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I listen to the conservative talk show hosts jumping up and down all excitedly as they rush to be the first to assign blame for the tragic attack during the Boston Marathon. Of course they point to Islam as the perpetrator. And we may discover they are right. Or we may discover that it was American White Supremacists, or religious haters from the Mid-West or organized crime or ...

But before we go too far down that road consider the following, please.

A small percentage of the world's billion or so Muslims hate all Americans. It would appear that a much larger percentage of Americans hate all Muslims. How hard should it be for people to realize that we are threatened by extremists of all sorts, not by a particular religion?

Here is a tragic truth: America lost about 3000 civilians in the 9/11 attack. It was a horrible event that angered us all. As a result we took action that killed about 120,000 civilians in Iraq alone. Not one of those civilians had anything to do with 9/11.

So, couldn't we all just show a bit of restraint and wisdom before we start accusing and blaming and punishing this time?

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