America's security, and your
legacy, Mr. President, lie in eliminating the causes of terrorism
by Enver Masud
WASHINGTON, DC -- We pray for the victims of the
attack on America, for their families, and friends. We commend President Bush's
measured response, and his efforts to assure that Muslims, Arabs, and foreigners
do not become victims of ignorance and xenophobia. But we have concerns for the
The devastating, September 11, 2001 attack on America's military and
financial centers shocked and horrified the world, and came as a surprise to
most Americans. "Why do they hate us?" asked President Bush.
America wasn't attacked just because "they hate us." Only a few among major
news media dared to tell the truth. The World Trade Center and the Pentagon
symbolized what many in the world view, not always correctly, as a major source
of their deprivation and misery.
That Americans were surprised is evidence of the failure of major news media
to communicate to Americans the reality of the world in which we live. Years of
biased reporting and half-truths have left Americans poorly informed of the
enemies we have created.
While Americans are usually welcomed around the world, America is often
"hated." The War on Islam answers
"why?" Informed Americans, demanding the best from our leaders and news media,
and justice for all, may be our best hope for peace in this century.
By all means, bring the guilty to justice, but let's not let the hawks in the
U.S. establishment escalate the conflict. This will encourage retaliation, and
diminish the security we've enjoyed in America. The path to greater security for
all lies in eliminating the causes of terrorism: injustice and greed.
This is the direction in which we urge President Bush to lead America. The
president that does this will secure our future, build goodwill around the
world, and leave an enduring legacy.
[Enver Masud is founder of The Wisdom Fund]
Sidney Blumenthal, "Pentagon
experts have made a discovery: Muslims do not hate America's
freedoms, but its policies," Guardian, December 2, 2004
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September 07, 2006