College student destroying American flags on 9/11?

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A student activist destroys a 9/11 memorial in the middle of the night —
throwing away 2,977 American flags. Sounds impossible? Sadly, it is not.

The woke agenda on college campuses is increasingly anti-American. The
actions of a member of the student government at Washington University in
St. Louis on the morning of September 11 is the latest example of the
radical indoctrination infecting so many involved in higher education
across the country.

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) was alerted early on Saturday that a
memorial display had been destroyed by Washington University student Fadel
Alkilani. A fellow student Nathaniel Hope filmed Alkilani carrying
multiple trash bags filled with American flags stolen from the memorial
site.

Patriotic students had placed 2,977 American flags in the ground as part
of YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project. Each flag represents one of the
innocent victims of the September 11, 2001, attack by radical Islamic
terrorists.

Students at Washington University in St. Louis joined young people at more
than 200 campuses. Since 2003, 12 million flags have been placed on
college campuses and at schools across the nation.

Alkilani stated on social media that he stole the flags as an act of
“protest against American imperialism and the 900,000 lives lost as a
result of post-9/11 war.” According to the student who taped it on his
phone, Alkilani claimed it as a “flag relocation incident” and said the
memorial was a violation of school rules as he swore at the student.

Amazingly, Alkilani is the chairman of the student senate finance
committee. They are in charge of allocating funding to student
organizations.

Students participating in the 9/11: Never Forget Project at Washington
University in St. Louis said that Alkilani attempted to destroy the
display Friday night. He was told to stop after students called campus
police.

“Knowingly damaging another’s property and the cost of the damage totals
more than $750” is first degree property damage under Missouri law. That
is a Class D felony which is punishable by an incarnation of up to four
years.

Alkilani, according to students at the memorial, was warned by police on
Friday night not to destroy the display. He was caught on video destroying
the exhibition on Saturday morning and throwing bags of the flags into the
garage. It is clear that Alkilani should be arrested and prosecuted for
his crime.

Sadly, this is the kind of abuse that conservative students have to deal
with each day on college campuses all across America. If they react this
way to something as innocent as a memorial to the 2,977 innocent lives
lost on 9/11, imagine how much worse the woke radical left is to those who
advocate free-market capitalism over big government socialism?

We have yet to identify the people who vandalized the 9/11: Never Forget
Project at Michigan State University (MSU). In addition to the 2,977 flag
display, students had a memorial with an American flag on it and the
phrase “Never Forget 2,977 lives.”

Vandals covered the word “Never” with black spray paint, so it just said,
“Forget.” They also spray-painted the word “Israel” across the American
flag on the memorial. Thankfully, the students organizing the project
fixed the display.

“It’s stunning that someone would vandalize a memorial to the victims of
the September 11th attacks, but it also underscores why we do this every
year—to ensure that the innocent lives taken that day are never
forgotten,” said MSU YAF Chairman Charlie Jones.

At Mount Holyoke College, vandals smeared out a chalk message on the
sidewalk that read, “In loving memory of those who died on 9/11.” They
replaced it with a message that read, “there is blood on U.S. hands.”

During the days that followed the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago, it is
hard to imagine anyone, regardless of political or religious beliefs, in
America not wanting to pay a solemn tribute to the innocent victims of the
attacks. The facts clearly show that they were conducted and orchestrated
by radical Islamic terrorists who hated our freedoms in America.

Those freedoms allow fragile woke activists to say crazy things on
campuses across America. But they don’t allow them to destroy the property
of other people. Or to wipe out their freedom to speak.

Too many young people have failed to learn the fundamentals of American
and world history. Worst yet, many are learning outright falsehoods about
our nation, which leads them to hate our country and doubt America’s
promise.

President Ronald Reagan warned us about this in his farewell address on
January 11, 1989. His answer was getting back to the basics: “more
attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.” We
would do well to heed his advice today.

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