A pilot's story

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              Subject: "You Worry Me"

       This pilot hit the nail on the head in his open letter. He needs 
to be awarded a Medal for saying all this in a very profound way!

       The newspaper stated today that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.

       The following is a letter from a pilot. This well spoken man, who 
is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, 
beautifully.... Read, absorb and pass this on.

        "YOU WORRY ME!"
        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 
have 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  Muslim terrorists 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 also paying the ultimate 
sacrifice? Do you love America?

       If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME 
know about it.

       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 

       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 right 
now 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 reprisals.  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 

       It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge 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 a 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.

       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!"

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Rebecca Schrader
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Wow Ed,

This was very DEEP...but very AWAKENING...I can appreciate the "worry" that must go through our pilots' minds on a daily basis...unfortunately...I can.

Sep 10, 2008 09:14 AM #1
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