February 6, 2007, - 3:58 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On Friday, a reader sent me a link to an article by an allegedly “moderate” Muslim, Ahmer Muzammil, on the Pakistani website, Chowk.
Friday is always a particularly busy day for me, especially in the winter because the Jewish Sabbath starts early (at sundown). While that is no excuse at all, I quickly looked over Muzammil’s article, reading the excellent first paragraph intently and merely skimming over the rest, as with some of his other articles.
I mistakenly recommended Muzammil as “A Pakistani Muslim I Dig” and posted links to his work, calling him a “moderate.” As reader “JBarSimson” pointed out in a comment, this man is no moderate and his hateful work is not worthy of recommendation by me. I made a mistake. And I have since removed the post.
As a result of my haste, I missed the full point of Muzammil’s writings, which is that he still hates Israel, America, etc., and is not the moderate he seemed at the beginning of the piece. This is a lesson to me, which I should have learned by now, about how “haste makes waste.” And I am certainly not immune to that fact. It’s also a lesson we’ve all learned time and again: that so-called “moderate” Muslims are generally not moderate at all when you actually read closely what they are saying.
My credibility is important, and I usually read every word very intently before I recommend or post something. This was one of those lapses, and I apologize.
I screwed up. Mea culpa.
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