Three Cups of Tea 2

4 05 2011

It’s kind of fitting, considering the events that have happened in the news this week, that groups like Al Qaeda and the events of September 11, 2001 have popped up in the book we’re reading in class.  We’ve talked a lot about how religious extremists like Osama Bin Laden are the minority and that most Muslims are peace loving people, and now (at least in the book) we’ve met some Muslims who aren’t that different from us – they care about having a good life and taking care of their families – just like us.  Maybe we’re starting to see that some people may have a different religion, different clothes, and live on the other side of the world, but they’re still very similar to us.

Chapter 19 recounts the events of 9-11 and concludes with a speech by Muslim leader Syed Abbas at a school celebration.  How did reading Syed Abba’s speech make you feel?  Did you find other quotations in the book from Muslim leaders, schoolchildren, or others surprising, informative, or reassuring?  Explain your answers.

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202 responses

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

The fact that the villages in Pakistan knew what happened and cared for the americans will opening a new school made me happy . 9/11

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

Did any other speeches or lines in the book made you happy that all Muslims aren’t bad and care?

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

sorry guys my comment got cut of there is more of it below and I have a lot more to say. Just remember that Muslims are not terrorist.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Well that’s a short response, but that’s the only feeling you get from Syed Abbas speech. Happiness?

5 05 2011
Collin D

That wasn’t his whole response his comment got cut off. The res is farther down

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5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Ah..

5 05 2011
NateJig

I understand your point Alejandro, but why does it make you happy? Was it because most Americans thought that all Muslims are bad, when they aren’t? or just because they felt they way we did when the terrorists attacked?

5 05 2011
Claire G.

Yeah, why are you happy that people are destroying are land.

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

Nate it makes me happy that I know that all Muslims are not terrorist.

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

There will be many more terrorist attacks but the fact that Osadin binlotin is dead may help. He was the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. I hope that the death of this extremists man will make more people think that all Muslims are not bad.

5 05 2011
Carli C

Was that all you got that speech? I personally got a lot more out of it, but happiness is an OK feeling.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Yeah….

5 05 2011
Alex R

That made me happy too.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Did you feel any other emotions? ANYTHING ELSE? :/

5 05 2011
Antonio M

His speech made you happy, that’s it? Do you mean happy that Americans are reassured that Muslims are nice and loving like us

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

It’s sort of ironic that the book starts talking about Al Qaeda considering they’re leader just died. Syed Abbas is proof though that there are good Muslim leaders. His speech made me believe that most Muslim people just want good, healthy lives. Like we Americans do. His speech sort of made me feel a bit bad because almost every time some one thinks about them, they think terrorists. I found this quote surprising yet truthful- “The true court tenets of Islam are justice, tolerance, and charity,”. I believe what Syed Abbas was trying to say real Muslims don’t believe in the things Al Qaeda is doing. That’s at least what I believe he is trying to tell us.

5 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

Autumn, that is exactly what I was thinking, cause everyone believes these people are bad, but just Osama and the people that he terrorized with are bad. Not the people they actually feel bad that our country is being destroyed.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah it’s kinda sad to think about. They worry for us yet most people think they’re all evil.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

But the people he terrorized weren’t bad they where innocent people.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

@Jesse
She Means Osama Bin Laden and his group of terrorists are bad. Not the people they killed.

5 05 2011
Martina K.

Good response Autumn. It’s weird how every time people think Muslims they think terrorists, but why? WE found out that they live their daily lives like ours. I wonder if things will change if more people start finding out that Muslims are not terrorists, and they will stop accusing them of being terrorists. If more people knew i think they would stop calling them terrorists.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

OH! sorry she said the people he terrorized I got confuzzled for a second there.

5 05 2011
Claire G.

Great Idea!!!! I kinda of thought the same thing.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Awesome. It’s good to see that some people somewhat agree to what I am saying.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

That’s obvious.

5 05 2011
Carli C

It is fairly obvious if you understand the book

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Uh.. Okay.. O.o

5 05 2011
Grant O.

He also said that the terrorists attack was not in the name of Allah. This shows that not all Muslims are extremists and they read the Quaran in the right way.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah that’s true.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

I was wondering. Did you call any muslim a terrorist

5 05 2011
Carli C

I’m glad you put that out. I was wondering that about a lot of these comments…

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Honestly.. up until recently I haven’t thought about Muslim people or terrorists.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

me to ammar not even a fraction of a percent of the population on this earth are terrorists and almost 1/4 of the population is muslim it is not fair to treat people differently pecause of their religion.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

@Jenna
yeah I agree. Most people in the world want peaceful happy lives.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

wait the fraction of a percent was in about 1990 in 2010 10% of the population has become a terrorist. sorry had to update the facts!

5 05 2011
Brianna C.

I agree, not all of the Muslims believed in what the Al Qaeda was doing. Most of them thought that people should just become Muslim but in a peaceful way.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah it’s pretty sad how most Americans accuse all Muslims of being terrorists.

12 05 2011
Monica G

That is how i feel too. I think that they want to just live there life in peace and live a long happy life like us. People only think of the terrorists when they are no different then us. I also think that what Syed Abbas was trying to say is true that not all like Al Qaeda is doing

12 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree with you how a Muslim leader can proof that Muslim people are good and not bad has we think they could be.And how they just want to have a good life with their family and friends.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

I agree with you Autumn there are many good people out there. The muslims are just as good and as bad as us. I kind of feel ashamed. Becuase when you here the word Afghanistan the first words that come to your mind is Terrorists and 9-11, though most of the people there are just as good as we are.

5 05 2011
Carli C.

Syed Abbas’ speech made feel like people are the same. Even if the look different. Not all people in the Middle East are bad. The majority are good. They want a better life. They don’t want people to think they are all terrorists just because the live in Pakistan. These people want you to know them for who they really are. The one thing that stood out to me in Syed’s speech was this “The true court tenets of Islam are justice, tolerance, and charity.” It made me feel like I knew them. This is what people in America believe in as well. They are the principles of America, to have justice, to be tolerant, to be kind to one another. Why do people think all people from the middle east are horrible people like Osama bin Laden. Most are poor and living in mud huts in the middle of nowhere. They hardly have food to eat. They don’t know how to fly a plane, let alone crash it into American buildings. They are peace-peoples, trying to make a better life. They want to preserve lives, not end them. The adults are like ours, the children are like ours. There is no huge difference between us and them. 🙂

5 05 2011
NateJig

I agree with you Carli. Not only your facts, but they wanted to help us because they know that we aren’t bad people. They think that we are the same as them as well. Do you think that was because they already knew, and wanted to be nice, or because Greg is building them a school?

