i can understand anger and bitterness. but, we have to remember that many of these "towelheads" are our friends and neighbors. only a small radical fraction is made up of terrorists. much of the horrible mess of the middle east stems from governments there trying desperately to keep the radical elements at bay.
i have good friends who are muslim from egypt and turkey. i've also had some friends and colleagues from iran, pakistan, palestine, saudi arabia, lebanon, and other places. they were fine people. and they are just as shocked as you and i. some of them are trying their damndest to fight muslim fundamentalists in their homelands.
my point is this: if we start getting racist and saying things like "nuke the towelheads" then we're no better than those who say "kill the infidels". if we stop to think, we realize that.
i've already heard of attacks and threats on arab-americans. i hope none of it happens around me. i will stand for civilization against barbarism. terrorism is the weapon of barbarians, whether they're crashing planes into buildings, burning crosses, or assaulting people based on race, religion, creed, or nationality.
we were targeted tuesday in a declaration of war between barbarism and civilization. it's time to take a firm stand in favor of civilization. if we turn to hatred and eye-for-an-eye retaliation, then the barbarians have already won. i don't want the 21st century to be remembered as the beginning of a new dark ages.