- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 10, 2005

Terror in London

As people of conscience, American Muslims unequivocally condemn Thursday’s barbaric attacks against innocent civilians in London (“Terror in the heart of London,” Page 1, Friday). These crimes can never be justified or excused. We offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in these attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.

No legitimate cause can ever be furthered by such criminal behavior. Any Muslim who commits such acts in the name of Islam is in fact defiling its essence.

In 2004, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights advocacyorganization, launched an online petition drive called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition states in part: “We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad.”



SHAMA FAROOQ

Director of Civil Rights

Council on American-Islamic Relations Maryland & Virginia

Bethesda

As the American people wiped the sleep from their eyes and began their days on Thursday, we were confronted with images of horror that are all too familiar to us.

Once again, the worst of humanity reared its evil head and innocent mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters — everyday people — were cut down in absolute barbarism. In this chapter of the war on terror, it was not New Yorkers, Pentagon workers or air travelers, but our British cousins commuting to work who became the victims in our fight to rid the world of global terrorism.

Following the September 11 attacks on our country, the British government and the British people stood by the American people and together we embarked on a great struggle against the global terrorist networks. We have for centuries enjoyed a cooperative alliance with the British, and, once again, that alliance has been refreshed with blood.

Last week, the American people celebrated the day our forebearers declared independence from the British Empire. The world is very different from the days of the Revolutionary War, but the same beliefs on which our ancestors fought for independence are still at issue today: the beliefs that men should be free and live without fear. These are beliefs that are shared by our sister republic across the pond. Those beliefs were tested in America on September 11, 2001, and in Britain on July 7, 2005.

Last century, the British and American people fought tyranny and evil in its purest form, enduring many hardships and persevering, united, through some of the darkest times in the history of man. As the people of Britain stood alone against the onslaught of the German juggernaut during the Blitz of 1940, the devotion, beliefs and faith of the British people and their leaders gave freedom in the world the chance to survive. This time, the people of Britain are not alone in the attack on their nation and the American people stand with them once again on the front line of defending freedom.

Tomorrow is another day, a day to mourn and rebuild, but it is also a day to learn and take action. The great Briton Winston Churchill, as Britain stood alone, stated that, “Every morn brought forth a noble chance, and every chance brought forth a noble knight.” This morn is our chance to put the divisions formed by the war in Iraq behind us and press the attack against those who despise freedom and liberty.

A member of the European Union has been attacked and I do hope that the members of that union will now be more engaged in the conflict. It is the task of our noble knights in the war on terror, whether they wear the Union Jack or the Stars and Stripes on their shoulder, to keep the violence over there on the enemy’s soil and not in our streets. As in the past, there will be a day when this war ends, as all wars have, and victory will once again be ours.

We will be able to achieve that new victorious day, when all of the people of the world will walk in freedom and be safe from terrorism. That day is a long way from now, but it will come. Until then, the people of the United States, Great Britain and all those states that stand for liberty and justice must remain vigilant and stay the course. For at this point, there is no alternative but to advance the cause of freedom and defeat this evil at its roots.

MICHAEL KRAUSE

Columbus, Ga.

The horror of terrorism reminds us that we are yet at war. The families and associates of the injured and dead must grieve because they are human. However, only a weak, irresolute — even hysterical — civilization grinds to a halt over four-dozen war deaths — however awful those deaths may be.

The self-defined arbiters of our therapeutic culture are destroying our ability to fight, and out of “niceness” conditioning too many of us unwittingly go along. Aging hippies, activists and other assorted no-goodniks, who passionately hate the civilization that protects them, are actively undermining the war effort with endless, penitential weeping, a liturgy of self-loathing for “making the enemy do this to us.”

The hippies despise useful warlike emotions. Anger is a sign of fear and weakness; rage is abusive; and vengeance is just plain wrong. But this is war, a world war, and a combination of constant guilt, weeping, self-destructive niceness and pop-psych mass therapy is a recipe for defeat.

The best way for society to honor our dead is to ignore the hippies, harden our resolve and redouble our efforts to win. We could do much to assuage our grief as a nation, as a civilization, by destroying the source of that grief by smashing our evil enemies and driving their benighted ideas down the same pesthole where now rot Nazism, Stalinism and other grotesque ideologies.

Every human life is sacred. But unless we shake the pernicious tendency wherein casualties of a just and necessary war disrupt our entire civilization, we cannot and will not win.

MARK PETRINA

Chicago

The terrorist bombings in London represent only one chapter in the continuing effort of the adherents of Wahhabism, an extreme form of Islam, to impose their agenda on the West. Unfortunately, the roots of the terror can be traced back to thehistoricmeetingof President Roosevelt and King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia in Egypt from Feb. 13-15, 1945, only two months before Roosevelt’s death.

During that meeting, in exchange for the free flow of oil to the West (a pledge broken by King Faisal during the Yom Kippur War of 1973), the United States promised that it would not interfere in the internal affairs of that kingdom, including religious intolerance and its political agenda. The result has been devastating, as Saudi Arabia has not only practiced an extreme form of Islam, characterized by intolerance toward other religions, but exported it worldwide through imams trained and financed by Saudi Arabia.

We are now reaping the fruits of that historic mistake, not only in the bombings in London, but in Madrid, the United States and Argentina, to mention only a few. Until the Western world adopts a firm policy toward Saudi Arabia as an exporter of terror, we can be sure that attacks similar to the ones in London will continue.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

We witness again, in London, terrorists’ unspeakable attacks against innocent men, women and children whose country’s policies are not in accord with the political and religious dictates of radical Islamic fundamentalism. We do not yet know the final casualty tolls from this attack. Innocents die to score political points. Rome burns; we fiddle.

And, how should we respond? How about with accelerated due process — special civilian tribunals or courts designed to judicially dispose of the perpetrators of such violence? There should also be accelerated docketing, trials and verdicts and certain execution of punishment unencumbered by the delays of other criminal trials in already crowded court systems.

Bring back the garrote, the gallows, the guillotine, gas chambers, whatever methods of public execution are palatable to the local society. Brutal? You bet. But we are fighting brutal barbarians intent upon destroying us and our way of life. Other than the moral high ground, there is little advantage in having one hand tied behind your back fighting according to Marquis of Queensbury rules when you are in a knife fight. If we are to prevail, we must be prepared to meet violence with greater violence, not in kind, but in response. This is the genesis of our military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq and the reason we must prevail.

Perhaps a ray of sunshine can come from this latest tragedy. Rather than prattling on about global warming, AIDS, African poverty, the leaders of the G-8 need to recognize that terrorism is the enemy at the gates and they must devote all their political, economic and military resources to its defeat.

J.E. STOLL

Stafford, Va

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