5 05 2011
Carli C

I would think they already knew they were good.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

i agree with yuo carli, just because you live in a certain area of the world doesnt mean you are automatically a terrorist. what would you do if you walked into florida and someone yelled… “a minookean run for cover!” that would be horrible! but all in all i totally agree with you muslims believe in peace not war! ;D

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

O.o no people from Minooka plan terrorist attacks though XD

5 05 2011
Carli C

Minookean? That’s pretty awesome. American just make assumptions. They don;t wait to know sometime. Or it’s like if someone form California saw a “Minookean” kid and saw “AHHH!!! CHILDREN OF THE CORN!”

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

haha nice carli and autumn but you never know like autumn said the people of minooka dont plan terrorist attacts but that is just an assumption and who knows carli if everyone knew everyone on the planet then maybe there would be world peace!

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Not just pakistan. It’s in other countries to.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

i know i just didnt want to mention them because i wanted to get my idea down before i forgot it.

5 05 2011
Carli C

Like Iraq and Afghanistan. I only put Pakistan cos that is the only one we’re talking about right now.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Well yeah… I’m sure a lot of countries out there are looked badly on because of a couple terrorists from their area…

5 05 2011
Collin D

Many people are the same its just that a few people read the Koran differently and they believe they are doing the right thing.

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5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Why do you keep putting your wiki page at the bottom?

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

personally i think that the speach was suprising and reassuring. this is bacause the muslims want justice to be served upon the people who killed the innocent. they want forgiveness from america for what the other people did. Syed Abbas wants america to ‘look into their hearts’ and see that the whole population did not mean to or even know about what took place on 9-11. the muslim also accept the charity and are very gratefull for it while we are ‘weeping and suffering in america’ Syed Aabbas also wanted/wished that greg and georg eto be protected and have a successful mission. this to me is greatly reassuring and a little bit suprising. although it wasnt just thise to things to me this speach was also comforting. it made me see that what happened was done by a very small percentage of the population and that the people in Pakistan wish for forgiveness. which also means that they probably also grieve for the loss of the innocent kids mothers sisters brothers fathers cousins uncles aunts grandparents and friends. this comforts me, what does the speach do for you?

5 05 2011
Carli C.

it does comfort me as well because i know they’re not all bad

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah. I think what you are saying is true. Those poor people are hated because of the minority.

5 05 2011
Claire G.

That’s not right

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

It makes me feel bad how me feel bad if someone or me is called a terrorist. If you were muslim and I called you terrorist how would you feel?

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

That is a good point ammar people just make assumptions due to minority. This leads back to a while ago with the question, can one man make a difference? One man can make a HUGE difference on how people are seen and it is horrible!

5 05 2011
Collin D

What comforts me is that when their country could have been in danger they were more worried about their “American friends”

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5 05 2011
Sean C

listening to Syed’s speech i felt sad because we always think of them as terrorists like Bin Laden or something. I found the other speeches informative because they were telling us that they weren’t terrorist like people and they were just normal people who believed in peace not war and they were just like us except they were poor, so poor that they couldn’t construct a school until Greg came. When he came he started to build tons of schools all over Asia. Then people started to find out that not all Muslims are terrorists and there are people who are simple and believes in peace which is what they were saying in the story tat the end of chaptar 19.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

You learned your lesson to stop calling people terrorist.

12 05 2011
Monica G

I didnt think of it being sad as much I thought they were just ignorant and didnt know what the true Muslims are like. Understand what you are trying to say though.

5 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

It made me think different about that culture and about the people that are Muslim. Like when I was in 5th grade I thought that culture was bad, I bet everyone did. But, hearing this speech showed me that not everyone in the world that is similar race and religion to Osama is bad. These people all may think America is bad too. For if we ever did anything but were still innocent and don’t all hate the world. The people are just people like anyone else in the world, I mean for all we know somehow we could be cousins. But, if these people are innocent then what is the point of making everyone a bad person just cause of Osama bin Laden. We can change the way we think of them if everyone could see that. America thinks that these people all are terrorist, but they are all just people Osama bin Laden is the terrorist. These people just have the same religion as him. In their book it says Muslim will be the only religion, but Osama bin laden took that in a different way than he should of. By destroying the Twin Towers, what if someone was Muslim in that building, he would be destroying his religion too. So, think of Osama as the bad person, not these people. These people have hearts, that care for America and what happened to us. Blame Osama, not the people.

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

What do you think Bin Laden should of done in an alternative to hblowing up the twin towers. For example, to spread his religion, he could of just gave speeches and other such things.

5 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

I think Bin Laden should have spoke to the world instead of destroying it. Blowing up the twin towers is just going to make other religions mad and destroy their religion not become their religion.

5 05 2011
NateJig

I agree with you Mackenzie. Every time I go to Church, the Pastor always says “Christianity is the way to go. All other religions are misleading and wrong.” And probably almost every other religion thinks the same way about us. Does that mean that we are both right, or both wrong? After hearing the speech I realized that Everyone thinks that their religion is right. That doesn’t mean someone who is a different religion is wrong. It doesn’t mean there different, and it doesn’t mean that they are bad, either. Don’t judge a book by its cover, or its religion.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

nate i do hope that your pastor is not going to hurt anyone and my pastor usually says as long as there is the father, son, and holy spirit then there is no harm and he said this once about a month ago. pastors also believe that no women should preach which is like saying that no other religion is true. it drives me bonkers!!!!!

12 05 2011
Lindsay F.

I 100% agree people can’t blame Muslims It was Osama that put the word evil in the Muslim religion!!!

