Following are the excerpts from Avari and Juane Cole.
Avari Nameh writes "Professor Juan Cole -- whom I contacted, by
the way, regarding the statement on Jenin and the timings of the September 11th
attacks -- wonders why Tom Friedman continues to say things that are just
'wrong' about the Middle East and Islam. "
Professor Cole provides a list of links, for example to Ayatollah Fadlallah of Hezbollah, who had this to say:
He preaches that [the September 11th attacks] were "not compatible with Shariah law," the Koranic legal code, nor with the Islamic concept of jihad, and that the perpetrators were not martyrs as Mr. bin Laden has claimed, but "merely suicides," because they killed innocent civilians... In an interview with a Beirut newspaper, Al Safir, Sheik Fadlallah again accused Mr. bin Laden of having ignored Koranic texts.
Well I must say that Hezbollah itself is controversial for many westreners. However, one may qoute CAIR in good sense.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations: "We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to
state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the
name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the
values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can
ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever
serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim
group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts."