Whither goest the moderate Muslim voice?
This article may help explain why the moderate Muslim voice is relatively mute : http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1228&prog=zru
My first question after a very cursory read of the above is: Does the Bush administration WANT that moderate voice to be unheard – does it want to alienate it? Was that a goal from the outset of the Iraqi war/conflict/misbegotten escapade (no bias on my end, right?).
The Christian Science Monitor offers up this report on a “moderate” voice, but following the links…I’m not so sure…
And here is a quote from a Reuters article this morning::
“Moderate Muslim groups as well as Western leaders condemned the weekend violence and calls to arms and urged calm.
‘With growing concern, we are witnessing the escalation in disturbing tensions,’ the prime ministers of Turkey and Spain said in the International Herald Tribune.
‘We shall all be the losers if we fail to immediately defuse this situation, which can only leave a trail of mistrust and misunderstanding between both sides in its wake,’ Tayyip Erdogan and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in the joint article, adding: "let the voice of reason be heard."
Again, I haven’t vetted the info and can’t speak to just how moderate these fellows truly are.
And finally, for now, here is moderate Muslim voice just recently lost – can we assume that someone, via the Muslim College he founded, step up and become a voice which rises above the discord and violence?
And now, this Bird must resume her migratory flight pattern.