This was the Wall Street Journal Asia in the week of the attack on Mumbai.

Some rights reserved. By Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams

Not that I fully agree with it but I thought it sufficiently captures that there are oppositions among Muslims against the use of terror, contrary to accusation that terror happens because the moderates do not voice their opposition out. One form of the accusations, sadly, came from Friedman the other day:

On Feb. 6, 2006, three Pakistanis died in Peshawar and Lahore during violent street protests against Danish cartoons that had satirized the Prophet Muhammad. More such mass protests followed weeks later. When Pakistanis and other Muslims are willing to take to the streets, even suffer death, to protest an insulting cartoon published in Denmark, is it fair to ask: Who in the Muslim world, who in Pakistan, is ready to take to the streets to protest the mass murders of real people, not cartoon characters, right next door in Mumbai? [Calling All Pakistanis. Thomas Friedman. December 2 2008]

I deeply disagree with Friedman.

I disagree here not to defend Pakistanis or Muslims but rather, the logic used. It paints as if there is passive support among moderate Muslims of terrorism. As if, moderate Muslims need to employ the childishness of those whom violently protested the Danish cartoon to express their disagreement to the use of terror.

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