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Muslims shouldn't blame America for anti-Islam video

For the past few weeks there has been outrage in Muslim countries across the world because of an anti-Islam video posted on YouTube ("Anti-U.S. protests rock Pakistan," Sept. 22).

Yet as a 12-year-old Ahmadi Muslim American, I didn't feel angry at America because of the movie. Why should I? President Barack Obama didn't post the video on YouTube, nor did anyone else in the government.

I was angry with the man who actually made the video. He was responsible for hurting the feelings off more than a billion Muslims all over the world. Muslims in the Middle East have every right to be angry at the film's producer, but not at America. They are being influenced by terrorist leaders who claim America is responsible.

I agreed with President Obama when spoke to the United Nations on Tuesday and said: "On this we must agree: There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents.

"There's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There's no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan."

Surmud Jamil, Bel Air

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