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UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

As I watched the surreal images of the burning twin tower buildings, I felt my heart sink with every falling brick. I saw the horrified look on my child's face as tears came down her cheeks.

We were in a state of shock and disbelief that such hatred could be aimed toward a country that is in the forefront of helping other nations in time of need.

The reason for such blind hatred is irrelevant at the moment, as our nation stands united in our resolve to find the perpetrators of this heinous crime and inflict upon them and their supporters the punishment they so deserve.

I must admit that I am at a loss in understanding how quick the media began demonizing the Muslim religion. Terrorism has neither ethnicity nor religion; it is pure evil, it is the devil incarnate.

It is irresponsible and morally deplorable to make a blanket judgment about an entire religion or ethnic group based on the actions of a few individuals. It would be incomprehensible to label Timothy McVeigh or the Ku Klux Klan as American Christians.

The Muslim community is an integral part of our society and does not need to reaffirm its pledge of allegiance after each news broadcast or radio talk show.

The media should call for unity, and not ignite the fuse of division among us at a time when our nation needs to stand united in the face of a stealth enemy that is bent on destroying our way of life.

BASEM MADDAH
East Amherst

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