Skip to comments.Are American Arabs Loyal?
Posted on 09/25/2004 8:46:16 AM PDT by yoe
"I've been trying to say this since 9-11 but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country.
But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.
On September 11, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.
The Palestinians Celebrated, The Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help.
As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Musli terrorist.
How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter same goo neighbors and children?
The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.
I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your "Jihads"?
Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.
Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America.
Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy...I am only interested in action. What will you do for America - our great country at this time of crisis, at this time of war?
I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America". I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.
The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action.
Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.
The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat.
If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up.
What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?
It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion.
A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire Middle East?
And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here? Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us?
If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE!
> We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion. We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us:
Our rights under the greatest constitution in the world.
I want to know where every Arab/ Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand." "Until then ... you worry me" ""
Until fairly recently tha majority of Arab Americans were Christians. These included Lebanese and Syrian Maronite Catholics , Iraqi Chaldeans, and Egyptian Copts. Immigration has changed this, but I would bet that those Christian Arab Americans are as loyal as any other immigrant group. Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue Arab community was founded by Maronite Syrian Arabs and even with the influx of Muslims the Maronites are quite numerous.
If they are non-Muslim, probably. If they are Muslim, I doubt it.
If they are non-Muslim, probably. If they are Muslim, I doubt it.
"If they are non-Muslim, probably. If they are Muslim, I doubt it.
That's just it --- if they're Muslim, they're loyal to the mullahs and to the Koran but cannot be loyal to the USA.
It's obvious that when you have a country based on Judeo-Christian values and many freedoms for individuals, then someone who doesn't believe in those cannot be loyal to it. Islam is the opposite of freedom, it doesn't mean freedom --- it means submission.
Unless, of course, one is an Arab American. Then it's OK to take their rights.
The same question was asked about Japanese-Americans, German-Americans and Italian-Americans during World War 2. The blood of thousands of brave men from these groups who died fighting for America answered the question then, to the disgrace of those who doubted their loyalty. Anyone who asks a similar question today concerning other groups needs to remember that history before making any assumptions.
If the society is closed and Arabic women kowtow to melieval/Islamic cultural mores, then family life is ruled by a despotic male who spouts the Koran because it's the foundation for total rule. Not to bash men per se, but that's the nuts and bolts of it. To Muslims, women are chattel, the US culture subverts their notion of what's permissible, and the mullahs or clerics rant insidious evil from the pulpit.
Everything is subordinated to a religion whose ideas lobotomized an entire region of the world, turned them into ill-educated, violence-prone fools who daydream of becoming homicidal maniacs. Enraged envy of the West and the US is entwined with an overwhelming sense of inferiority. We try to help and innocents get their heads chopped off. This won't do, and the day of reckoning is coming.
" Are Amrican Arabs Loyal? "
To the United Arab Emrates?
Not even American ones. True muslims practicing true islam make no provision for that.
Read the quran and the hadith, and it shall all become clear. So few Americans still need to learn the reason why Pakistanis go ballistic when discussing "palestine". It all makes sense when you realize that up until the 20th century, arabic did not have a word for "state". As in "country"...
That said, let me add that a great deal of harm has been caused down through the centuries by religious fanaticism. But when western civilization is in a fight to the death, we have no choice but to defend ourselves. The fact that our weapons are light-years ahead of theirs is just too bad.
You chose your name wisely, Grasshopper.
As an American of Arabic descent, I find this headline distasteful. My family came here from Syria (at least it was Syria then, now it's Lebanon) in the late 1800's and early 1900's in order to escape the same Muslim persecution against Christians that is occuring in the Middle East today. My grandfather served as a dentist on a hospital ship in WWII, giving 20 years to this country. My father lied about his age so that he could enlist at 16 years of age to fight that same war. He also served in Korea. My uncle has 64 shrapnel wounds all over his body from a mortar attack he survived in Vietnam. And you, sir, dare challenge whether we are loyal? Go to hell, my dear fellow. Go straight to hell.
Your ignorance of Arabs is immense. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are terrorists. Your desire to pigeonhole an entire race of people smacks of the worst kind of bigotry, the kind of bigotry decent-minded Christians and conservatives can do without.
I happen to be a Christian, but I have an Arabic last name. Since 9/11 my children have been referred to as "sand niggers" by other children, probably your chioldren, in their school. Now you ask me if I am loyal? I have been a Republican all my life, but to be considered the same as the likes of you turns my stomach. It really does.
Proofreading is your FRiend.
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