12 05 2011
Monica G

I thought the in 5th grade that they were bad people too. But the speech opened my eyes in a way. This showed me that the are the same as us. They want the same things too. They want a good happy life just like us. I agree with you 100%.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

When we read his speech I finally understood that not all Muslims are bad. In his speech Syed Abbas asks Greg and Mr.George for their forgiveness because people just like him are hurting other people who have done nothing wrong. He asks them to forgive his people for the horrible thing that is happened. But they haven’t done anything wrong. Reading his speech made me feel that if you feel like no one loves you there is at least one person in the world who does. His speech showed that even though they are a million miles away they still care about what is going on in America and about they people there. They care about the widows and the orphans and everyone who was hurt because the people in Afghanistan have hurt them tremendously. Sadly, I haven’t read any other Muslim speeches or religious quotes so if there is one in there I give it gratitude because what he says is amazing and shows that people care even if it seems like no one does.

5 05 2011
Claire G.

i get what your saying, but how did you come up with this answer

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Well basically I’m saying that even though these Muslims had nothing, NOTHING to do with the attack they still where apologizing and I thought it meant that they truly cared about people who where hurt by people just like them. And since they terrorists weren’t apologizing they where doing it for them.

5 05 2011
Autumn E.

Wow Jes! That’s really good. It’s sad that the good Muslims have to say sorry for something that has nothing to do with them.

5 05 2011
Claire G.

yeah, but they shouldn’t have to apologize

5 05 2011
Claire G.

Because they didn’t do anything

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Yeah it is sad that even though they didn’t do anything they are apologizing for it. It is kind of like when one sibling breaks something then the other apologizing for it (even though they didn’t done anything) because the other won’t.

5 05 2011
Jenna L.

i totalll agree with you jess no mater who you are someone is out there just waiting to find you. for example gregg and tara, and the one myth. it says that in greek mythology back in thre day people were two headed had two pairs of arms and two pairs of legs one day some god decided to split them appart and that is the other half of you, that is the person who loves you for you! even friends could be that way.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

That is a great way to think about it Jenna that two people are made for each other because they where each other at one point I guess.

5 05 2011
Carli C

I agree. His speech explained everything that the news and government doesn’t tell us. It did show the other side even though they are a million miles away. 🙂

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Exactly Carli he told the truth. 🙂

5 05 2011
Matt

I agree with your ideas but I think the real problem here is the terrorists. They are the bad ones, not the Muslims.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

I know that.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Exactly Muslims help non-Muslims but the non-Muslims don’t help them back.

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Yes because most people think that all the Muslims are bad.

5 05 2011
Grant O.

What did Greg mortenson do? help Muslims.

5 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

whY did you think that all Muslims were bad in the first place?

5 05 2011
Jes B.

Well before we started reading the book I thought they where bad because of all the stuff they did but no I realize that they aren’t all bad.

5 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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5 05 2011
ALEX R.

It made me realize how few Muslims are actually terrorists. I use to think that at least 50% of people in the middle east are terrorists, but this book and that speech showed me different. According to the book the three things that Islamic people value is peace,prosperity, and charity. Now I know that most Muslims are not terrorists, but are peaceful people in need of technology and food,water,and a school. Another big thing that surprised me is that most Muslim people knew and worried and cared about what happened to ” A village called New York” when the world trade center went down and the Pentagon was damaged. So this is what I learned/ thought about Syed Abyss’ speech.

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

I completely agree! Not a lot of people in the middle east are terrorists.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Not 50% is terrorist less than 1% of muslims are terrorists

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

Alex only thought 50% of the Muslims were terrorists.

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

Reading Syed Abbas speech made me feel very guilty. Sometimes it seems like us Americans just assume that all Muslims are all extremists in their religion, like Bin Laden. Also, people in Korphe say things to Greg that are very reassuring. It is reassuring because it really makes you think that people from that area of the world aren’t all bad, and it also makes you look at things from their perspective. They are being judged on their character for things they didn’t even do, when they are actually caring people. We have people in the U.S.A that are bad too, but we don’t get judged on those bad people, we get judged on all the good things we do. So, if we get judged on the good things we do, why don’t the Muslims? Why do us Americans get the special treatment, when we have done some bad things too? b

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

There was a typo, there shouldn’t have been a b after my ? mark at the end.

5 05 2011
Brianna C.

I agree, the Muslims shouldn’t be judged differently just cause they believe in a different religion.

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

Brianna, that could be one of the reasons they are treated differently, can you think of any more??

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

I also agree and if any of you want to see the rest of my comment scroll down

5 05 2011
Antonio M

Exactly what I was thinking. Just because were America doesn’t mean were the nicest people in the world.

7 05 2011
Hailey A.

I do agree we aren’t all nice just like not all Muslims are extremists. They do believe in a different religion and believe that killing the other religions is right. This is like us but we believe that being kind and helping others rather then killing others is correct. This is just like how we right our responses, we all look at in a different way and we all believe it is the correct way to look at it. You don’t have to feel completely guilty because not everyone in the world thinks all Muslims are extremists, but it is right for us to have a little guilt. Think if Syed Abba gave his speech to the entire world, how many people/percent of the world would change their mind about all Muslims? I believe it would be around 80% of the world.

12 05 2011
Monica G

I wouldnt feel bad because they are just ignorant. They dont understand that we are all the same. Some day hopefully they will understand like we do. But I kind of understand why you think that way.

5 05 2011
Grant O.

The speech made me feel different towards most Muslims. It made me realize that not all Muslims are terrorists that are devoting there life to killing Christians. They are just like you and me. Like Mr. Curtis said If you put jeans and a t shirt on these kids they would look just like us also. Some other things are that the people love Greg they aren’t like our stereotype Muslim that is jealous of America and wants to bring it down. Then the boy in suubkhan said that Americans have changed his life for the better. Muslims aren’t what 9- 11 made us think of them. They are normal people just lie us.

5 05 2011
Grant O.

In the last sentence I had a typo and meant to say like not lie.

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

When you said “stereotype”, you made it sound like all Americans thought Muslims were terrorists.

5 05 2011
Carli C

American are so stereotypical. Its just not nice.

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

Carli, are all Americans stereotypical?

5 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

carli, not all americans are stereotypical.

12 05 2011
Monica G

This made me think different too. That also made me know that the are like us. I agee with you 100%.

