Fight should not be against
innocent civilians, ever...
by Jamal Kheiry
October 25, 2004
Lily Katz and Lilian Filanis, frequent contributors to this site,
have voiced in no uncertain terms that they believe all Muslims
are terrorists. When confronted with the fact that they are wrong,
they point to the foul deeds of the few Muslims who ARE terrorists,
hoping to bolster the credibility of their bigotry and spread
it to others.
I believe clarification is in order. As a devout Muslim, I condemn,
without reservation or exception, all acts of terrorism, including
those committed in the name of Islam. I firmly believe that if
anyone -- Muslim or otherwise -- feels that they have been wronged
to the point that they perceive the need to fight, the fight
should not be against innocent civilians. Ever.
That said, I will now point out that the VAST majority of Muslims
feel the same way. The only reason people in the U.S. might think
that's not true is because that doesn't make the news. But what
DOES make the news? Beheadings. Massacres of little kids. Suicide
Ms. Katz and Ms. Filanis, I have a question for you. How many
people do you think it takes to plan and execute these hideous
assaults on humanity? A few dozen? A couple hundred? A couple
thousand, perhaps? Now consider that there are more than one
BILLION Muslims in the world. Why are you so ready to paint one-sixth
of humanity with a brush colored by the ghastly acts of a tiny
fraction of their number? Should I base my opinions of all Christians
on news reports about a white separatist church? Should I base
my opinion of Jews on the actions of the Jewish Defense League,
which has committed bombing attacks on U.S. soil? Of course not.
That would be absurd, as is your condemnation of Muslims all
over the world based on the sick, headline-grabbing antics of
murderers and thieves who call themselves Muslims.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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