Re: Why They Blow Up, Editorial, Aug. 17.

Your recent editorial on the New York Police Department’s report on terrorism attempts to rebuke the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for criticizing parts of the report, and unfairly characterizes such groups as “facilitating terror.”

In an interview with The New York Times, CAIR merely pointed out that the NYPD report reflects simplistic and erroneous thinking, as if Muslims observing basic religious principles like abstention from alcohol and gambling constitutes signs of radicalism. Far from taking a knee-jerk approach to such issues, mainstream Muslim organizations welcome useful studies and reports on terrorism from law enforcement and intelligence agencies. We only expect the analysis to be rooted in reality, rather than generalizations.

Sameer Zuberi, communications co-ordinator, Canadian Council on American- Islamic Relations, Ottawa.


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