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American Muslims Are Americans. Let's Act Like It
Opinion Journal ^ | September 14, 2001 | Tarek E. Masoud

Posted on 09/16/2001 7:26:43 PM PDT by jokemoke

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:03:31 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Are Americans.

Let's Act Like It.

Friday, September 14, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT There's a famous photo of a Japanese-owned grocery store in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor with these words emblazoned across the front: "I AM AN AMERICAN." It accurately encapsulates the way many of us in the Islamic and Arab community feel at this hour. As it becomes ever more apparent that our co-religionists have visited slaughter upon our compatriots, so many of us want to declare from the rooftops our allegiance to this great nation, to show our solidarity with our fellow citizens, and to join the fight against our common enemy.


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1 posted on 09/16/2001 7:26:43 PM PDT by jokemoke
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To: zook
Bump.
2 posted on 09/16/2001 7:28:45 PM PDT by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: jokemoke
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3 posted on 09/16/2001 7:31:07 PM PDT by super175
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To: jokemoke
It is time for the Muslim community to join this country, or they will be forever seperated.

Unfortunately, at times it appears that this is what they want.

4 posted on 09/16/2001 7:33:06 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: jokemoke
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5 posted on 09/16/2001 7:33:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: jokemoke
I hear Muslims say they are tearful over the attacks. They say the attacks are wrong. They say they are not responsible and are a peaceful people. How many Muslims have called for justice? How many Muslims have called for the destruction / eradication / extermination of these sons of satan???

If a Christian or Jew was responsible for these acts, Christians and Jews would be calling for swift justice.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I see the Muslim community as being a brotherhood. They will not condemn their evil brothers???

6 posted on 09/16/2001 7:34:29 PM PDT by undergroundwarrior
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To: jokemoke
God Bless Mr. Masoud and those like him. (It's about time you spoke up!)
7 posted on 09/16/2001 7:34:40 PM PDT by Chairman Fred
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To: Bella_Bru
Ping.
8 posted on 09/16/2001 7:37:20 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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To: jokemoke
How many Arab Americans have been donating blood, making monetary contributions, raising a flag, etc...? James Sogby - Arab American Institute --> Inquiring minds would like to know!
9 posted on 09/16/2001 7:37:32 PM PDT by Bush2004
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To: ConsistentLibertarian
I admire the sentiments. But the best things that Arab-Americans can do is to go above and beyond.

1) Speak out daily against these hijackers of Islam. Curse them, condemn them, loudly and at every opportunity. Don't just respond. Take the lead in condemning them.
2) When passing through security checks at airports don't make the authorities racially profile you, do it yourself. You know that these terrorists are primarily Arabs and that authorities will be interested simply to protect the country. Volunteer information, ask them if you can assist.
3) Report any non-citizens who behave suspiciously or make anti-US statements in your mosques or communities. Keep your own house clean.
4) Be careful of the Yay-hoos out there.

Someday we may get into a war with a caucasian nation. You will be clear during that one. Its not done out of racial hate, its done out of racial reality.
10 posted on 09/16/2001 7:38:05 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: undergroundwarrior
"They will not condemn their evil brothers?" Hmmm, where has this rang true before? C-L-I-N-T-O-N I am right with you on this one. James Sogby needs to convince me that Arab Americans really are acting like Americans because I've seen no evidence of it yet.
11 posted on 09/16/2001 7:40:58 PM PDT by Bush2004
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To: jokemoke
I would feel more comfortable if all non-American arabs were deported.
12 posted on 09/16/2001 7:41:25 PM PDT by Osinski
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To: jokemoke
Make it your duty to go out of the way to reassure any Americans of Mid-East Ethnic, or religious, background, that you think it is wrong for anyone in America to treat them as though they had something to do with this attack.

We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment during WWII.

13 posted on 09/16/2001 7:42:36 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: jokemoke
Like the New Yorkers who even now are volunteering in greater numbers than relief workers can make use of, it is time for American Muslims to start acting like Americans. Mr. Masoud is a graduate student at Yale.

Yes, and the real test is how many of them provide INTEL on the Moslems who have infiltrated our nation to murder us.

14 posted on 09/16/2001 7:44:04 PM PDT by a_witness
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To: jokemoke
Perhaps a bit off topic but I can't resist.

In my neighborhood, all around, businesses are flying the Colors or have put up signs of support and the like. In the midst of this outpouring there are five Arab owned/operated conventient stores and gas stations. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM HAS FLOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG OR MADE ANY EFFORT WHATSOEVER TO DEMOSTRATE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE ATTACK OR TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR AMERICA. This is in striking contrast to the many oriental owned businesses that are flying flags or have just put a hand written poster of support in their windows. Perhaps I'm over-sensitive right now but it really ticks me off.

