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Originally posted by JoeDoaks
Could get wrapped up with the fact that the percentages don't add up or perhaps that America is becoming something or another but these are not the point.
As pointed out by one of the Muslims in the cited articles, America is at war against a Muslim people.
A great deal of plain old mistrust exists. No amount of hand wringing or finger pointing will erase this. One (naturally) distrusts people that are trying to harm you. America is under attack by an enemy that holds up a belief (religion) as a sword. Those that hold the same sword must be looked at with growing suspicion.
Until the time that internationally respected Muslims denounce Osama and his kind mistrust will not dissipate. Muslims have to realize they are being painted by the same tar brush and that Osama and his kind are the painters. Through fear or because of some other reason the lack of denouncement is inexcuseable to Americans. I am truly surprised Americans have been able to keep anti-Muslim sentiment as low as it is.
Where are the beatings?
Imagine being in the American Army in Afghanistan or Iraq. One of your squad-mates is named Abdual and he is a little darker than you (presume you are white) and he prays differently. Are you going to be as trusting when Abdul is on guard duty at night as you would be if Joe or Sam were?
That horrendous act has been lain squarely at the feet of people that brandish the sword of Islam (Muslims). Muslims are responsible and have to acknowledge this as a fact. Until Islam (Muslimism at large) stands against atrocities such as this the tar-brush will be slathered.