By American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalco

"I've been trying to say this since 9-11 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, nineteen 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 and 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/Muslims 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 these same good neighbors and
children? The events of September 11th 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 and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah with
destroy it in one of your "Jihads"? Are you thankful for the freedom that only 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 paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love
America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about

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 only interested 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 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

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 and pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching
fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large 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 Islam.

Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their
faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and
your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate
Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we have
befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire Middle East?

And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you
even here? Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our
peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to
leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like
rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family
back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will NEVER give in to
your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant

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"