how Americans view Wassef Ali Hassoun
wonder how many Americans might view the situation involving Wassef Ali
they think of the killers of Americans like Nicholas Berg and Paul Johnson,
who are among a growing list of Americans all murdered by terrorist
hostage-takers, gruesomely, by beheading.
Hassoun isn't just an "Arab" or a "Muslim." I don't know
what his religion is, actually. But most Americans just assume that all Arabs
are Muslim as are all olive-skinned people from the
fact is, half of the Arabs in the
happens to be one of 3,500 Arabs who are American and who currently serve in
to the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military (www.apaam.org)
more than 12,000 served in World War II -- including both my father and uncle.
wouldn't know it from the hate they get. Every Arab is a terrorist. Just ask
the people in Orland Park, a suburb of
village board meeting on the proposal was filled with hateful speech and
accusations that the proposed mosque would be a center for Muslim terrorism.
maybe, "Christian" Americans don't like any competition. There are
some 35-plus churches in
as it turns out, is a U.S. Marine. His name was on a Marine "active
duty" identification card shown by his terrorist hostage-takers in the
videotape aired by the Al-Jazeera network, a TV station Americans don't like
because it's Arab-owned.
the video, the hostage had a white blindfold covering his eyes. He wore
military fatigues, and his mustache was trimmed. The
major Arab and Muslim American organization issued statements denouncing
threats to murder and the actual murders of every hostage killed by the
when they do denounce this proposed killing, please don't say it's because
Hassoun is an Arab and possibly a Muslim. Pakistani or not, he should not be
are terrorists and insurgents in
insurgents have a legitimate gripe against the American invasion of
and Bremer and his cabal of warmongers, including a klatch of pro-Israeli
extremists in the government are doing all they can to squash news reports
about American terrorism, torture and violence.
Abu-Gharib prison scandal happened under Bremer's watch. It included prisoner
abuses, torture and alleged killings. A few hand-slappings have been dished
out with some belated apologies, too.
Berger, Johnson and the more than 972 coalition soldiers (including 854
American soldiers) who have been killed in this resurrection of the Vietnam
War, Hassoun is a victim of a bad policy made by a bad leader and a country
with a bad case of racism.
hope he, and others taken hostage this week, don't become fatalities, too. Not
because Hassoun is an Arab and maybe Muslim. But because he is American!
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