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Islamic Agitation Is Significant

Reader comment on item: [Naveed Haq and] "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" in Seattle

Submitted by linda (United States), Aug 8, 2006 at 19:03

In 1993 I was working in Manhattan. One day I was on my way to work from my home in Greenwich Village, in a cab, to the office where I worked in Times Square. The cab driver began to talk in an agitated manner about American lewdness and asked why Americans hate Arabs. He told me how Arabs are so wonderful and brilliant, and so on.

I didn't quite know what to say, and said that, yes, one of my favorite writers was Arab -- Kahlil Gibran. I didn't yet understand Islamic hatred, as I was young and naive and all. He suddenly became even more angry and started driving like a maniac. When he stopped at some point I just handed him about twice the fare without my change and got the hell out of the cab.

The World Trade Center was attacked later that year. I have always wondered about this guy. You never know. This kind of extreme agitation -- certainly can lead to a willing participant in such an attack.

Looking back on it now, I always laugh when I think about it. Yet behind the humor there's that edge of frightening reality.


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