Scenes of explosions and heartache, trauma and tragedy, were the horrific scenes coming from the American city of Boston on April 15th. When we in the Middle East heard of these events, we were all terribly saddened. We know these scenes ourselves all too well. We were saddened for the people, those lives lost and those destroyed. We were saddened not only for the chaos and destruction, but for the fear we knew those people surely felt. We know that fear. We know that pain. We recognize clearly the hurt in the eyes we saw on the TV cameras. We’ve seen that hurt here. We’ve felt that pain. This tragedy, if anything, was a reminder not of how different we are from the Americans we saw on our TV, but of how very similar. In an ever smaller and interconnected world, it was an opportunity for us all to look within ourselves.
Limited attention spans
Westerners would do well not to judge Islam by fanatical readings of it on the periphery of our religion --- there is a mainstream, 1,400-year-old understanding of the Qur’an which respects religious freedom.Ceylan Ozbudak
What happens when the “Christians” are wearing white sheets over their faces (the KKK), and burning crosses on people’s lawns? Or when Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland kill others in the name of Catholicism? We do not blame the Vatican.