/End rant
15 posted on 09/16/2001 7:44:21 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Arkinsaw
great points
5) Turn into the FBI all people you know that have given more than 10$ to the PLO, hezbela, Ben Leden, Kafafi, Iran or any other terrorists.
16 posted on 09/16/2001 7:46:09 PM PDT by ao98
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To: jokemoke

17 posted on 09/16/2001 7:46:16 PM PDT by BurkeanCyclist
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To: jokemoke
Good post.

Here's the fatwa I would need to see before I start believing they're really against Oscuma bint Larden:

On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill Osama bin Ladin and his allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate Islam from the grip of a murderous terrorist and his satanic followers, and in order for them to be defeated and unable to threaten any person anywhere.

When I see this hypothetical fatwa activated, I'll start to reconsider certain opinions. Until then, they remain.

18 posted on 09/16/2001 7:46:39 PM PDT by neutrino (neutrino)
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To: TheDon
Make it your duty to go out of the way to reassure any Americans of Mid-East Ethnic, or religious, background, that you think it is wrong for anyone in America to treat them as though they had something to do with this attack.

No, watch them carefully to see what they do. Protect them as you would any American citizen but watch them carefully. We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment during WWII.

This day of infamy was carried out by Islamic Terrorists from within. It differs entirely from Pearl Harbor in that respect. One would be foolish to discount the public reports that there are hundreds of these Terrorist cells operating in America. I'll give you a clue. They are not hiding out and receiving support in your local synagogues.

19 posted on 09/16/2001 7:49:01 PM PDT by a_witness
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To: jokemoke
If American Muslims act like Americans, I will treat them like Americans.
If they don't, I won't.
20 posted on 09/16/2001 7:49:07 PM PDT by RightWinger
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To: jokemoke
Where is the fatwa against bin Ladin from American imams?

American Muslims: your countrymen lie dead. Many of them were Muslim. Bin Ladin murders the innocent and profanes the Quran and Mohammed by pretending that to speak for Islam.

If writing a naughty book is worthy of a fatwa, isn't this?

21 posted on 09/16/2001 7:49:20 PM PDT by cicero's_son
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To: undergroundwarrior
I heard a question by a reporter to a leader of the Arab-American community in the US.... he said, what is this community doing to help find and expose the terrorists? I guess that's the question, how many tips have been called in? We may never know but it seems to me that those in this community would be more likely to have relevant information than someone like me who rarely encounters someone from the middle east.
22 posted on 09/16/2001 7:50:20 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: Bush2004
Arab Americans do not need to do either more or less than any other American to prove their allegiance.

Funny...so many Freepers claim to be against the Balkanization of this country by politicians for political gain. How many times have I read on this board that we should just get rid of the hyphen-Americans that the race warlords and leftists use to divide us and refer to us as Americans.

Those who profess to believe this but now single out Arab Americans for special scrutiny are hypocrites. If you are an American citizen, I don't care what color your skin is or what religion you follow, or if you own guns, and neither should you.

23 posted on 09/16/2001 7:50:31 PM PDT by Jesse
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To: Texas_Jarhead
I hear you friend. I manage a neighborhood bar and grill surrounded by Arab/Muslim grocery stores, liquor stores, 99 cents stores, and gas stations. I AM THE ONLY ONE THAT PUT UP AN AMERICAN FLAG outside. Yes, I'm really pissed. I will not treat them any different for NOT doing the same, however, they DO need to show the same support!
25 posted on 09/16/2001 7:50:47 PM PDT by splint
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To: TheDon
I see that many of us have been well trained in "sensitivity", whether they will admit it or not. (Most likely self trained and self censored.) No, the internment camps will not happen again. And that is too bad, because the silence from the Arab Ametrican community, except to claim the victim status, has been stunning. Yesterday (Saturday) a former Secret Service agent interviewed on FOX said he was apalled that a Muslim imam who had led an anti -American demonstration a year earlier at Lafayette Park was invited to speak at the Washington Cathedral service on Friday (Sorry I didn't note the names!) His concern was dismissed by the FOX daytime newsguy with the usual "free country, free speech" claptrap.
26 posted on 09/16/2001 7:51:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat!
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To: TheDon
We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment during WWII.

Why?

27 posted on 09/16/2001 7:52:18 PM PDT by wastoute
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To: TheDon
We must not repeat the travesty of the Japanese Internment of WWII

I keep hearing this but, I am not convinced it was a travesty. Unfortunate, yes. I hope the people weren't mis-treated but, I understand the percieved need to do this. I hope we don't enter an era where we are terrorized as the Israelis are. We may again see the need to separate ourselves from a large group of specific people. This is war.

28 posted on 09/16/2001 7:52:50 PM PDT by umgud
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To: jokemoke
I can hear my co-religionists now, arguing that the Muslims bear no special responsibility for these attacks, that a community of six million law-abiding Americans should not apologize just because a few of them committed a crime.

