SHAFAQNA- As a young Muslim woman living in Canada, it’s a phrase all too familiar to me. I feel pressured by everyone around me to regularly apologize for the horrific acts committed by extremists all around the world. I fear my religion will always be used to explain my behavior. I have to constantly smile and be happy because I don’t want to come off as rude or angry; I must remember to go out of my way to show the world that Muslims are not bad people, that we are not terrorists.
SHAFAQNA – However tragic and painfully criminal Brussels’ terror may have been it is our reaction to such attacks which will ultimately determine their success … and I would hope their failure. While there is little doubt as to whose hands were in fact involved in such senseless bloodshed, it is terror’s patrons, and terror’s agenda which still remain elusive. Rather it has been the greater public’s inability to perceive terror’s ambitions and goals which has played to our collective disadvantage – allowing for criminals to cloak themselves as righteous defenders of liberty and democracy, when their aims remain inherently nefarious.