Bikers  Rodney Price and David Ward from North Carolina
Bikers  Rodney Price and David Ward from North Carolina

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Cornel West

The scene on the National Mall today in front of the Washington Monument was anything but a somber tribute to the victims of 9/11.

Look straight ahead and you’d see a Muslim and Christian on stage bashing the mainstream media for billing their rally as the “Million Muslim March” instead of the intended “Million American March Against Fear .”They’re drinking too much banana juice,” a member of the American Muslim Political Action Committee said.

Ten or so feet behind the sparse crowd surrounding the stage, a resilient woman shouted something about Jesus as she tried to proselytize the crowd. (Included in the hodgepodge of people she was yelling at: Activist and academic Cornel West,in a full suit and scarf, who was a speaker at the event and, in part, spoke against drones and military action in Syria.

To the left was a group of Christian protesters yelling “Muhammad is a liar”—-and arguing in chant form that the fact that there weren’t a million Muslims at the march was just more evidence of their lies.

And all around, the sound of motorcycles could be heard from the participants of the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.”

I caught up with a group of bikers—-one of whom, David Ward, was wearing a shirt with a picture of the Statue of Liberty carrying Osama Bin Laden‘s bloody, severed head—-just off the Mall. Ward said his group rode to the District from North Carolina to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to counter-protest the march led by the American Muslim Political Action Committee.

As I was about to leave, biker Audrey Smith asked if I was going to ask them about their opinions on Syria. I hadn’t planned to, but since she asked…

“Obama can kiss my ass,”  Ward answered.

“Mine too,” the others chimed in.