Islam -- and War

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Islam -- and War

WASHINGTON - DONNA MARSH O'CONNOR
TALAT HAMDANI
O'Connor and Hamdani are members of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
O'Connor's daughter was killed in the 9/11 attacks. Hamdani is a
Pakistani-American living in New York. Her son, Salman, was a New York
City police cadet who disappeared on 9/11 and was wrongfully accused of
participating in the attacks. When his body was identified at the World
Trade Center months later, it was believed that he had gone to the scene
to provide help.

STEPHEN WALT
Available for a limited number of interviews, Walt wrote the piece "Why they hate us (II): How many Muslims has the U.S. killed in the past 30 years?".

Author of a number of books, Walt is professor of international relations at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

ABDUL MALIK MUJAHID
Also available for a limited number of interviews, Abdul Malik Mujahid is an Imam in Chicago, president of Sound Vision Foundation
and chairman of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions. He
said today: "The hidden issue is war. War requires the demonization of
people. Hate-mongers are using this environment to target vulnerable
minorities, like Muslims, or Latinos, and you have politicians like
Sarah Palin who will latch on to that.

"Muslims have done a lot of condemning terrorism as well as outreach
in the U.S. in the last decade, but it hasn't accomplished much.
They've been too silent on issues of war and peace, and haven't been as
active in civil society as they should be."

Mujahid's pieces include: "Why Do Afghans Have a Life Expectancy of Only 44 Years?"

He also wrote about the issue of President Obama visiting American
churches and synagogues during his election campaign, but not a mosque,
in a piece titled "Engaging American Muslims Will Give a Far Better Message to the Muslim World than Speeches."

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