WorldNet Daily is reporting that a little circulated article on the remarks of Barack Obama eight days after the 9-11 attack is finally getting some attention. In the article, the Senator expressed a belief that al-Qaida lacked “empathy” for the suffering of others’. His suggestion that terrorist ideology “grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair” is reminiscent of the same old liberal mantra – environment and educational reforms change everything.

Obama went on to imply the September 11th attacks were also in part a result of U.S. policy. He lectured the American military to minimize civilian casualties in the Middle East and urged action opposing “bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent.”

“Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we, as a nation, draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy.” This notion that we are to blame, and all should come to the table of learning and repair our world views together is appallingly naïve. The article was published on Sept. 19, 2001, and circulated in Chicago’s Hyde Park Herald, an area known for Muslim support and sympathy.



“The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity or suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy … is (not) unique to a particular culture, religion or ethnicity … it grows out a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.”



Obama placed the burden of responsibility on the US which he said, had to “be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent.” If hope could be raised in the children, it would solve the problem, he suggested.

At the time, Obama’s piece gained little notice outside his senatorial district, which is heavily influenced by the Nation of Islam. After republication, the remarks have picked up traction. Robert Spencer, director of the Jihad Watch website, noted that Obama completely ignored Islam itself. He found the roots for Muslim terrorism not in Islam but in ‘a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.’ The conditions that created 9-11, are social and educational deficits, not world-view differences. Not Islam.

“What Obama could not, and apparently cannot, allow himself to do is to investigate the nature of Islam, to find out what it teaches about Believers and Infidels. I can help out a bit. I can tell him, right now, right here, that Islam is based on a clear division of the universe between Believers and Infidels.”

Abe Greenwald, responded to Obama’s belief that terrorists act out of despair. “‘[P]overty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.’ Strange, considering our attackers were wealthy and educated, connected and ecstatic.”



The media, in line with Obama, also tends to characterize suicide bombers as acting in response to occupation or poor living conditions. The suicide bombers themselves call such media claims “lies” and “propaganda.”

Adapted from a report by Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily