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Reader comment on item: The Enemy Within [and the Need for Profiling]

Submitted by Anis (India), Jan 25, 2003 at 03:51

Since some Islamists have committed horrendous acts of terrorism and that too unashamedly in the name of Islam, it is but natural for people to be wary of Islam and suspicious of Muslims in particular.

As an Indian Muslim, I know the feeling.

I appreciate your clarifying the fact that 7 out of 8 Muslims (thats 98%) are NOT Islamists and in fact, practice a peaceful version of the faith.

I have constantly urged fellow moderate Muslims to speak out and warn the rest about the dangers posed by these terrorists who look like us, have names similar to ours, but who function according to a dangerous, totalitarian, violent ideology.

But now after 9/11, we are all under the scanner and I think that Muslims must cooperate wholeheartedly rather than resent the profiling because it is in their interests too.

If they have nothing to hide they have no reason to fear.

As long as the profiling is done in a sensitive, respectful way, I have no problems with it.

It is important to tell everyone that most Muslims are against terror too, and they can be a great source of humint (human intelligence) in this war against terrorism.
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