Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia Condemns 9/11 Attacks

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian Islamic activist and former deputy prime minister


Never in Islam’s entire history has the action of so few of its followers caused the religion and its community of believers to be such an abomination in the eyes of others. Millions of Muslims who fled to North America and Europe to escape poverty and persecution at home have become the object of hatred and are now profiled as potential terrorists. And the nascent democratic movements in Muslim countries will regress for a few decades as ruling autocrats use their participation in the global war against terrorism to terrorize their critics and dissenters. This is what Mohammed Atta and his fellow terrorists and sponsors have done to Islam and its community worldwide by their murder of innocents at the World Trade Center in New York and the Defense Depart-ment in Washington. The attack must be condemned, and the condemnation must be without reservation.Ӕ Anwar Ibrahim, Growth of Democracy Is the Answer to Terrorism,Ӕ International Herald Tribune, October 11, 2001, http://www.iht.com/articles/35281.htm


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