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When I first heard that someone had shot and killed 32 people on an American university campus, the first thought that came to mind was: Please God, let it not be a Muslim! By the time the full details of the horrific tragedy unfolded, it was clear that he wasn't, although a brief moment of dread emerged when the shooter was described as Asian.

Of course to the victims of that massacre on that campus in Virginia and to those who loved and knew them, it wouldn't have mattered one way or another what faith the killer followed, which nationality he belonged to or what ideology, if any, he subscribed to.

 

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Anas Altikriti

24th April 2007