Another must-read from a Muslim-Amerian, Emilio Karim Dabul, via One Arab’s Apology:
Here it is, five years late, an apology from an Arab-American for 9/11. I was one of millions of Arab-Americans who did the unspeakable on 9/11: nothing. I did at one point write a very vitriolic essay condemning their actions, but fear of becoming another Salman Rushdie kept me from ever trying to publish it. Well, I’m sick of saying the truth only in private – that Arabs around the world, including Arab-Americans like myself, need to start holding our own culture accountable for the insane, violent actions that our extremists have perpetrated on the world at large. The men who killed 3,000 of our citizens on 9/11 in all likelihood died saying prayers to Allah, and that by itself is one of the most horrific things to me about that day. It’s time for all Arab-Americans, and Arabs around the world, to protest against Islamic fascism, to raise our voices – and, where necessary, our arms – until the plague of terror has been driven from the face of the earth forever.