To the editor:
The Muslim community in the United States is well aware of the effects and causes of terrorism and they are the first to condemn and decry its use. However, police and political leaders are unaware of this and think American Muslims can do more to stop this crime, hence the investigation by the Congress into this matter.
Terrorism is a heinous way of making a statement or changing thinking. We know that it kills and destroys people and infrastructure, but does not work. Muslims are aware of this and decry its use, and of course its effects.
Most Muslims in America are unaware of planning or carrying out an act of terrorism and, because we are Americans too, we would stop it at all cost. Our reputation has been severely damaged by individuals who have committed these despicable and heinous crimes, and they who would plan a terrorist attack against the United States would do it in complete silence and secrecy.
How could any investigation into the Muslim community derive information pertaining to these individuals? Simply, it can’t. This investigation is a waste of time, human and financial resources, not to mention the hysteria it will cause among the American people who do not understand Islam or Muslims and blame every Muslim for the crimes of so few.