Regarding your ongoing coverage of Islamic radicalism, the image of a man set on fire is haunting. The fact that this brutal act against a fellow Muslim was performed in the name of God makes it even worse. If this is not a call to moderate and peace-loving Muslims to join the battle against ISIS and radical Islam, then I don’t know what is. The silence of moderate Muslims needs to be broken and I’m hoping that Jordan’s revulsion at their air pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s kidnapping and murder will propel them and other Muslim nations to speak out and fight back.
We keep saying the war against terrorism is a war against radical Islam, not Islam, per se. The Islamic world now has the chance to make that distinction clear. If, and hopefully when, peaceful Muslims speak out and act, we must be here to embrace them. Besides having more people and nations helping to combat the greatest threat today, the world needs to see a unified front of religions joining in peace and not war. Now is the chance for Jews, Christians, Muslims and all religious groups to stand side by side and show the world that religion is not synonymous with war; that religious leaders can bring peace and love into the world, not just war and hatred like so many today believe. Now is the time for religious leaders to show the world a different face of religion, one which respects the dignity of all humankind and promotes peaceful coexistence.
If this could even start to happen, then perhaps Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s tragic death would not have been in vain.
Founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience