When almost forty years ago I naively set foot on the Sufi Path, inspired by its humanity, refinement, and love, I never imagined I would find myself on this battlefield. And yet now there is no way I can leave it, a battlefield on which innocents have been turned into enemies, religious discourse has been degraded, and where the ineptness and hypocrisy of Western Powers have caused millions to leave their homelands and seek refuge in foreign lands.

There are a hundred, perhaps a thousand facts that are not explained by the official narrative about 9/11. But most, as if hypnotized by the trauma of the event, accepted the story offered by an administration that lied about so many things. And the tragedy continues to unfold.

Anybody who knows a little about the Middle East, knows that in 2001 Islamist movements were failing both politically—rarely drawing more than 10...

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