Boston Bombing. Courtesy AP Graphics
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
Within hours of news that the two brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombings were Muslim, the head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement condemning all terrorism "in all its forms."
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, said "We must remain united as a nation as we face those who would carry out such heinous and inexcusable crimes."
His statement, issued shortly before a noon Friday press conference in Washington D.C., concluded with gratitude for "local, state and national law enforcement authorities for their diligence in bringing the perpetrators to justice and offer condolences to the loved ones of the officers killed and injured in efforts to detain the suspect."
The CAIR website lists case by case, year by year examples of consistently condemning any form of terrorism. However, the Islamic community is constantly pressured to react to every situation as if everyone were responsible for every misdeed by anyone of their religion.
According to their web site: "Any Muslim who plans, attempts or carries out a terrorist attack would be acting outside the boundaries of his or her faith and would be repudiated and condemned by our community."
The brothers suspected in Monday's marathon bombing and the Thursday midnight shooting of a campus policeman at MIT came to the USA with their parents in 2002 from Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in southern Russia.