The Muslims of America do not have to apologize for something they didn't do.

The people who did this will be punished.

Nonetheless, it is disturbing that the Muslim-American community is behaving like any other special-interest racial group in America, with its leadership more concerned about imagined victimhood than in unity with other Americans. The balkanization of this country continues.

Meanwhile, the quiet memorials and ceremonies and church services I've witnessed in America bear no resemblance to the angry shouting that I see among Muslims when even one of their number is killed. And should one of our bombs accidently harm innocents in Afghanistan, you won't see children dancing and laughing in the streets of America in celebration.

There's a difference between the Cross of Christ and the Sword of Mohammed.

29 posted on 09/16/2001 7:55:11 PM PDT by 537 Votes
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To: jokemoke
Bump
30 posted on 09/16/2001 7:55:22 PM PDT by Jacvin
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Well, TJ, here's a story for you:

On Tuesday, my spouse was at work, and keeping the TV on to get news while I was working at a federal facility. A business meeting between the Korean owner and another Korean national was going on at the time. The owner kept turning the TV off. The other Korean actually had the incredible stupidity to laugh at a scene of the attack. Spouse flies off the handle. Sparks fly, meeting is moved off site, TV remains on. Guess who jumps in on the American side? It was the Bosnian Muslim who works there. I don't blame ya for being mad, but don't jump to conclusions.

31 posted on 09/16/2001 7:55:52 PM PDT by BubbasGottaGo
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To: Chairman Fred
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32 posted on 09/16/2001 7:55:55 PM PDT by semaj
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Guess what bozo. I haven't put up a flag in front of my business either, and I can list 20 other businesses in my town who are also owned by white males who haven't either. Doesn't mean squat...some people don't feel a need to display their beliefs.

You're exhibiting exactly the logic of statists everywhere, including this country. Gee, we just can't trust those Arabs, now, can we? Awhile back, it was Gee, we just can't trust those gun owners now, can we? Better register them Arabs. Better register them gun owners.

Memo to Texas_Jarhead...pull your head out of the jar...you need oxygen bad, boy.

34 posted on 09/16/2001 7:57:29 PM PDT by Jesse
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To: semaj
I just did a Google for Islamic forum, and found:

http://www.sunnah.org/forum/enter.htm

There's a post there blaming Israel for the attack. So much for Islamic truth and justice. What a corrupt religion!

35 posted on 09/16/2001 7:57:46 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: wastoute
Why?
Because they were citizens of the United States and the Constitution of the United States prohibits the government from imprisoning citizens for indeterminate times with no charges.
36 posted on 09/16/2001 7:59:49 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: jokemoke
American Muslims Are Americans. Let's Act Like It

I will if they will.

Mr Masoud is evidently already educated beyond his intelligence.
It is entirely appropriate that when Mass Murder on a wholesale scale is perpetrated, that the perpetrators need to be found ASAP.
I doubt that even a sleeper would go to the trouble of getting citizenship. Let's see if this is clear enough for our room-temperature IQ liberal Freepers...

Muslims who are here illegaly and other Muslims who are here as temporary guests who verbalize hatred towards their hosts, should be deported immediately.
And the remaining Mass Murderers still loose among us should be found and stopped; dead or alive.

Is that clear enough?
Note there is no mention anywhere of American citizens.

37 posted on 09/16/2001 8:00:36 PM PDT by Publius6961
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To: patchpics
I have a feeling that before this is all over, we are going to find out that some home grown terrorists are involved too. I have a bad feeling that this is a massive coodinated effort of many many terrorist organizations both foreign and domestic.
38 posted on 09/16/2001 8:00:37 PM PDT by Beeline40@aol.com
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To: jokemoke
Bump!

This fine young man hits the nail on the head. I have been reading Arab-American websites and checking the news stories that have been popping up about the anticipated and feared wave of anti-arab prejudice that is sure to come. But I keep feeling that something is missing frim these expressions of condolences and the whining about how they face twice the psychic damage from this tragedy becuase they have to "keep looking over their shoulders," and how "we don't yet know who did these crimes" etc. They just don't want to deal with the reality that the great majority of the terror in the last 30 years has been perpretated in the name of the Islamist cause, or at least for the political purpose of Arab regimes. They refuse to denounce all suicide bombers, because the ones who blow up teenagers in Israeli discoteques are "different" because, well, because they are part of a "struggle" against Israeli policies vs, the Palestinian people.

The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination website describes a poll taken of Americans asking them about their impressions of Palestinians, etc. They seem shocked and a bit huffy that Americans, across the board, find suicide bombings of innocent civilians unacceptable. Reading this, I get the feeling that they believe that with the right marketing and focus group campaign that americans can be persuaded that such bombings are a legitimate form of social protest.

