Opinion: Response to Terror Attacks Must Not Lead to More Violence, Death, and Hatred

July 7, 2005

Source: Muslim Wake Up!


On July 7, 2005 Muslim Wake Up! ran an opinion piece by Dr. Muqtedar Khan, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Jihad For Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations, on the London terrorist attacks. Khan writes, "This madness must stop before the world is caught in a spiral of violence that will not only tear asunder the very moral fiber of our civilization, but also jeopardize the possibility of any reconciliation between civilizations... Islam was sent as mercy to humanity, yet some merciless barbarians insist on sullying its teachings by unleashing the evil that corrodes their own souls. There is a message in this for all of us. In the pursuit of political and ideological goals we are forgetting the sacred value of life itself. Since 9/11 thousands of innocent civilians have died, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Spain, in Turkey, in Indonesia, and now in London. Can we find a way to deal with these tragedies in such a way that it does not lead to more deaths, more violence, more anger, and more hatred?"