5 05 2011
NateJig

His Speech made me feel a little safer. Now knowing that most people in Afghanistan were AGAINST 9/11 and were angry at the terrorists, makes me feel like we’re not alone. They live in the country with those people and still survive. If they can do that in the same country, we can do it, too in a country that’s practically half-way across the world. We are FIGHTERS! I think it also surprised me when the school teachers, medical workers, children, and just plain citizens wanted to help the United States even though they needed help, themselves. It is amazing how selfless and considerate people can be regardless of religion or money. Is it because they wanted to show the terrorists that no matter what, they can’t bring down other religions, or are they being just plain………nice?

12 05 2011
Monica G

You are soo right we are fighters! And i also think that they are very kind people if you think about it. All the things you said are very true. Good job Nate!

5 05 2011
Claire G.

Reading Syed abbas speech mad me disappointed in Americans, in a way. Most Americans, either choose not to or forget to include Muslims. Although, just because they believe in different things gives us no reason to not include Muslims. Many times when people think of Muslims, they often think of terrorists,but many Muslims, are quite like us, quiet ,peaceful ,and wanna have a good life. Though,there are few Muslims that believe in terrorism. But, they believe terrorism is the right thing. For example Osama Bin Laden, believed that destroying the twin towers, and the pentagon, was the right thing to do. He thought this is what god wants me to do. Therefore, he had a reason to destroy famous buildings, although, I strongly believe it was still not right to do, no matter what the reason.

5 05 2011
Alex R.

That is very true I never thought about it like that.

12 05 2011
Monica G

I agree with you haif way Claire. Im not dissponited with us Americans i mean Osama Bin Laden and his group blew us up not really but you know what i mean. I just think they thought that they were all like that and were All bad people which there not. Again I think that they are just ignorant and dont know so i wouldnt be disapointed i would just try to understand and try to help them understand that they are just like us. I do understand why you feel that way though. But i agree with you when you say that they are like us. Good Job Claire!!

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

This speech by Sayed changed peoples thoughts of Muslims. This speech shows how everybody calls Muslims Terrorists. BUT THEY ARE NOT! They are just normal people like us. They do not terrorize people. They want a normal life. I have a few friends that are Muslims and their feelings are hurt because some people want to be racist and call them terrorists. There is proof from their holy book the Koran having a verse saying that you are forbidden to murder a person. But people don’t know that because the don’t care. I have friends, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles, e.t.c that are Muslims. Some people in this class may not know but some do is that I’m one to. I’ve been called terrorist. I’ve been made fun of about it. Just this school year I been called a terrorist about 7 or 8 times. But I’m guessing that some people don’t care. I got a question. If I am a Muslim. When did I ever bomb people are threaten people about it? I want an answer! Why would people call Muslims a terrorist if they never want to blow up anything? I don’t want a racist answer. Why don’t answer this question and think about it. Watch and find out you made a mistake about that. I’m going to say my question again. Why do you call Muslims terrorists? Has a Muslim ever came up to you and say,”I’m gonna bomb you.” And I’m talking about you not the U.S.

5 05 2011
Claire G.

i agree it did change people life’s, in many ways

5 05 2011
Matt

I hate when people are racist. And no I’ve never ever had a Muslim say that they are going to bomb me and I don’t plan to ever hear that. Now I have a question for you. Who’s the real bad guy, America or the Muslim religion?

5 05 2011
Claire G.

i don’t really know? what do you think?

5 05 2011
NateJig

NEITHER OF THEM! The real bad guys are the terrorists who take their religion too seriously (NOTE: This does not involve every person who is Muslim) and the racist people who fear every person who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan or anyone who is just plain Muslim, regardless of where they live. If you ask me, It isn’t just plain Americans or just plain Muslims who are the bad guy. It’s the small group of people inside both the Americans and the Muslims who are racist thinking either “Muslims are bad (Racist Americans)”or “Anyone who isn’t Muslim is bad (Terrorists)”

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Neither

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

The extremists are

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

In the sentence I’m on to it was supposed to be too

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Oops now the on is supposed to be one

5 05 2011
Alex R.

wait what I dont understand that

5 05 2011
Carli C

I would consider calling you a terrorist religious discrimination. Its a form of bullying and is not nice.

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

I agree your answer. Just last year i actually thought that all Muslims were terrorists, but now my view has completely changed.

5 05 2011
Alex R.

So did I I always thought that if you were a terrorists you had to be a Muslim or else your not a terrorist.

5 05 2011
Grant O.

The reason some people call muslims terrorists is just because of what some of them have done in the past. But I totally agree with you in fact there are many terrorists in other parts of the world. Just 1% of your religion read the koran in a different way and have gone extreme. People should not judge your religion because of what 1% has done.

5 05 2011
NateJig

I agree with you, A LOT Ammar. I understand why you would be so angry. I’ve been bullied, too a lot in the past. It doesn’t feel good. It probably feels a lot worse knowing that they’re picking on you because of religion. You just have to face the fact that there are people out there who are stubborn and think that they are always right, and people who make themselves feel better by finding at least ONE reason to pick on you, then they drag out that reason for years so that you are always there, and they always have a reason to pick on you. Those people are wrong in every way and I’m sure that everyone agrees with me. Even the bullies because they’re too stubborn to realize that they are one of those people. I want to end it, don’t you?

5 05 2011
Isabel T

Im soo sorry to hear that Ammar. Its very unfortunate. that people have come to that.

12 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree with you about he change the the thoughts all the Muslim people had.And tried to make them feel not hate America.

5 05 2011
Alejandro S.

The fact that the villages in Pakistan knew what happened and cared for the Americans will opening a new school made me happy . 9/11was devastating for the Americans. A lot of people died and America then hated the terrorist group. Ever since the Americans knew were most of those groups came from they hated those places. The thing that i am unassured about is that most Americans don’t realize that not all people in Pakistani and Afghanistan are terrorist. Most people there are in poverty and cant afford anything but to make it themselves. Just like in the book the holy man gave a speech about the the new school and how education would be great the but, that the Americans would not think of them as terrorist for the events that happened but to think of them as good people who have noting to do with terrorist.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

It’s not only Pakistan and Afghanistan almost all muslims are called terrorist.

