Re: "From Mistake to Mayhem - Where's Muslim leadership on other atrocities?" May 19 Editorials, and "CAIR is complicit," by Raymond Trapp, May 25 Letters. Let me assure everyone that all Muslims in the U.S. are upset and disappointed by the emotional and devastating reaction to the story of the Quran desecration. However, we in America have no more control over individuals' behavior overseas than they have control over the behavior of people in America. CAIR has continually denounced violence of all kinds.
In May 2004, CAIR launched the "Not in the Name of Islam" petition stating: "We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent." This petition has over 688,000 signatures. In addition, CAIR has over 50 statements condemning violence and terrorism posted on its Web site at www.cair-net.org. Saffia Meek is with the Council on American-Islamic Relations D/FW, Dallas