This letter is written in response to retired Lt. Col. Ed Corson's letter of Nov. 21, regarding his thoughts on an inevitable world war. I agree in that I am also unsure of what the future has in store for the United States and for the rest of the world. I earnestly hope that a world war is not looming over the horizon. With the technological advances in nuclear weaponry, it would surely mean the end of mankind as we know it.
However, I have to disagree with Mr. Corson, on one thing.
His statement, "Muslims basically believe in killing non-believers," is untrue. Muslims do not believe in killing non-believers. In fact, my many Muslim friends at college are upset about the way things are going in the Middle East, just as I am. Like me, they are proud Americans. Muslims are good people. It's not fair to categorize an entire religious group because of the acts of a few dissident extremists.
I see this unjust categorization repeated so often, in the media as well. It is not fair and does nothing to help an already inflamed, tense situation to be so ignorant. Read the Qur'an and please show me the passage that directs Muslims to kill non-believers. You will not find it.
How unfortunate it is that a small number of people can sometimes have the power to ruin the positive reputation of the majority. In this case, extremists (who, yes, might also share a common religious thread) have taken it upon themselves to violently thrust their opinions on the rest of the world. They have done, and continue to do, terrible things. In doing these things, they misrepresent the peaceful religion of Islam that millions around the globe practice positively.
They are not "Muslim terrorists." They are simply terrorists. In the future, remember that every side has two stories. Each side has a different viewpoint.
Perhaps the Muslim countries you speak of are sick of democratic theories being forced on them by Christian terrorists.
Food for thought.
Lisa Jackson, State College, Penn., Formerly of Payson