Egotistical terrorist leaders like al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden and Bush have used any available strategy/reasoning to justify their unacceptable actions to the world publics. Al Qaeda kills innocent people and is finally losing its popularity and support, while Bush lost his support a long time ago. He can no longer hide from rising casualties in Iraq and the disastrous Israeli policy in Palestine.
The American flag symbolizes freedom, civil liberties, and respect for human life, which we need to see, rather than the “blood and glory” it stands for at present. America is the most powerful nation on the earth and therefore must take the lead in resolving these conflicts by peaceful means. As this involves what is considered the “Islamic world” and as Bush has seemed, at times, to link terrorism with Islam, it is important that he encourage all people to recognise that the conflict is political and not religious, and that terrorists are criminals and not primarily identified or guided by religion.
The separation of “Islam” and 'Terrorism' is an important step in stopping non-Muslims from blaming Muslims for terrorism, and in stopping misguided and easily influenced Muslims from being susceptible to deviant manipulation and respond to the distorted speeches or calls of the likes of al-Zawahiri and Bin Laden.
On the same note, people must refrain from being susceptible to deviant manipulation to respond to the distorted speeches or calls of the likes Bush and Blair to join Western armies to fight in illegal conflicts. The Qur’an states:
"If anyone slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people." - Qur’an 5:32
As Muslims, we may continue to find ourselves harassed, monitored and policed, but this does not mean we must allow ourselves to be marginalised, isolated and discriminated against. If we as Muslims live in the West then we must stop thinking that the “Islamic World” is confined to the East. The Muslim community is worldwide and involves inter-communal co-operation, discourse and solidarity with all mankind. The Qur’an states: “We have explained in detail in this Qur’ân, for the benefit of mankind” - Qur’an 18:54