Wednesday, September 13, 2006

One Arab’s Apology


Five years after 9/11, an Arab American speaks openly about Islamic Fascism and his silence. In One Arab’s Apology, Emilio Dabul posts a heartfelt apology worth reading:

The only time I raised my voice in protest against these men who killed thousands of innocents in the name of Allah was behind closed doors, among the safety of friends and family. 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.

Yes, our extremists and our culture
At one point, Dabul mentions Christian bombers of abortion clinics:
A Christian who bombs an abortion clinic in the name of God is still a Christian, at least in his interpretation, and saying otherwise doesn't negate the fact that he has spent a goodly amount of time figuring out his version of the one true and right thing to do.
I’d add one more difference – the Christian bombers of abortion clinics are often pursued, charged, prosecuted, and imprisoned by Christian witnesses, police, prosecutors, and jailers; while many Arab countries teach murder and pay families when their children blow themselves up killing others.

Dabul’s comments are late, but gladly accepted. I know it wasn’t easy, but the risks he takes places him among other Americans who risked to make America a better place.