Editorials Regarding the Backlash, Scapegoating: Immediate Responses (Sept 13-16)

September 13, 2001

Source: MSNBC


On September 13, 2001, MSNBC featured an opinion piece by Ira Rifkin. He noted, "Remember, New York is a polyglot. Many Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans undoubtedly were among the tens of thousands who worked at the World Trade Center, and may have died there Tuesday. The damage done to Islam in America, and probably across the Western world, is incalculable. It appears that terrorists who hijacked the Koran to cloak their hatred will, in the end, have hurt those who follow the Koran as much, or perhaps more, as anybody. Whoever is responsible cared little about whom they killed — Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist. None were spared."