If one were a Muslim, indeed the animosity towards Muslims does appear unfair, more so, to the law abiding Muslim who justifiably is angered that all are being clubbed with the radical fundamentalists who are ravaging the world. This is a very natural reaction. The flip side is that there is no cognizable outrage within the Muslim community at large in the world against these Islamic deviates who, in the name of religion, slaughter, terrorise and unleash mayhem, not only against what they called kaffirs, but also against fellow Muslims and more so, against those they feel are Muslim deviates because they do not follow their version of Islam. The Governments of Islamic nations, except Indonesia, are very hesitant to take action against fundamentalist organisations which openly spread hatred and engage in terrorist activities, some even sponsored and abetted by such Govt security institutions. Therefore, this is a justifiable trust deficit and an apprehension that Muslims are merely indulging in cosmetic anger and are actually in sympathy with the fundamentalists. People wonder that if the Islamic sects can have their own 'armies' to fight one sect of Islam against the other deeming them as deviates, then cannot the Muslim also not show the same alacrity and sagacity against the real fundamentalists and their organisation which they dub as indulging in acts that are not Islamic and contrary to the tenets of Islam? Therefore, in this conundrum of confusion, the 'thinking and rational' Muslim gets crushed in the vicelike grip of universal doubt of Muslim intent. While Akbar Ahmed, the author of this piece may be agonised by the heart breaking tale of Muslim children branded as 'terrorists' or attacks on Hijab wearing Muslim women or mosques being firebombed, he should realise that Muslims have also brought woe and terror to non Muslim by their attitude, like on the Sikhs in the US, who are killed mistakenly taken as Muslim!! In fact, their tale is more heart wrenching and totally unfair, if anyone claims that the world is being unfair to them! The world is actually being unfair and cruel to those who are being killed for being taken as Muslims, when they have no connection to Islam!! Bill O'Reilly is wrong to compare the Koran to Hitler's 'Mein Kampf". However, he is not a Muslim to understand the Koranic injunctions in the manner that a Muslim understands. He is possibly thunderstruck by the translations where there appears to be suggestions that 'Islam is uber alles". It must be also understood that while the US maybe an engine of intellect, yet there are a vast majority who are what is colloquially known as being 'dumb'. The US has their repertoire overflowing with 'intellects' like Sarah Palin who sees Russia from her window and Joe the Plumbers!! To believe that they should be rational and not Obama Bin L and his merry men, would not be fair either!! Therefore, it is hardly open season against Muslims. If the Muslims felt under siege over the proposed Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, then there were good reasons for the Americans to make them feel so. I reckon it is the same feeling that the Americans have as the Muslims have over the Babri Mazjid demotion. If one is outraged that the Islamic centre is not allowed where Islamist demolished Americans iconic building and killed many innocents, then one could say that the Muslims should not have any qualms or anger over the demolition of the Babri mazjid, more so, since no Muslim died!! No, Ahmed saheb, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander and your contention is misplaced and a trifle of a whine. The Nigerian Muslim and the bearded Muslim leader are frauds if they say that Jefferson was a champion of freedom, religious or otherwise. Jefferson was a hypocrite. He may have waxed eloquence about freedom, but that freedom was confined to the 'whiteman'. The Nigerian and the bearded man apparently conveniently forgot that he has slaves and he even had sex with them. Therefore, what freedom are they talking about? Being PC are they since they have to live in the US which is milk and honey compared to their impoverished countries? On the issue of Muslims being 'good Americans' it should not have been such a surprise to be asked this. While other communities attempt to mingle with the country they go to, the Muslims make it a point to flaunt their difference like a red rag to a bull. One can give example, but then let it pass. That Americans know nothing of Islam and their claim that they have not met any Muslim is possibly true. If Islam has a scary image, then who would like to know about it. Ignorance is after all Bliss! What is wrong if the FBI appears to be 'studying' Muslim? If one has nothing to hide, who cares? Of course it is an invasion of privacy, but then the Patriot Act itself is an attack on privacy and all that the American flaunt as freedom!! Now if Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who confessed to the attempted car bombing in Times Square last May, was motivated by a desire to avenge drone strikes in his native province and felt so strongly, he should have renounced the comfort of the US and gone and joined AQ and then come back to wreak havoc. He should not have been a namak haram since that goes against the subcontinental ethos and culture!! It is an emotion blackmail to write - If a civil, respectful level of discussion and debate is not maintained in these hearings, and if a demonization of Muslims results, the news coverage in the Muslim world could feed into the high levels of anti-Americanism in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. This would play against the interests of American diplomats and troops in Muslim nations who have advocated the winning of Muslim hearts and minds. As if, by being tolerant it will change the way things are going on in Afghanistan or Pakistan!! The issue of Muslim in the US is to win the hearts and minds of Americans if they want to live a peaceful and happy mind. And they should not worry too much as to how many US soldiers die out there wherever they are! As I see it, this Islam vs the Rest is the most unfortunate thing that could have happened. It was calm before. It erupted because of fundamentalists going berserk seeking the return of the Caliphate and the good old days when the Islamic Empire spread across a large part of the world. It time to stop day dreaming and face the real world. No religion is uber alles. While one can within him feel so, it would be unwise to flaunt so to aggravate those not of the fold. It is time to bury religion within one's heart, quit flaunting, and live the happiness and miseries of the world as equal citizens of the countries we belong to and be beyond our religious divides. The more we try to justify or attempt to rationalise the wrong and the skewed, the more we will keep the issue alive and more will be the disharmony. We are all the same people. Hamam men sab nanga! Let us not forget that!