By Captain John Maniscalco, American Airlines Pilot
I’ve been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of  this country that I love, that your color and  culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don’t blend in anymore. I notice you, and it  worries me.
I notice you because I can’t help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends  for more than 20 years now. I don’t fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know  that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.
On September 11, ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut  the throats of women in front of children and  brutally stabbed to death others. They took  control of those planes and crashed them into buildings, killing thousands of proud fathers,  loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant  daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s  mothers.
The Palestinians  celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was  most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists.  But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an  irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.
How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim  Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our  communities who are attending our schools,  enjoying our parks, and living in OUR  communities under the protection of OUR  constitution, while they plot the next attack  that will slaughter MORE of the same good  neighbors and children?
The events of September 11 changed the answer.. It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you  embraces our great country, with ALL of its  religions, with ALL of its different citizens,  with all of its faults. It is time for every  Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for  me.
I want to know, I DEMAND  to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America ….. Do you pledge  allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do  you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it  and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America ??  If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to  start letting ME know about it.
Your  Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America . Please, no more  benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, because I worry about who you regard as innocent…. No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because  I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for America – our great country – at this time of crisis, at this time of war?
I want to  see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting ‘Allah Bless America ‘. I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as  a whole.
The FBI has a list of over 400  people they want to talk to regarding the WTC  attack. Many of these people live and socialize  right now in Muslim communities. You know them.  You know where they are. Hand them over to us,  NOW!

But I have seen little even approaching  this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards  at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.
The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking  action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and  abroad than they did with supporting our country  and denouncing ‘leaders’ like Khadafi, Hussein,  Farrakhan, and Arafat.
IF the true  teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace  and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular  Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and  true, when your ‘leaders’ ARE teaching fanatical  interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It  matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world’s Muslims interpret the  teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again.  A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A  form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members  (some as young as five years old) are seen day  after day, week in and week out, year after  year, marching in the streets around the world,  burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A  form whose members convert from a peaceful  religion, only to take up arms against the great  United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their  faces at airport security checkpoints, in the  name of Islam.
We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us — our rights under the greatest  constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I  think it is my right and the right of every true  citizen of this country to DEMAND it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my  brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow  American…… But there can be no gray areas or  ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to  show ME, where YOU stand. Until then,



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