A few days ago, in a surly and defiant mood, I decided to post a condemnation of terrorism from Muslims daily. My readers thought I didn’t have any obligation to condemn terrorism. As it turned out, that was a decision I made in haste. I kept it up only for three posts (1, 2, 3) in four days despite encouragement from Aziz and Al-Muhajabah. The reason I stopped was that I got bored and it seemed pointless to repeat year-old statements.
While my plan lasted, I looked at quite a few statements from Muslims, leaders and individuals alike. They ran the gamut from excusing the terrorism because of US foreign policy to disbelief that it could be the work of Muslims to condemning the terrorist acts without mentioning the perpetrators to honest condemnations of terrorism and the terrorists. A number of statements from the leaders were not as unequivocal as I would have liked. Specifically, my complaint was that quite a few of the Muslim leaders did not condemn Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda even while condemning the September 11 terrorist acts. Actually, I did not expect any better. After all, these are undemocratic leaders with worse acts on their resume than not condemning Bin Laden by name.