How Muslims should respond to terror
May 25th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

How Muslims should respond to terror

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

By Fareed Zakaria

The sheer barbarism of the attack on a British soldier in Woolwich is really beyond comprehension – the alleged murderers are said to have hacked the victim to death, waited for the police to arrive, and seemed to encourage people to videotape their brutality.

And yet, we have to search for some way to think about what appears to be our future.

Terrorism used to be about something big and dramatic. But perhaps because groups like al Qaeda are on the run, their people hunted, their money tracked, their hideouts bombed, Woolwich and Boston have become the new faces of terror – a few people, disturbed or fanatical, radicalized by things they have read or watched, decide to commit evil.

How do you detect this kind of danger? It seems impossible.

This was the first terrorist killing on British soil since the London bus and subway bombings in 2005. In fact, since the Madrid and London bombings, there have been just three times that Islamic terrorists have killed people in Western Europe – Woolwich, the equally gruesome 2012 murders in France that killed French soldiers and children and a Rabbi, and the killing of U.S. soldiers in Frankfurt.

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Europe's governments have been doing a good job with police and counter-terrorism work – and that might explain the relative calm of recent years. They have also done a much better job than in the past at reaching out and helping to integrate their Muslim communities. And the communities have been responding much more strongly against these isolated acts committed by murderers in the name of Islam.

The Muslim Council of Britain issued an unequivocal statement condemning the latest killing, supporting British soldiers, and urging the police to do whatever it needed to, unhindered and unhampered. That is precisely the kind of statement all leaders of Muslim communities need to make whenever one of these kinds of attacks takes place.

I understand the feeling that some have that they should not be held responsible for the actions of a few perverted madmen. But the trouble is that these madmen claim that they are killing in the name of Islam and someone has to refute their claims – as often as they make them.

Now...the alleged murderer in Woolwich claimed that he was retaliating against British soldiers killing Muslims in Afghanistan.

I wish Muslim leaders would make the point that British – and American and other allied soldiers – are in Afghanistan at the invitation of the democratically elected government of that country. They are defending that government and Muslims every day from terrorist attacks and insurgent warfare. If these people want to protest the killing of Muslims, they should direct their wrath at the Taliban and al Qaeda and other jihadi groups because they are the ones who are killing Muslims and many others.

We need to hear this message more often and more loudly.

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  1. TopView20

    The only safe and reasonable solution is no Islam in the USA; none. Nothing else makes sense when considering the safety of American citizens. No Muslims in the USA.

    June 12, 2013 at 6:04 am | Reply
  2. Shab

    Unfortunately, killing to preserve Islamic values is justified in the Quran core-text. As an atheist, I condemn killing for religion, I don't care Islam, Christianity or Judaism.

    June 12, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
  3. markjuliansmith

    "The sheer barbarism of the attack on a British soldier in Woolwich is really beyond comprehension."

    Why are you shocked 'really beyond comprehension.' when these acts are occurring every day across the globe. These perpetrators are not psychologically determined as madmen they are sending a terror conversion message.

    Woolwich is beyond comprehension? What about the cutting off of a school girls head and throwing it onto the steps of the local church in Indonesia? Teenage boys executed in Syria and Afghanistan. The list goes on.

    As Tony Blair told policy makers recently humanity better start being honest about why the terror is continuing and expected to result in major schism cultural foundation text ("slovenliness of .. language") consistently informs a Muslim Behavioral Variance ('spectrum') Inclusive of Terror.

    Muslims change the construct of Other or humanity forces Muslims to do so or the terror continues. Liberal, moderate, fundamentalist, radical, terrorist under such a construct exist in exactly the same variance without one the other cannot exist.

    An adherent cannot pervert their foundation codex they are the foundation codex.

    Check with various psychological university departments in the US if this is true. Ask "Change the Islamic foundation codex construct of Other change the outcome otherwise nothing changes."?

