Darius Assemi wrote a constructive and thoughtful piece in defense of Islam, the roots of the Islamic State and how to deal with their savagery (Jan. 24). One can sense his gratitude for the ideals of this country to which he immigrated and the pain he must feel from what he perceives as a “war on Islam.”
In suggesting how to combat the Islamic State, Mr. Assemi offers numerous constructive solutions but then also suggests: “Equally essential will be to provide a framework for public education and good governance, neutral of Anglo-American and Israeli agendas.” What does that mean?
Is the Israeli “agenda” he eschews Israel’s desire, let alone right to exist? Should the “public education” be free of “Anglo-America” and Israeli “agendas” of democracy, equal treatment of women, and free-market principles?
At the end of the day, Mr. Assemi is on the right track, and I support him in the constructive role that the Muslim community can play in the fight against terrorism. I would only suggest that his big-picture solutions may need some tweaking.
Jerry H. Mann, Fresno