,  AMC-USA;  Unknown Volunteer from AMC-USA.

Picture credit: Congressman Tom Petri official website: http://petri.house.gov/rep-petri-honors-september-11th-victims#

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