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A Reply To "Remember and Boycott"

Quoting From A Recently Received Email Message

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military barracks in Saudi Arabia!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE!

"REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001!

"REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!

"Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class holiday postage stamp.

"REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp when purchasing your stamps at the post office. To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.

"REMEMBER to pass this along to every patriotic AMERICAN you know, whether by e-mail or otherwise."

While I sympathize with the feelings which may have prompted this statement, its message is both misguided and dangerous.

Suggesting that ALL Moslems are accountable for the actions and beliefs of one segment of Islam, namely Islamic fundamentalism (for example, "Wahhabism"), is no better than blaming all Christians for the actions and beliefs of white Christian supremacists; or of attributing the views of the Jewish Defense League's Rabbi Meyer Kahane to all of Judaism.  David Koresh was no more representative of the Christian world view than is Osama bin Laden of Islam.

This needs repeating:  For as written, the view expressed above condemns ALL adherents of the Moslem faith.  It fails to make a crucial distinction between a fundamentalist Islam which is hostile to the West, and the adherents of a moderate, tolerant and peaceful Islam.

A view which would have you believe that Islam speaks with a single voice, and that it is a voice which advocates violence against the giaour (infidel), is not only mistaken, it is pernicious.  And it should be disavowed by every thoughtful person.  We are, regrettably, engaged in a war with Islamic fanatics.  But we most certainly are NOT at war with all of Islam.

Perhaps the author failed to notice that innocent Moslems were among the victims of the vicious and cowardly attacks of 9-11.

- Tiresias -