5 05 2011
Collin D

This made me remember how bad 911 was. Even though I was too young to remember it. When he said that your grandchildren will remember it he was right. Even though it has been nearly 10 years we are still trying to clean up all of the wreckage from the plane and from the buildings. though now we have begun to rebuild and I think that the death of Osama Bin Laden will only improve the moral of those cleaning and rebuilding the twin towers.
When Syed Abbas gave his speech I immediately understood that the problem with those religious extremists won’t just go away. We have to fix the problem. It would take time and hard work just like I said in the first paragraph, it has been nearly 10 years since the attack! I think that we should stand up to them and that is why we are at war in Afghanistan.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

Also the speech said that Muslims are not terrorists. Also watch on what you say in the 2nd paragraph. It sounds like your saying america is at war with terrorist and peaceful Muslims.

5 05 2011
Ammar I.

with was supposed to be against

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

I don’t think that terrorist group will ever go away because more and more people will just join the group.

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

The speech given by Syed Abbas was reassuring, I also think other quotes that were given were also reassuring that not all Muslims are evil. I think because the people at the school giving speeches were about how they shared the same sorrow as America. If they did the same evil they would not be saying this. When I first heard of 9-11 I thought all Muslims were evil, but now i know that they are not all evil, and the speeches and quotes are reassuring that topic.

5 05 2011
Matt

Syed Abbas’ speech about nine eleven was very moving. He showed us that not all Muslims are bad. Some just are misunderstood and are good, normal people like me or you. Others like Osama Bin Laden are bad people and deserves to die. These people are the extremists of the Muslim. They have killed thousands of people while they are thinking they are doing something good and will go to heaven when really aren’t going anywhere near there. Syed Abbas showed us that not all Muslims are terrorist, they are good people unlike the extremists that should all rot at the bottom of the ocean. Most Muslims are normal and nice people who should be treated fairly just like us. So don’t ever think Muslims are bad. They’re just like us besides the extremists, though. ;(

5 05 2011
Lauren W.

If Muslim extremists think they are going to heaven, and are doing the right thing, do you ever think Muslim extremists will ever realize they are doing something wrong???

5 05 2011
Carli C

They still probably think they are following the words of the Koran and God is “on their side” They’ll most likely never realize the things that they have done.

5 05 2011
Brianna C.

I agree with you Lauren. How would they know that their wrong? They probably won’t, because they think that the bible is telling them to do all these bad things.

5 05 2011
Isabel T.

Exactly Carli…

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

This is a great question Lauren! I believe that people like extremists would never understand that they are doing something wrong because they believe that they are doing the right thing! I stated a while ago that people believe in different things, and ones terror would be anothers gold. So someone who believes they are doing the right thing may be the total opposite to another. Does anyone think differently or believes in the same thing?

5 05 2011
Nikolas S

I think almost all Muslims are misunderstood.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

This is very true Nikolas, but don’t you think that all Muslims are misunderstood. This is because the extremists that caused 9-11 wouldn’t of had to be Muslims, but could have been another religion, so we shouldn’t have anything against the Muslim religion. So don’t you think that all Muslims are misunderstood?

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

You wrote a very good response, but they have a different religion and believe by doing what they did they will go to heaven but we don’t think they will because we don’t see eye to eye. You also can’t say we aren’t bad because we are the one that are also bombing other places just like they bombed the twin towers. There reason is religion ares is to keep us safe. Other wise your response was well written

12 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree that his speech was moving about nine eleven and how he wanted to show that all Muslim people are not as bad as we think they are.

5 05 2011
Isabel T.

When Syed Abbas gave his speech i thought that it was pretty reassuring. One thing that he said that really made me think that it was reassuring was when he told the people “…Today from the darkness of illiteracy to the light of education shines bright.” To me this was really telling the people of Kuardu, Changazi’s Village that they have gone through a time of illiteracy and unhappiness to a time of education and peace. And because they could improve so much in that time, i think made them feel that things were going to be okay. Also when he said that if they were to take a step back and look at the all of the Muslims they would see that the majority of them aren’t terrorists. This may have made better about themselves and all Muslims in general.
One thing that Greg said that i think may have made them feel reassured was when he said that he wishes he would tell the Americans that when they hear the word Muslim to them it is just another word for terrorists but if they had been there that day to hear Syed Abbas’s speech they would have seen that the Muslim people are full of justice, tolerance, and charity.

5 05 2011
Isabel T.

Also when Syed Abbas said that they should Protect Greg and George with their life and make their mission successful was a little out of line because why should they have to do everything for them when they have their families, education, and their O W N lives to worry about?

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

You are definitely right. People do here the word Muslims and think of terrorist. Do you think If Syed Abba could have said his whole speech in front of the entire world he would have changed the way people think of Muslims? If he had would there be less terrorist attacks? If I was in his shoes choosing whether to tell the whole world or not I would, would you tell the world too? You wrote a very nice response and it really told me how you felt when you heard Syed Abba’s speech.

5 05 2011
Isabel T.

Thankyou Hailey. And i think it would completely change some people’s views but no all because some people are just so stubborn.

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

You are right people are really stubborn and they might not change their mind, but considering how heartfelt his speech was it would have at least changed most of the world’s mind about how Muslims really are.

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

You are right, people can be very stubborn, but I believe that Syed Abba’s heartfelt speech will change the mind if at least 75% of the world’s opinion of Muslims. Otherwise you are right.

12 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree that his speech was reasonable and to show that Muslim are full of justice and charity.

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

Syed Abba’s speech made me feel inspired. It made me inspired when he said ” Today, from the darkness of illiteracy, the light of education will shine. To me this mean that even though the Twin Towers have just been bombed, which is the darkness of illiteracy, Greg was in Pakistan helping kids get an education, which is the light of education shining. That statement inspired me because it made me think even though I might be having a bad day I can always do something to help someone which will make me feel happy.
Syed Abba’s speech also made me feel reassured, that someone was there doing something that might be able to change the world and stop wars. It made me feel this way when he said that those who have committed evil may justice be served upon them. To me this statement told me know that someday the men and women who have done evil things will be gone forever and the world will be a better place.
I also found that what Haji Ali told Greg,”Think of them, think of only them,” meant when you need to help someone in need or you need a loved one who doesn’t walk the face of this Earth any more, only think of them and you will feel much better or will get things done right and faster. This quote really inspired me to only think of what I miss or what I’m doing and it will get done or I will feel much better.
All of the statements in this book have at least inspired one person or maybe two. I know that I was inspired by the statements and by Syed Abba’s speech. These statements even if they were only a couple of word’s might stick with me forever, and when I get older I might change the word just a little, but I will have made a huge impact on who I have helped. This is how Syed Abba’s speech, and other quotes in the book made me feel.

