No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda. This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter.
A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.
CANADIAN COMMENT APPEARS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL.
THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT.
YOU WORRY ME!
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
with 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
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,
"YOU WORRY ME!"
I totally agree with this sentiment. I hope you will forget all about
the 'political correctness' mandate we've had rammed down our throats,
and see if this doesn't ring true in your heart and mind. For Canada,
with all the multiculturalism we've been told is so important.... why
should we not, as Canadians, expect that the millions of new people
immigrating to our country will show their love for our country, their
allegiance to our country, their willingness to obey the laws of our
country, and acceptance that we are a Christian country? Just because
they are able to enjoy exercising their own religion, they should NOT
expect us to be ashamed of ours. They knew Canada was a Christian
country when they came here. Why are we erasing Christianity because
immigrants who are unwilling to adopt our way of life expect us to?
There is just too much insanity in the world, and we have to start
taking a stand. I hope you will forward this, so that
others will feel they are not alone if they are starting to feel the
At last a clear non-racist example of the concerns that the vast
majority of our Nations population probably share. The pilot's letter
encapsulates all that is fair and just about national
pride and protection of one's national culture. I fear it may be too
late here in UK, BUT we too want our country back in the form that
attracted all these different cultures to come here in the first
place!! In all our conversations with a wide range of friends and
acquaintances we have not met one that disagrees with our own views.
If only we all had the courage of our convictions to pass this on, it
is a statement that should be accepted as the heart-felt feelings of
someone with honest commendable national pride.
Best email I have had in years it needs to be in every paper every day
until we get some answers