    Simple question the answer has the potential to bring peace where there is now and will be into the future major schism.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  4. Wasi

    America has gone to hell in a hand basket it seems. The entire comments are full simply of hate. There is not a single person using their brains. What happened to calling a spade a spade? What is wrong has to be called. That means if a Muslim does something wrong call it that. When an American does it call it.
    Istead there are people talking about the west getting radicalized and "WE ARE ACTIVELY HOLDING OUR FIRE IN A LAST-DITCH ATTEMPT TO REASON WITH YOU."
    Holding fire doesn't cause the bloodshed that has already been shed as retribution for 9/11. People blame religion for an eye for an eye leads to the whole world going blind. So what about "wiping out all the Muslims"? Ethnic cleansing is now justified? Unbelieveable. Over 3000 people died on 9/11 and millions have been killed in Iraq, and Afganistan. So what's worse the response from the west or eye for an eye.
    Please tear apart my argument here. But I fail to understand the logic and I am a Muslim. I am the one who supposed to be illogical right? So please tear apart my argument.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
  5. Peace

    I am just shocked at what some of the comments people put. The ignorance of some people(not americans) amazes me. If anyone would want to prove Islam is not peacful(even though it is) the only example you can possibly use is the actions of some crazy people. but to use the Quran, the actions of the Prophet(PBUH), and to insult Allah(SWT), (which by the way, is the same God you belief in) is just ignorant. Those who commit henious crimes are not considered muslim by any means. A true Muslim wants a life of peace, and friendship with everyone in the world. Yes i can speak for the muslims, the true muslims. And please, i understand many people have been misled on the word Jihad. It just means a religious struggle. Me , what i am doing now, telling you about true Islam, can be considered a Jihad. please do not misjudge that word. Peace to all

    June 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  6. Captian Obvious

    @Comments: Why are the ignorant people always the most vocal?
    I can agree with the one thing.. The muslim community and muslims in general need to much more aggressive and vocal in condemning and preventing these acts of terror, because you yourselves are some of the biggest victims. We need more heros willing to stand up and stand out for what they believe is right. Let the world know that you stand with them against this madness.. Terrorism only fuels the fire that actually justifies and causes the very things these radicals are against.
    "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." – Albert Einstein

    June 13, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
  7. kurt murgo

    IMost people just want to live and be safe and you can move on from there. There was the 100 years war with the Christians to name one. The idea that Sunni and Shiite would kill each other because of a difference in a difference a [person is as crazy as the Christian inquisition. As a Christian, I am taught that God wants us to follow his ways because we love him and know how great he is and the good things he does. That is a deeper devotion than the fear of having a body part chopped off. Anytime a government or a group does something wrong (such as killing innocent people) it needs to be criticized. The George Bush/ Cheney legacy is horrible in the USA. Many people believe they are criminals and should be held accountable for their actions. Maybe we are lucky to be able to write this but I rarely hear any large criticism from Islamic leaders anywhere when innocent people are being killed by anyone. One website in our world of immediate communication is not enough. it was only a few years ago when 60 million – 70 million people were killed during world war 2. We all need God and we all need to speak out against injustice everywhere.

    June 17, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
  8. mksyed

    You wrote "I wish Muslim leaders would make the point that British – and American and other allied soldiers – are in Afghanistan at the invitation of the democratically elected government of that country." Get your facts straight about Afghanistan Mr. Zakaria. Which democratically elected government of Afghanistan was in existence? And when exactly did they meaning the democratically elected government of Afghanistan invite the US, UK.. to invade Afghanistan? Mr. Zakaria you represent Muslims and Islam, please get your facts straight.

    June 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • Fuad

      I agree, the Americans and the British were not invited into Afghanistan, they inhumanely invaded a sovereign country.

      July 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
      • willknutsen

        The Coalition Force was invited into Afghanistan exactly the way the Allies were invited to attack the Nazis in Europe: by attacks against the West by terrorist (in this case, Nazi) forces. The Taliban government of Afghanistan was not elected: it shot and terrorized its way to power. It was a terrorist government. The Taliban are still terrorist, but they are out of power, and they are being hunted by the Afghan army. The Taliban is responsible for 85& of all terrorist attacks world wide, but all their attacks are against other Muslims, mostly Shia; and nearly all their cowardly attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I do not mean to say the Coalition Forces did not occasionally commit unwarranted killings, but that was NOT government policy, unlike Taliban policy which IS to kill civilians and other innocents.

        August 14, 2013 at 4:26 am |
    • tofunista

      Well said Mr Syed, Zakaria is too pre-occupied with being an apologist to worry about minor details.