5 05 2011
Isabel T.

Hailey, that is an amazing way to see it! I completely agree.

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

Thanks. Everybody looks at it different ways so everyones response would be different. You also had a nice way of looking at it. If I had looked at a different way mabe no one would have looked at it the way I did now.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

Hailey that is such a great way to look at things! All of these comments are looking at this speech as being sad or even mad, but there are also some upsides os the speech also. You said it made you feel inpired which is very true because there is some inspiration in this speech that will inpire people nomatter what they believe in! This is a great comment because you found some positive out of something that people would find negative, and I find that a great thing!

5 05 2011
Angela Z.

Syed Abbas speech brought inspiration to me because he is really passionate about proving that not all of the Muslim people are bad people. All they really are is just regular people just like you and me. Some people do not understand that, and become judgmental towards all the Muslim people after only what few of the Muslims did. Because of what the evil people did, it takes a turn on all of the people with the same belief. Abbas is trying to say that after all of the awful things that had occurred, there are still many good things like education, things that can’t be ruined. He is only asking to see them for who they are, and not who others are or what they do. He’s asking to see that not all Muslims are evil people like terrorists, but peaceful, caring people inside. This makes me feel good that this world is a good place, and some people only ask for one simple thing, to be seen for who they really are. It also makes me disappointed that so many people think all Muslims are bad after what only a few had done. It makes me feel how hurt I would be if I were judged like that . All people should be treated with respect if they did nothing wrong.

5 05 2011
Brianna C.

When we read Syed Abbas’ speech, it made me feel sad. Because it was about 9-11 and a lot of people lost their lives that day. So it’s really sad when you think about it. And all of it happened cause of, Osama Bin Laden. He killed all of those people because of their religion. Now he thought he would go to heaven, because he thought that’s what the bible wanted him to do. So I guess its a good thing that he died. Hopefully now they won’t do anything bad again. It’s also said how Syed Abbas is kind of asking for America to see that not all of the Muslim people are bad. That’s kind of why his speech made me sad. Not all of the Muslim people are bad, like Osama Bin Laden would be one of the bad ones. The good Muslims think the bible means something different then what Osama thought. They thought it meant people of other religions should become Muslim, but in a peaceful way. That’s why some people who are Muslim are very similar to us. But a lot of people seem to think most of the Muslims are bad. Syed Abbas was trying to tell them how not everyone is. So don’t think of all Muslims as bad people.

5 05 2011
Martina K.

When I read Syed Abba’s speech I thought it was really heartening. The terrorist’s attack was unexpected and all these people were weeping and suffering. When Syed Abba says his speech, he makes sure to tell them, hey this horrific event occurred, but it’s going to be okay. Many people lost their loved ones, but we’re going to try and fix it. We are suffering and weeping together instead of alone in frustration. Look into our hearts and see that the majority of us are not terrorists. We are on your sides. We are going to work through this with justice, tolerance, and charity.
Syed Abba’s speech was an inspiration. He made the people feel hopeful. He let them know that we still have a chance to make the world a better place. We just going to start from scratch and work together as a family. We’re going to try and fix things. That’s the type of encouragement you need, when a tragedy occurs, and Syed Abba made that speech. He brought them back one their feet, and made them believe not all of it is bad.
Today from the darkness of illiteracy to the light of education shines bright. This means that they’re in darkness, the twin towers came tumbling down, there in a whole. But if they work together, the can make new buildings, and reach the top of the whole, and see the bright light shining through. As long as they have confidence and everyone participates anything is possible! 🙂

I wonder what the people would have been like, if Syed Abba didn’t give a speech???????

5 05 2011
Hailey A.

That is a good question. I believe that people wouldn’t be so aware and sad the 9-11 bombing. How would the people have been if he didn’t give a speech in your own thoughts and words.

12 05 2011
Maegan G.

I totally agree Bri! You really showed and expressed how you felt and what you thought. 🙂

5 05 2011
Antonio M

Syed Abbas’s speech made feel sad for all the families that lost loved ones. I think the speech that Syed Abbas gave was to reassure the American citizens that not all Pakistanis are terrorists, but are just as nice and loving as we are. For example one quote he said, ” I request America to look into our hearts and see that the great majority of us are not terrorists, but are good and simple people.” He also asked for Mr. George and Dr. Greg Sahib’s forgiveness. Syed Abbas also told his brethren to protect George and Greg so they can complete their mission successfully. Syed Abbas’s speech was also explaining the book of Kharan. To most Muslims this book is saying that Muslim is the only religion and all the other religions will be wiped out peacefully. A small group of these people think people that believe other religions should be killed. After the speech Greg remembered what the chief said, “listen to the wind.” To me this means that forgiveness will bring you happiness. Many Americans thought of the people in Pakistan as nothing, but to McCown and Greg they are wonderful. All in all Syed Abbas’s speech is reassuring Americans that people of Pakistan are loving.

5 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Every book has some sort of chapter, quote, sentence or paragraph that very important to remember when reading it. In Three Cups of Tea, an important part of the book is Syed Abbas’s speech.
His speech made me feel assured and safe. But it also brought back the bad memories of 9-11. It made me feel assured because i know that not all Middle East are terrorists and crazies. Every one else besides that 1% are good people. Now because of the death of Osama Bin Laden maybe that 1% now knows that America isn’t just a country where it can be bombed and just get away with it.
Syed Abbas’s speech made me feel safe because he said that once the attack of 9-11 occurred, he said he would protect the Americans that were in Afghanistan at the time. When person can say that they are being protected and is trying to be kept safe, it makes them feel better than nervous.
Even though Syed Abbas’s speech made me feel good in some ways, it also made me remember the bad memories that happened on 9-11. This event sure wasn’t a happy day for the entire U.S. More than 10,000 Americans were killed. Even 10 years later, it still hurts people because their loved ones are now gone.
So this speech definitely has some important parts in it that mean a lot. It is important to understand and know what it means.

