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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Nepali anger

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

I was sickened when I saw the gruesome images of the 12 slayed Nepali workers in Iraq from yesterday. To their families and friends go my sincerest condolences.

In response, today in Kathmandu mobs of angry Nepalis torched several mosques and the offices of Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines, according to CNN. And word on the streets of Bahrain is that the Gulf Air office in Kathmandu is currently in the process being ransacked also. This seems to correspond with Gulf Air's announcement an hour ago to suspend operations in Kathmandu. Although there is no way to justify this violent response, it is easy to understand why Nepalis would feel so angry.

When, when, when will the Muslims of the world wake up and forcefully denounce their terrorist co-religionists, en masse? As usual we have a few Muslim leaders and clerics saying that terrorism is wrong, and Islam is a religion of peace, blah blah. But when will the Muslim masses realize that sitting silently, while Muslim terrorists continue to ruin their name, is not an answer. We must disassociate ourselves completely from the terrorists and their methods. Again, again, again, I say to my Nepali brothers: what happened yesterday was NOT IN MY NAME.

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