If these guys are good, patriotic Americans, then announce that they are going to volunteer to help the FBI by infiltrating the terror fifth-columns that exist to support the murdering monsters that have attempted to decapitate the American nation. Stop trying to out-victim the true victims, suck it up, expect that a few isolated nut jobs are going to harrass or even attack you, and work to make America safe to live in. Tell your cousins and uncles back in the Old Country to stop the horrible propaganda about America that calls us a Zionist-controlled puppet. I swear, the kind of loony tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory stuff that the anti-American Arabs spew out is as bad or worse than the crap the Aryan nations and their ilk barf up.

I would say to the Arab-American community: Sign up for the armed forces, roll bandages, give to the Red Cross. You don't hear New Yorkers whining now, do you? Then neither should you.

Just one man's opinion.

40 posted on 09/16/2001 8:01:11 PM PDT by PatrickHenryEsq
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To: jokemoke
A little proactivity would not be out of place from Muslim-Americans.

And maybe there is more of that than we think; especially intelligence info over the last week.

41 posted on 09/16/2001 8:03:01 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Jalapeno
*** It is time for the Muslim community to join this country, or they will be forever seperated. Unfortunately, at times it appears that this is what they want. ***

The irony of such a statement is that by making such a statement, we are in fact re-inforcing the view that they are separate. By demanding that they make a collective GROUP showing of loyalty and alligence, we are in fact singling them out as different from the rest of us and that "they" whom we (the rest of us who are not like "them") have conspicously picked out as different from us group must now demonstrate to the rest of us that they are not different.

Why can't the Muslim in this country be like just everyone else in the country,(I mean, this is what we are asking, right?) - to behave as each individual may choose - some do more and care more, some do less and care less - as oppose to having to come to the fore as a separate "group" and make some collective statement representing their group - and we then accuse them of being cliquish and not willing to become part of the rest of us.

42 posted on 09/16/2001 8:05:37 PM PDT by Republican Party Reptile
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To: jokemoke
It's not American Muslims that worry me---it's the continuing presence of enemies of this country who may be the shock troops of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism who may be planning for a series of sporadic attacks who knows how, who knows where, as soon as ANY military action takes place in the Middle East, whether initially in Afghanistan or elsewhere. I think enough of them are still here to do serious damage, and I don't know what's being done to root them out and detain them.
43 posted on 09/16/2001 8:06:03 PM PDT by willyboyishere
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To: ao98
I heard that every Muslim, as part of the practising of their faith, is obliged to pay a 'tax' ('Khums' - meaning 1/5th), the proceeds of which are to the further the interests of the religion. I would be curious to know whether any of this money provided funding for the events of 9/11.
44 posted on 09/16/2001 8:06:47 PM PDT by droberts
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To: jokemoke
hat else can we do to help?"

Mr. Masoud has asked the right question. Our country needs the help of all its patriots in this time of need and peril. Millions of Muslim-Americans are good and true citizens. There are special ways that Arab-Americans, indeed all Muslim-Americans can help defend America. This may be one: Arab-Americans should take a central role in identifying effective ways of eliminating Arab terrorists from our midst without injuring the rights or feelings of good and true citizens. Those terrorists swim among us, using the freedoms of our open society to commit atrocities. They must not be allowed to goad us into striking out blindly at good and true citizens of the Muslim faith or Arabic descent. Your country needs you, Mr. Masoud, and all those like you. Help us.

45 posted on 09/16/2001 8:07:59 PM PDT by Whilom
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Perhaps I'm over-sensitive right now but it really ticks me off.

Nah. You're not off base.

But I can assure you that you'll be hearing from losers who also don't give a s**t about their country asking: what's the big deal?

They will fail to note the difference in behavior between groups.
We have our own share of domestic idiots.

46 posted on 09/16/2001 8:08:37 PM PDT by Publius6961
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To: wastoute. The Don
In actuality, if you did a microfiche search of local California newspapers within the San Joaquin Valley area for that period, you would soon realize that there were sound reasons for interning the California Japanese population. During that period there were discovered numerous caches of weapons and explosives secreted on farms throughout the area. A friend of mine recounted how his father in-laws' family reported one such cache to the authorities and meritoriously recognized for their duty to the country after the war.
47 posted on 09/16/2001 8:08:53 PM PDT by semaj
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To: PatrickHenryEsq
Just one man's opinion.

Probably the opinion of many. Bravo.

48 posted on 09/16/2001 8:10:05 PM PDT by randog
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To: Jesse
Yur makin' no sense!
49 posted on 09/16/2001 8:10:17 PM PDT by splint
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To: 537 Votes
"There's a difference between the Cross of Christ and the Sword of Mohammed."

I would say the difference is like the deep chasm that separates heaven from hell.

50 posted on 09/16/2001 8:12:32 PM PDT by semaj
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