      August 12, 2013 at 7:13 am | Reply
  9. bafans

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    June 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  10. buddesatva

    Agree with the substance and the conclusion of this article.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Scott63

      The western world was introduced to Islam by means of terrorism 30 or so years ago. Sadly, Islamists who did not support terrorism said nothing:therefore, the terms "Islam" and "terrorism" became intertwined in the minds of westerners. It is the duty of the vast majority of peace-lving Muslims to stand up against the few who have so maligned their religion. Why do the majority remain silent?

      August 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Subhash Chandra Kumar

      True ,few Muslim terrorists are creating feelings against community as a whole ,this is more prominently practiced in India,Pakistan,Indonesia Thailand and other Asian countries ,advise the Muslim clergics of this part of the world to understand the international impact of their haterade campaign .

      August 7, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  11. Bill

    I know exactly how they should respond! The same way anyone else responds who had nothing to do with the crime at hand!

    June 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Dan H

      Normally, I would agree. If things were the other way around, and let's say some fanatical Christian preacher galvanized his flock into killing Muslims going about their business through suicide bombs and random acts of terror, then the media declared them "Christian Terrorists" my normal reaction would be to do nothing and think "those guys are whack jobs." If it continued, I would be offended my religion was associated with a bunch of nutters and would speak out. I thiink Muslims as a whole are offended, but not consistently saying "those guys are nothing like me" because of the reinforced "us vs them" mentality of the media.

      August 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  12. Glenn

    As long as it's easy to accuse anyone (especially Muslims or people living in Muslim dominated/non-dominated countries) of blasphemy with no proof–they aren't going to say anything–even if innocent people are killed. Silence seems to be their way and nobody is going to change it.

    July 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • istopper2

      They are silent because they know the truth. The also know that they cannot speak out against Islam because to criticize Islam is punishable by death. Islam is the problem! period..

      July 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
      • Christian fundamentalist

        This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
        Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
        Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
        Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

        I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

        July 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
      • Christian fundamentalist

        Islam is not the problem,, christianity is,, read this please.
        This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
        Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
        Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
        Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

        I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

        July 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
      • k.madhukar

        Why this confusion.World expects the moderate Muslims to condemn the voilent acts of Islamists against others as well as against their own.Who is asking them to criticize Islam ?Why they are afraid of doing this much.Fence sitting does not help in the long run.

        August 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  13. Wake up

    http://www.whyislam.org/

    I think that if every Muslim were to follow the example of the beloved Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, and display Islam through righteous character, we wouldn't have Islamophobes. In fact if Muslims were more accepting of each other, we wouldn't be sidelining our youth into terrorism. We can blame the West for their wars, for disgustingly carving out the Middle East to their liking with no intelligence or forethought. But blaming isn't getting us anywhere. God tells us in the quran that He wont change a people until they change themselves. So wake up, Muslims, and start practicing your religion. Muslims are in a coma and it's about time we wake up to show the beauty of our religion. Imagine if every Muslim acted kindly toward their neighbors? We wouldn't have this problem. Please check out whyislam.org to find out more about islam, and to ask questions. It hurts to see people writing such horrible lies about an ancient and beautiful religion, it really does.

    July 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Moi

      What are you going to do with sura 5:51 take not the Jews and Christians for friends... Besides, you write Mohamed, peace be blah blah blah, isn't the truthful translation in arabic "god's prayers upon him.... who is your god praying to ...he must pray to someone above him (think about that) What example did Mohamed (who didn't have a prophesy) set when he married at age 54 a 9 year old child Aisha, or when he forced his adopted son to divorce his wife in order that he can marry her (said it was his god) what god doesn't hear a prayer except in arabic (an ignorant one obviously) and what god makes mere mortals fight for him and punishes by cutting of limbs. Truly wake up and see that you've been worshiping the devil himself who's making you circle around a stone, kiss a stone, stone a ? total idol worshiping.

      July 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply
      • Christian fundamentalist

        U filthy jew,,
        This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
        Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
        Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
        Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

        I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

        July 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
      • theom1

        @Christian fundamentalist. Most of the violence in the bible is god telling Joseph or someone to exterminate a certain city, at a certain point in time. That is why we don't have as many Christian terrorists, we have some but not nearly as much as we have Muslim terrorists. yes in the bible there are some horrible parts but its different to Islam in Islam its an open ended call to jihad and to kill the enemy's of Islam whenever and however. Terrorist groups like Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban actually are following the Qua' ran

        July 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
      • Fuad

        The sura you are referring to only meant not to take Jews and Christians as your allies because both these two religions were conspiring to eliminate Islam on this earth, which by this process they are still trying to destroy Islam till this present day.

