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Terrorism And Islam In Perspective.

Vahid Robert Hashemian, Vice President of Web Development, TMC

The tragic events of the Sept 11, 2001 have no doubt left an indelible mark on out hearts and minds, What has been especially painful is that the attackers were so flagrantly indiscriminate with their targets. Many innocent civilians were murdered, many others left with a sense of confusion, loss, anger and resentment, These feelings are not only due to physical casualties inflicted, but also due to those intangible casualties that will be with us for some time to come. As the attacks unfolded, we all had to face the reality that humanity had lost some ground, hope had lost some light, freedom had lost some luster, and these realizations left us justifiably angry and hateful toward those who committed such atrocities. Unfortunately, the backlash has mostly shown itself as resentment for a certain ethnic and faith group, in this case Moslems.

In times of severe shock and outrage, human feelings can succumb to powerful dark forces, stifling the good in all of us, blinding us to the fact that only a miniscule portion of people associated with a certain race or religion take such extreme actions. We can sometimes forget that the majority of the people of the world, regardless of their faith or background, are inherently good individuals who value human qualities, strive for a better life for themselves and their children and help their fellow humans whenever they can. Laws and regulations are meaningless and ineffective if we cannot rely on and trust the true goodness of human nature. And today, while we have lost a part of our innocence, it is still this inherent human goodness that brings us together to mourn our losses and carry on with our lives.

In my life, I have seen different sides of seemingly different worlds. I was born in Germany, raised in Iran and educated in America. My father is a moderate Moslem and my mother a secular woman, My close relatives are as diverse in nationality as Scandinavian to African-American and practice a variety of religions. It is striking that our similarities as people so much more outweigh our differences.

Most religions (including all major ones) preach peace and respect for human life. The holy books associated with these religions have plenty of passages confirming this attitude. Unfortunately, there are tiny groups of evil-doers who have manipulated and subverted religion for their own evil deeds, For as infallible as we. would like to believe religions are, they can be dangerous in the hands of a few and their cult-like followers, No faith is immune to this subversion. Unfortunately, Islam has been used as an excuse to drive a few men to commit horrific crimes. No doubt, these men were blindly guided by the real evil powers to take their own lives along with thousands of other lives with superficial promises of a permanent address in heaven upon their deaths. Rest assured that their bosses know better than to put their own lives or those of their immediate families on the line. That sacrifice is reserved for a few naive and gullible souls who are completely dominated by their masters.

It is up to us to come together as humans and prove that true humanity transcends all religious and racial boundaries, and in the end it will vanquish over all evil, In the immortal words of the late John Lennon, "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
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Author:Hashemian, Vahid Robert
Publication:Customer Interaction Solutions
Geographic Code:00WOR
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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