5 05 2011
Collin D

I feel the same way Bryce.

12 05 2011
AlexaA

Bryce i feel the same way about the speech and i think that you were right when you said that Osama Bin laiden dieing is a new chapter for Pakistan and for the U.S.

5 05 2011
Carli C

even with those 10 years, people still think terrorist. Its wrong to do so because, well, they need to get their facts straight.

11 05 2011
Maisie M.

Syed Abbas’s speech to me made all the sense in the world. He was saying how Muslims are 99.9% good and that little .1% are the terrorists. But i have never really thought of Muslims as bad people, some of my friends are Muslim so I would personally never think of them in any way like that. This speech means a lot to me though, Syed Abbas has proven a really, really good point. He made the American’s who think that Muslims are bad reverse those thoughts, because really, the Muslims and us Americans are allies. We have been helping the Muslims fight in the war over in Iraq. So to me this speech means everything about respecting all cultures. No matter what race, ethnicity, religion, etc. you are we are all human beings. And just because they have different beliefs or look or dress a certain way doesn’t mean that they are bad people! The main thing that I caught from this speech was really how horrible some people are to other cultures. And that we should grow to respect everyone no matter where they’re from, what their skin color is, religion, etc.

11 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that you are right

12 05 2011
Ariana.M

i toatly agree with you i think that not every one is bad and i before went off of what i hear about people from foregen countrys. juat because they dress or talk like that or a certin way doesent mean that they are bad people in any way what so ever.

11 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that he was part of the terroist attack on September 11, 2001 and so Greg meet someone from the Al queda team thing and so then there leader was killed a few days ago and so he was part of that team and he was part of it who killed thousands of men children and wives some children have to live without moms and dads or even sisters and brothers it wasn’t right but Greg met them

12 05 2011
GabbyL

I agree. i don’t get why Al Qeada would do something that hurt so many people.

12 05 2011
Skyler W.

After reading Syed Abbas’s speech, it made me think of what happened in 9-11. I understand how people may think that Muslims are all terrorists, but you have to remember that most of them are just like you and me. This led me to think of how cruel we are to think that Muslims are totally different, and that they are all terrible people, because that’s not true. Muslim is actually the fastest spreading religion, and only 1% of them are terrorist. The Muslim religion is actually very peaceful, and 99.9% of them are just like you and me! This all leads to what Syed Abbas’s was stating in his speech. Abbas’s clearly stated, “I request America to look into our hearts.” After hearing this, I felt upset because as you know some Americans did not look into their hearts. After reading the whole speech of Syed Abbas, I felt happy because people like Greg Mortenson is in the world, and does look into their hearts, and feels for the people. Greg teaches the kids their that there is hope, and America can give them hope. So I felt terrible and had hope at the same time when I read the speech. Also, the comments of the girls who wanted an education really made me feel like I had hope. This is what I thought of and felt when I read Syed Abbas’s speech. We just have to remember to respect other people’s cultures.

12 05 2011
Danielle E

You are right that is a good way of thinking about it

12 05 2011
Jessica S.

That is true. Some people in the United States think that all Muslims are bad. I like how you said they just want to be like you and me. GREAT JOB!!

12 05 2011
Danielle E

I don’t know how i feel about it but they were part of the nine eleven thing and they killed tons of people and children don’t have parents and so don’t have brothers or sisters and parents don’t have children or other loved ones any more because of that attack

12 05 2011
andreaT

yes Danielle but some people weren’t included in that.many people accept our help and realize that we are not bad people.

12 05 2011
Jessica S.

I don’t think Muslims are bad. They are very kind people who want a good life with friends and they want a good education. Some Muslims are mean terrorist who try to kill us. You shouldn’t think a Muslim is mean, they want to be like us, have a home, go to a nice school, and have nice clothes. Out of billions and billions of people 1% of people are bad. 99.9% of people want to live a good life and they are nice and friendly. If Muslims are at a school with no friends go and talk to them and make friends with him. Then people will notice that Muslims aren’t bad.

12 05 2011
AlexaA

Jessica i thought the exact same thing about that. We are all just people trying to make a better life for our friends, family even us. But unless we can see past our difference then we wouldn’t be able to actually see what they do and what they need. And i think we are right because not all people are bad.

12 05 2011
Thaisha N

After reading the speech I feel kind of guilty. I feel guilty because us Americans have everything. The Muslim people are still trying to make money so that they could build a new school. The children have to sit in the dirt and learn, plus it is so hot over there. Poor children!!!!

12 05 2011
SarahL

When Syed Abbas the leader of the Muslim gave that speech I felt a little bad that they want to be good.And want to have normal lives like us other then being control by a evil group of people.

12 05 2011
Someone Named Trevor

I think that his speech was very good. He told about all things that the CAI did. Like how they built all of those schools. Also how they helped out so many children, like how some children went to college. They also helped make schools for girls. I think the persons speech influenced a lot of people.

12 05 2011
bree s.

i think that the speech was alright. i think this because in some ways he was right in so many ways. but sometimes i could not understand what he means. i manly think this because some times he gave to little information. or he gave so much information i felt like my brain turned off. but most of the time i was fine with the fact that i can understand what he was saying,trying to say, or put things in the right way.

12 05 2011
Ariana.M

I think his speech was very informing,because i now understand that not all Muslims are terrorists, yes there are some religious extremists out there in the world but there are also people and children just like us and the speech that he presented i found very reassuring to know that not all people of the muslim religioun are out to hurt us,and infact now reading that book i dont think that any of them are.

12 05 2011
Ricky M

reading Syed Abbas speech made feel like every one was like everybody else. so like it doesn’t matter how other people look or act like.so like not all people in the middle east. so like some people might even say that Osama Bin Laden is an OK guy.or Al Qaeda might be some friendly people.we might just make them angry.so it was a very good speech.

