Am I A Terrorist? by Dr. Shahid Athar They call my people blood thirsty terrorists blowing up buildings and planes with dynamite tied to their chests killing civilians by the hundreds -but am I a terrorist? True, some of my people of names similar to mine do act violently in despair when their human rights are stolen when their suffering and plights are ignored in the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatala. - but am I a terrorist? They are not living their faith just acting on emotions and hate full with the revenge for the oppressor with little regard for innocent lives they are just Muslim in name -but am I a terrorist? Islam, the religion of peace teaches Muslims to respect life "If anyone had killed one man except in lieu of murder and mischief it is as if he killed the whole mankind" Same verse in Torah and Quran too by the same God -how could I be a terrorist? Prophet Mohammad, Peace be upon him was a mercy to mankind he cared for the poor, elderly and sick even if not from his faith he stood in respect for a funeral procession of a Jew he let a cat take a nap on his robe not to disturb her, he cut his robe He told Muslim armies not to hurt women and kids sick and old, cut trees or kill animals just for fun I love him so much -how could I be a terrorist? But why do they call us terrorists? why not call the IRA, Red Army, Tamil Tigers Militant Hindus or Serbians terrorists. Why not call the militia blowing up government buildings and killing innocent civilians a terrorist No, the term is reserved for Muslims - and I am a Muslim. We are the victims of terrorism in Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia and Kosova by individuals and states with knives, guns, tanks and rape -who is a terrorist? I remember Serb soldiers came to my house they killed my father and my big brother too I miss them so much. They raped my mom and my sister too. I loved them so much. Then they burned my house, my books and toys too - and they call us terrorists. I got scared, and fled into the woods joined a caravan going to the border migrating from oppression to a land of peace and freedom I have walked two days and climbed a mountain I am hungry and thirsty, tired and sick My legs are weak and my feet are bleeding unable to walk anymore - do I look like a terrorist? I am not a terrorist I am a Muslim seeking love, peace and justice My name is Mehmet Poturvic I am a 6 year old from Kosova Dear God, please help me and my people. "You alone I worship, from you alone I seek help"