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Muslim American Society responds to the killing of bin Laden

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2011
Osama Bin Laden is Dead: Justice Has Been Served

The Muslim American Society welcomes the news of the death of Osama bin Laden. The intentional killing of civilians for political ends is terrorism, and this has been the mode of operation of Al Qaeda. We pray that this development leads to a reduction in radical extremism in the world, and that fewer people fall victim to it. Indeed, fighting against acts of terror, radical extremism, and its root causes must continue to be part of our nation's agenda. Finally, we pray that the death of bin Laden will bring some solace to the thousands of families, Muslim and non-Muslim, who have been victimized by Al Qaeda's crimes.

For the last ten years Americans, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike- all of us; collectively and individually, have been worn down and afflicted by years of violence and premeditated death initiated by Osama Bin Laden. His crimes were against all humanity. It is correct and fair that Bin Laden should be held accountable for his crimes and we hold the opinion that justice has been done.

The Muslim American Society appreciates President Obama's reaffirmation that "the United States is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam... Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. We concur with the president that his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Ahmad El Bendary
President
Muslim American Society

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