Terror's Toll on Islam

(Chicago Tribune) Editorial - Islamist columnist Ahmed Bahgat, writing in Egypt's Al-Ahram, said the images of bloodied Russian victims "showed Muslims as monsters who are fed by the blood of children and the pain of their families." Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, Egypt's top Muslim cleric, was quoted as telling the terrorists: "You are taking Islam as a cover and it is a deceptive cover. Those who carry out the kidnappings are criminals, not Muslims." "[T]he Chechens, with the choice of their targets, had put themselves in a position where no one would shed tears when the punishment came," said an editorial in Saudi Arabia's Arab News. "They reached a new low when they chose toddlers as bargaining chips." More Islamic voices need to awaken to - and condemn - terrorism.

2004-09-08 00:00:00

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