12 05 2011
Dr. Jones

I argee because many people need help in the Middle East. The only disagree because you got some many things spelled wrong.

12 05 2011
Lindsay F.

It made me feel happy to know that other people care for us. also that Muslims aren’t bad people. also it made me think of 9/11. and people my think that Muslims are bad but they aren’t because it was Osman Bin Laden that put the evil in the Muslim name. because since he was Muslim people though all Muslims are bad but they are not that’s what the speech made me think of!

12 05 2011
andreaT

That speech made me feel bad. they are good people.all they want is a god life.they want a school with a roof.and education.they are in need for education so they can be something in there lives.Muslim people are good people. yeah sometimes they hate us because of our religion. but most of them thank the people that are helping them.

12 05 2011
AlexaA

Syed Abbas speech did convince me that all people aren’t bad. Ya some might be some crazy terrorist from Al Qaeda . But most Muslims I think are very nice people and are just trying to make something of themselves. Just like everyone here in the U.S just like everyone around the world. And if we only think of terrorist when we think Muslim then we wouldn’t see the real them. kinda like how they think we are bad because we have a military over there. But they think that because they are always fighting each other. And if we could look past our different culture and different religion then we could probably get along. but ya Syed Abbas speech did convince me that Muslims aren’t bad people.

12 05 2011
GabbyL

I think the speech was about is that Syed Abbas speech was, telling how people could be different.They are the same of how they would want to take care of their families.We do want to take care of our families to keep them safe and from really bad trouble.Syed Abbas is just saying how all Americans can be the same to anybody in the whole entire world.That speech made me feel how people can just be the same.

12 05 2011
Danielle D.

I thought it was inspirational. I remember when I was a little younger.. I thought all Muslims were enemy. All I was taught was what they did on 9/11. But, I also think that it’s kind of strange that the book includes Al Qaeda, considering Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. soldiers a while ago. But they think Americans are bad.. but we aren’t. Syed Abbas speech made the Muslims look great. All Muslims aren’t bad. Some are actually some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. Like Mr. Curtis said, Education = Hope. We were educated. But it still makes me remember 9/11. I remember, even though I was only two. Only the religious extremists are bad, so you have to remember the only bad ones are the religious extremists. The Taliban is bad. But the most known is Al Qaeda. It made me understand why they did 9/11. They don’t like Americans. But we have to remember that they don’t think Free is good. They think it’s a foolish path. They think their people will start believing it too. So it wasn’t a surprise when they ordered Americans to leave. but it was very inspirational.

31 05 2011
Skyler W.

Now that I think about it, I did grow up learning the expirience of 9-11, and how Muslims are a great enemy also! You set my mind to a whole different thought on how Americans teach younger generations about how muslims are bad. This is such a terrible thought because due to the Three Cups of Tea book, we all know that Muslims are just like you and me! I never understood why people treat others based on their beliefs. What do you think about the whole situation that Americans are in with the inncodent of 9-11?

12 05 2011
Tori H

Well, when we read the speech it mad me sad because the first thing that flew into my head was planes crashing into towers. After the 9/11 incadent I really, truly thought muslum were all bad people that didnt like Americans at all. But it turn out that only 1% of Muslums are mean. After hearing the speech it made me think well hey I guess not all muslums are bad people. Its that 1% that is!!

12 05 2011
Dr. Jones

The speech by Syed really changed the feeling I have for kids in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 99 percent of the people in the middle east are nice. The other 1 percent is the most commonly refered to as religous extremists. Two good examples would be Osama Bin Ladin and the Taliban. Osama Bin Ladin is the leader of a group called Al’queta. They were the ones responsible for three thousand death on 9/11. Some of the planes didn’t even hit the world trade center. One of them hit were our military secerts in the Pentagon. The Taliban is a group of people who are like Osama Bin Ladin, but much worse.I won’t even talk about them. The point is, not all people in Afghanistan are bad people. Since these wars have been taking place all the kids in Afghan and Pakisatn need schools. That is were a very brave and risky guy called Greg Morterson comes in. He helped change many villages in the Middle East. In conclusion, many people need help in the middle east, will you help them

12 05 2011
Maegan G.

Syed Abbas’s speech was about 9/11. It was very depressing. I hate talking about 9/11, because it is such a horrible day for A LOT of people. Some of us don’t realize how many people we lost on that tragic day. 9/11 I think was a day NO ONE will EVER forget. It is such a sad, depressing, tragic, day. I found it interesting that we got to that speech about the same time Osama Bin Laden died, I’m scared because what if the rest of Osama’s group comes for revenge on the U.S. and kills many more of us. But I’m relieved he’s dead. The whole speech was depressing.

12 05 2011
bwhitt13

I think that Muslim people are just like us Americans. They just want healthy good lives. They want there family’s to be safe and they want to succeed at life. I think that the book shouldn’t of talked about Al Qaeda because people who think that all Muslim people are bad they are just going to think think that ALL Muslim people are bad because of ONE person…but there not. I think we should respect everyone because they are like us…but there not.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

It makes me feel sad. Many americans assume that it was everyone in Pakistan and Afghanistan that are evil and responsible for what happened in 9-11 when it really is only one small group of people. Most of the people are just like us. I also think about how many lives were lost for no reason except that they believe our religion is wrong and that they hate us. I feel bad for the kids that live there too. They are just kids like us and if they are lucky enough to get into a school thats great and hopfully they are not told lies about the US.

17 05 2011
McKenna W

It made me relize not all people in Pakistan are bad. It made me relize that most of them just want to live a good life like us. I think the only reason we think “terrorists” when we hear Pakistan is because that is all we hear about. Nobody ever talks about the good things they do. It makes me happy to know that not all of them are bad.

6 09 2011
Sean G.

why would they

6 09 2011
Sean G.

Why would Paul Bunnin be so BIG?

6 09 2011
Sean G.

John Henry was like a god to all of the miners. He was a king at mining,he was even better than a machine that would hit nails down within 2 seconds.
John Henry was born with a 10 pound hammer in his hand.He was a mining machine.John Henry is so strong he looks as if his muscles are bigger than his body.Even though John Henry wasn’t real, people back then always thought he always could be real

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