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Open Letter from an Arab-American Student
By Oubai Mohammad Shahbandar
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 2, 2003

On May 9th, a Saudi student at Arizona State
University, Muhammad Al-Gurashi was arrested for
direct connections to terror. He personally drove
convicted terrorist supporter Faisal Al-Salmi on
numerous occasions to President Bush's Crawford, Texas
ranch apparently on a pre-terror reconnaissance
mission. This April, the home of Hassan Alrafea,
president of the ASU Muslim students' association was
raided by the FBI for suspected terror-links,
confiscating their computers. But the left-wing
political orthodoxy of our university prefers to stay
silent on the matter.

In fact, we are not the only university in this
country that has problems with its Saudi students
covertly supporting terrorism. Sami Al Hussayen a
former president of the Muslim Students Association in
his college in Idaho was arrested by federal officials
for his role in raising funds for Al-Qaeda's terror
network. Academics rallied to his defense.

At the same when ASU radical Muslim student Ahmad
Saad Nasim faked a "hate crime" on himself, on two
separate occasions the university's president held a
press conference the same day denouncing the alleged
hate against Muslim Americans that that 9-11 had
supposedly inspired. Yet, the ASU administration was
silent about the Islamist hate that led to 9-11 attack

When I, a proud American of Arab decent and Muslim
faith, took a stand on behalf of the liberation of my
oppressed Iraqi brethren, the ASU Muslim Students'
Association personally attacked me for not being a
real Muslim and announced to the ASU student body in
editorials in the student paper that I Oubai Mohammad
Shahbandar was a hater of Arabs and Muslims. There was
no press conference by the president of this
univ! ersity o r anyone else in his administration in
behalf of this Muslim victim of Islamist hate.

We didn't land on terror, terror landed on us. But our
professors tell us America is to blame, our
universities sponsor "educational" programs designed
to install in the American student a sense of shame
for being American, and yet here we are on the cusp of
a great struggle in human history between the forces
of decency and democracy and tyranny and terror. Yet
we are told America is to blame for terror.

We are told America's foreign policy is based on
racist neo-imperialism, we are taught that national
security is a foul epithet to be reviled; we are told
the Jews and Israel are to blame for the hatred
against us. We are told that multiculturalism and
diversity classes are the bridges to world peace and
an end to terrorism as we know it. We are told this
even though the Saudi terrorists who slaughtered our
fellow Americans that September morning were able to
manipulate our generally open environment of tolerance
to achieve their evil designs. Despite all the all too
evident signs of their malevolent intent, the
murderers were given the benefit of the doubt by INS
agents too wary to make judgments and leftist
university officials who preferred to turn a blind eye
to the danger emanating from their own campuses lest
they lose their precious Saudi tuition dollars and
donations or incur the wrath of the ACLU and other
leftwing "civil liberties" organizations. We are told
that despite evidence to the contrary most Saudi
students are peaceful and accepting of our American

Our radical professors tell us that the war on Iraq is
racist, while the radicals on campus Show their
contempt for this proud Arab people and its
liberation. In our history classes We are told to
despise our founding fathers and traditional American
principles; in our political Science classes we are
taught to to fear o! ur presi dent and our own armed
forces. We are told to hate men in women's studies and
to hate white people in African studies. In Chicano
literature courses we are taught that Arizona is
Mexico and in Gay and Lesbian studies that the Bible
is hate-literature.

America is the principle adversary of Islamist terror
and whether by choice or birth we all inhabit the same
danger zone. But our professors never teach us the
truth -- that the war on terror protects all
Americans, white, brown, black, Asian, Arab, Jew,
Christian, Muslim, Hindu, straight or gay from the
despotic hatred of Islamist terrorism, which seeks our
extermination. That's right, OUR extermination.

In sum, we are taught to hate everything except that
which seeks our annihilation.

The frontlines of this war stretch across the entire
globe and into our classrooms, our homes, our places
of worship, into every aspect of our everyday lives.
But don't tell this to our tenured terror appeasers
who hide behind the intellectual credentials that have
been bestowed on them by the anti-American university

They have never known the humiliation of living under
the iron rule of an Islamic despotism. I have. They
have never tasted the cruel bitterness of forced
silence in the shadows of a dictatorship. I have. They
have never seen the face of evil. I have. For I was
born and raised in Syria, the country enslaved by
Hafez El-Assad. I was one of the fortunate victims of
this tyranny because my family was able to emigrate to
American a land of freedom. Yet in the free
universities of this country legitimacy is bestowed on
the very forces that oppress my former countrymen and
I am instructed to be compassionate towards my own
oppressors and to be hostile to the country that has
liberated me.

I have had to witness the post 9-11 "teach in"
sponsored by our university president's "Campus
Environment Team" entitled "Understandin! g the
'other,'" which sought to place moral equivalency
between America and the terrorists who attacked us. I
have had to listen to inanities about the attack like
that of a member of the university-sponsored Diversity
Awareness Programming Board who said, " we must
remember that 9-11 was about diversity too." I have
been subjected to the humiliating prospect of the
university's anti-American, anti-war poetry reading,
sponsored by our English Department last April. I have
had to watch our unversity president, Michael Crow,
provide a platform for the former Swedish Ambassador
so he could spill his anti-American bile before a
university audience. I have had to listen to the
Administration's guest Mary Francis Berry denounce the
most tolerant nation in the world as a racist
oppressor. I have had to walk daily by the mural
plastered on the Memorial Union and sponsored by the
university's "progressive coalition" and funded by the
university itself which features a map of the United
States with "Racist Nation" and "Bush is Racist" and
"What about the Arabs" written across it.

This August I will be heading to Israel to study
counter terrorism under a program hosted by the
Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. I, a Muslim
Arab was able to attend this program largely due to
the gracious sponsorship of David Horowitz, a Jew. No
multicultural sensitivity class made that possible. I
will not stand idly by as our professors and our
universities pave the road for terror's long march
into humanity's last sanctuary of freedom.

What contribution will you make to the cause of
liberty, to our nation's security?

I am a Muslim American Arab and I am willing to fight
for my country. How about you?