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11 Sep, 2010 08:12

“9/11 didn’t lead to split between Islamic and Christian civilizations”- analyst

9/11 attack had a radical effect on global policies but did not lead to the split of Islamic and Christian civilization, political expert Dmitry Polikanov told RT.

”There was a global understanding that terrorism threat is number one, and it should be on top of the agenda and that consolidated efforts are needed to overcome this terrible security challenge,” he said. “Today, significant efforts of the international community and of the leading nations, of the Special Services, has actually resulted in serious progress in fighting terrorism.”

“Al Qaeda is slightly disappearing from the global agenda,” Polikanov added. “If you look at the number of terrorist attacks in the recent years, it has diminished and I think significant work has been done to ruin the grass roots of Al-Qaeda.”

”Of course, one of the most positive outcomes is that the world has managed to prevent the split between the Islamic civilization and the Christian civilization, and the attacks in New York in 2001 did not lead to the global divide between the two civilizations.”

However, according to 9/11 medical responder and Muslim American activist, Rudina Odeh-Ramadan, says that after the tragedy Islam is being used for political gain in the US.

”We are assigning collective guilt on one billion Muslims that practice this faith on the acts of 19 villains that basically defiled Islam and practiced a perverted version of Islam for political agenda,” she said.

“I think the great majority fear Islam because they do not understand it,” Rudina Odeh-Ramadan added. ”They do not understand the faith, they do not understand that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not condone suicide, Islam does not condone murder.”

Meanwhile, American officials say that Al-Qaeda has been seriously weakened since it carried out the 9/11 attacks.

But in recent times, much international attention has shifted to the terror network's capacity to help other militant groups around the world.

Dennis Sammut, from the London Information Network on Conflicts and State-Building, sees Al-Qaeda's hand in the recent violence in the North Caucasus region of Russia.

“There are clearly connections between terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the attacks that have taken place in 9/11 and in the US, as well as in other parts of the world, including the North Caucasus,” he told RT.