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Submitted by tramis (United States), Jun 2, 2003 at 11:34

If you would, please read the article by Alexander Kizuk. Obviously an educated man and a Moslem, he does not hold to many of the stereotypes and generalizations given here for that demographical group. I would ask why people are so upset when the American justice system has worked the way it is supposed to and arrested the actual perpetrators of the crime. This is no cause to profile academics Moslems any more than we already are. This is no cause to automatically prejudge any Middle Eastern experts as terrorists and radicals. As always in the postmodern world, there are people on both sides of the issue from the same background and experience. We should not be surprised at this, especially in Amercia where people are taught to think for themselves. I would advise the zealots to let the people who know do their jobs objectively without reverting to personal hatred and generalizations. Sometimes the establishment we all are so fond of condemning works the way it should, and ignorance desires to let our passion for justice rule over our helplessness in the matter and carry us too far in a direction we as a nation have resolved never to go again.

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