        July 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • maryam

      I think what you say to other Muslims is true, show a better light of your faith. But many are leaving the faith but cant tell you that, because they will be called an apostate and be subjected to problems and even death from your political, fundamentalist Islamists. They are leaving because they want to embrace more peaceful, spiritual feelings. Muslims youth need to be more free thinking, and learn about others, not be forced to go along with something just because their parents or religious cleric tell them so, because SOME of them use it to control their hearts and minds. The part many of you dont want to admit to is that some of those wars were a result of these same Islamic fundamentalists (Osama being only one), who incite hatred and proclaim their is a war on Muslims when there never was. They tell you that so you will die for THEM. because a peaceful creator would never approve of killing anyone in the name of religion. You are forgetting that US retaliated because of Osama, and they were NEVER against Afghans or Muslims. These radicals are your enemies too, they are trying to impose their agendas on Muslims first using Islamic sharia law, then they will try to have another Caliphate, which is not a good thing. A Caliphate represents control, violence, force and NOT God. Control your extremists and there wont be retaliations.Good Muslims need to work more closely with non Muslims to remove these terrorists who are invading your protests, elections, through wars they start to unite you. Think about it. We are with you good Muslims, not against you.

      July 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • Fuad

        Christianity has been involved in mass killings since its inception as an organized religion. Let's have a snap shot of the so called peaceful religion of Christianity, starting by the Spanish Inquisition, crusades, conquests of distant lands and allow mass murders of local natives, Hitler's Christian murderers, Christian Americas' Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic bombing, Iraq killings, Afghanistan murders...... The list goes on an on, and now the Christians are planing to go after Iran. By all these accounts one would wonder if Christianity is really a peaceful religion!

        July 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • Christian fundamentalist

      You don't have to apologetic,, here are extracts from the bible for your reference.
      This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
      Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
      Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
      Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

      I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

      July 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • k.madhukar

      I have woken up and found out that Islam is religion of peace as you say but Muslims are not peacfull with themselves as well as with others.

      August 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  14. Moi

    Muzlims should start by reading the book i.e. the koran, realizing all the terror instigating verses then by making a big bonfire and burn that devil inspired book ... verse 8:12 comes to mind "...I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. then smite the necks and smite off them ea finger...." verse 9:5, 9:29, 5:51

    July 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • Christian fundamentalist

      This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
      Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
      Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
      Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

      I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

      July 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Fuad

      If anything is to be burnt it has to be that filthy bible which is stained with peoples blood for centuries!!

      July 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  15. obama aswad al kalb

    EGYPT MUSLIM BROTHER HOOD PARTY WILL RISE TO DEFEND MORSI, AS HE WAS DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED BY 80% AND OUSTED BY ARMY COUP , THE ARMY WHO GET PAID BY USA AND OTHER FOREIGN AGENTS....USA , CANADA AND UK PAID LOTS OF MONEY TO THOSE GENERALS... IRAN AND ISRAEL PAID MORE TO THOSE IN THE STREET gave them cameras lasers food and supplies, SO NOW THE 80% WHO VOTED FOR MORSI WILL RISE AGAIN VERY SOON MARK MY WORDS IT WILL HAPPEN THIS FRIDAY AFTER JOMAA FRIDAY PRAYERS HELL WILL BREAK LOSE...they will never stop until they get what they voted for...you can not vote and some one else steal your vote by a coup ...CAN WE ASK OBAMA TO LEAVE AS HE IS NOT DOING GOOD JOB AT ALL...NO we cant cause he was elected by same people who elected BUSH BEFORE HIM 2 TIMES...DUMP AND DUMPER ...WHY USA DONT DO NOTHING ABOUT SYRIA who killed more than 189000 people already ..why they are silent about IRAN!!!! THOSE EVIL ALONG WITH HEZBOLLAH ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS ..Iran and Hezbollah killed thousands in Lebanon few weeks ago and CNN is silent !!!!

    July 4, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Michael

      Iran and Israel ? What are you smoking ? Of course everybody knows about great friends and allies Iran and Israel....

