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Pamela Geller: We should have ‘nuked those savages’ after 9/11

Imagine2050 Staff • Sep 01, 2015

In a short blog post published on her website yesterday, anti-Muslim activist and figurehead Pamela Geller lamented former President George W. Bush’s decision to not use nuclear weapons against Muslim nations in retaliation to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Last week, the German daily Der Spiegel featured a report claiming in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan. This was according to Michael Steiner, a former aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder who worked with the Bush administration following the tragedy.

Geller, who already has positioned herself being one of the most outspoken bigots within the organized Islamophobia movement, took to her blog to express her disappointment with the lack of nuclear weapons used post 9/11.

“I am sorry he didn’t,” Geller wrote of Bush’s decision not to use a weapon capable of killing tens of thousands of people. “Not only should we have nuked those savages, we should have instituted school courses/classes in the jihadic doctrine and islamic [sic] history.”

Following the September 11 attacks, Geller teamed up with fellow anti-Muslim blogger Robert Spencer to launch a campaign to vilify Muslims. Both Geller and Spencer regularly claim that Islam is an inherently violent religion bent on world domination.

Geller and Spencer have sought to use the tragic attacks on 9/11 as rallying point to push their own anti-Muslim narrative. Most notable are their efforts in 2010 to organize protests against  the proposed Park51 Islamic community center in New York City. After labeling it the “Ground Zero Mosque,” Geller claimed the structure was an effort by Muslims to build a “triumphal” on “conquered lands.” She has also called 9/11 a “Muslim holiday.”

According to Der Spiegel, Steiner recounted that Schroder considered the use of nuclear weapons to be an overreaction by the U.S. Apparently, Geller does not feel this way and was upset with the route Bush took instead which, of course, did not include the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Geller claims that Bush instead “embarked on an ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ disinformation campaign.”

Indeed, Geller’s reckless claims to use nuclear arms against Muslim nations underscores her anti-Muslim bigotry and negates any arguments of hers to say otherwise.

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