As the ELF arson of my father's dealership demonstrates, defining terrorism in terms of race or religion will do less to make us feel safe as a country; such targeted terms are more likely to contribute to sowing seeds of Islamophobia.
Arab Americans voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama in 2008. Three years later, they are still waiting for real change to occur. They see the Middle East undergoing a dramatic transformation, while politics in Washington are paralyzed.
It was once believed that it was only Arab governments that feared Iran's push for hegemony, while Arab public opinion viewed Iran quite differently. Our polling demonstrates that while that might have been true in 2006 and 2008, by 2011 this is no longer the case.
So here we are, 9 years after a devastating attack that shocked and then unified our nation and we are engaged in a debate, not about building a mosque, but whether or not Muslims will find a place in America. The very soul of America is at risk.
Something is fundamentally rotten in our political culture -- where groups seeking political advantage can so easily make victims of innocents and cowards will let good people pay a price rather than defend their rights to a fair hearing.
Charles Schumer, in a speech to the Orthodox Union, said that it "makes sense" to "strangle [the Palestinians in Gaza] economically." I tried to imagine how a young Palestinian-American living in New York might feel.
I wasn't surprised that Fatih won the title because I believe in the democratic system that exists in the US. What I found to be appalling are some of things that have been said since she won the title last week.