      July 23, 2013 at 1:40 am | Reply
  16. PBUH

    How Muslims should respond to terror ?
    1. Islam is a religion of peace.
    2. Terrorist misunderstood Islam.
    3. Arrange interview with newspaper correspondent by grand Pa looking Imam (Mullah) residing in West or former ambassador of Muslim country.
    4. Take a deep breath and say so long till............
    5. Done. (Never read faithfreedom.org )

    July 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Christian fundamentalist

      Christianity is a religion of terror as well,This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
      Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
      Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
      Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

      I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

      July 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
      • Fuad

        Keep on with the message, you have to know that most Christians haven't read their bible to the fullest. They only rely on their priests to quote the Bible to them and in the process they avoid the controversial verses of the bible in fear of losing their church members, well it is a fact they can't allow to lose their customers since the church is a business organization.

        July 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  17. PBUH

    Story of Muslim in India. Muslims came to India 1000 years ago. Then Mohmad Ali Zinnah declared that Muslim are separate nation and they can not live with Hindu in India. Basis of Pakistan. This Mohmad Zinnah's grand father was a Hindu merchant who fell on hard time. .Agha Khan ( Muslim sect leader who lives in Spain) helped him financially on condition that he convert to Islam. So after another 1000 (930 to be exact) years this story will repeat in US.

    July 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Actually Aga Khan lives in Aiglemont, France.

      July 23, 2013 at 1:47 am | Reply
  18. Rosstrex

    Fareed please read the Koran to find out why Muslims kill who they believe are non-Muslims. The Koran advocates death to anyone deemed to be at war with Islam. It is just that simple. Madmen are found in every society and culture on earth. Madmen that follow the Koran have justification to kill. Simple, True and something Every Muslim will never admit because it verifies that Islam is an Ideology dressed up as a religion invented by a 7th century Warlord who wanted to take over a city.

    July 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  19. leo peter

    Muslims ARE the face of terrorists. A muslim writing an article about terrorists is a joke.

    July 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  20. Ian Snyder

    fundamentalist religion+uneducated citizens= terrorists.
    Sometimes people forget that Christians are some of the biggest terrorists the world has ever seen.
    The issue is not what religion, but religion itself. Religion divides people, and clouds common goals.

    July 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Can you be more specific ? Who are the alleged "Christian terrorists" ? Can you name names ? Pleeease don't say George W. Bush.

      July 23, 2013 at 1:53 am | Reply
  21. Trinity

    American butchered millions of innocent Iraqi's based on crooked up information. Where is the outcry from the Americans?

    July 13, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • maryam

      There was complaint against the war. but you have to remember, Saddam put that info out there that he had WMD, he told many people that so Iran would here it, as a deterrent to Iran. Those he told, told US and other intelligent agencies in the region and in Europe. Saddam had been a menace to US for years, he had been firing on their planes, attacking Kuwait, killing Kurds and Shia and killing the families of many Iraqi Americans and others. Had Iran and other foreign insurgents not interfered by coming in and making it a sectarian war, they would have got out after arresting Saddam9his people couldnt do it, Ba'athists ruled). US stayed because of the violence, which also included trying to protect the Iraqi people when they could..You dont hear about the stories where US soldiers risked or gave their lives to save an Iraqi enough, but it happened a lot. Arab culture needs to change. They need to control their emotions, quit over reacting, and they need to use more dialogue. Its not just some interpretations of Islam its also the culture. There is more death from other Muslims than from Americans. Muslims blamed it on oil, then said US was there to occupy, then said it was a war on Muslims, all of it a lie. So perhaps American government need to be more loud and clear about their intentions, because many Afghans were in remote areas and thought it was another Russian occupation because theyd never heard of Osama or AQ. I know they tried in varying ways but because of terrain and such it was difficult to reach all of the people. At any rate its all in the past and we ALL need to move forward. We dont need to hate each other, that will always work against us and prevent dialogue. Peace should always be the goal if possible.Muslims need to have a voice against these extremist Islamics. We need to support their voices with our own thats true, and they need to voice louder their rejection of fundamentalist, political Islamists who are hurting Muslims more then non Muslims. Once they win over them, they will continue. Supporting good Muslims is imperative for the world.

      July 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      How do you know they were ALL innocent ?

      July 23, 2013 at 1:56 am | Reply
  22. GOD ALMIGHTY

    I wish I could believe that the Islamists and Muslims were sincere in their words of condemnation of the Islamic violence. I fear it is just a ruse, a cover-up of their deep seated intentions to subvert all other religions and countries.

    July 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  23. Greg Simon

    In respect to any religion: Muslims Hijacked our Liberty & Freedom in the Most civilized countries. Laws are written for a good people who wish to immigrate and bring their talent + adopt western tradition & civility .
    Western countries should never allowed immigration of any religion groups who are trying to destroy our Freedom and tradition.

    July 21, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
  24. Purebredmutt

    Ok......."al Qaeda are on the run, their people hunted, their money tracked, their hideouts bombed..." Since when exactly?, last time I looked they were hiring them to fight in Syria against that country's army and arming them to do it. This in spite of the video evidence that they fully intend to kill anyone and everyone who doesn't worship their satanic deity. There is a little book that's been around for a few years now that describes these people to a prophetic "T". The book outlines their rise to power on a platform of peace, describes their beheading of Christian's and displays three symbols to warn the believer of this foe. The symbols are written in Arabic and describe a badge worn by the foe that says " In the name of Allah". Written long before Islam was even formed this Truth was prophesied and we now see its fulfillment throughout the world.

    July 25, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Reply
    • Christian fundamentalist

      This is what the bible says, same sh!$...Kill the disbelievers...
      Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women...."
      Isiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished...."
      Deuteronomy 13:15 "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly..."

      I really don't get it that people go only after one religion and forget the fact that they are all the same sh!#.

      July 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  25. GlueBall

    It's hard to conceptualize how a known plagiarist continues his storytelling at CNN & Time.

    July 27, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
  26. rishia brown

    It is always easy to blame others. Let's take some responsibility. At the time of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan the US, the Brits and Saudis poured in millions of dollars to defeat the USSR. It was obvious to everyone that the bulk of those millions went to Pakistan's ISI. Today it is more than clear to everyone that the ISI has been, and continues to be, the main source of support, supply and planning for all the troop plots that killed, and are still killing poor Afghan and Americans. Top US officials know these facts, yet they still pay the Pakistani government millions of dollars annually, as we have done for the last 30 years, and that can be easily be called extortion money. That money comes from the American tax payer. That makes us, the tax payers, complicit in this humiliating scenario. How long will we continue to contribute to this duplicitous and tragic foreign policy before we, the people, demand this pathetic charade ends? If we do not, we will need to answer to the future children of both our countries for our failure.

    July 28, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
  27. Brian David Williams

    A few friends I met here in Philadelphia who were here to take a class at the University of Pennsylvania told me of the frustration they had with fellow Pakistanis . They told me that almost everyone they know is illiterate and get their news and information solely from word of mouth . Everthing they know is from the rumor mill , while some of what they hear may be true , most of what they "know" is false . Condoms kill , AIDS is an American creation , etc. If you think that you can dictate how to react to terrorism to people that rely on word of mouth you are out of your mind .

    July 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  28. Ted Ward

    If only the American media would make this exact point in its reports!

    August 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  29. DR STEVE RAMSEY- CANADA

    ,,,,, IRAQ TAUGHT US NOTHING....NORI AL HALEKI AL KALB, TOOK OVER THE POWER BY FORCE AFTER WE ALL THE MAJORITY VOTED FOR DOCTOR AYAD ALAWI HE WON AND THEN NORI AL HALEKI MAKE A COUP AND TOOK OVER BY THE HELP OF IRAN UNDER THE USA NOSE.....USA ARE INTERESTED IN OIL NOT CHANGING PEOPLE.....NORI AL HALEKI IS SHIIA IRANIAN THUG WHO KILLED MANY PEOPLE AND ORDERED THE KILLING OF CIVILIANS WHO WERE DEMONSTRATING PEACEFULLY MORE THAN 300 MACHINED GUNNED AND NOTHING WAS MENTIONED IN CNN!!! ALMALEKI STILL IN POWER and he is helping hezbollah sending iraqi oil free to syria and sending money and iranians weapons from russia to syria to kill more people , they killed more than 143000 sunni kurds women and children so far. those murderers thugs must be brought to justice and hungered lin EID AL FITR....IRAN IS EVIL SHIIA ARE EVIL, ALL TERRORISTS HELPING HEZBOLLAH THE WELL KNOWN TERRORISTS ORGANIZATION. ,,,

    August 8, 2013 at 1:09 am | Reply
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