ENID, Okla. —
How are you? I am fine.
I just wanted to drop you a line and see how things are going these days.
Actually I know how things are going. Nothing has changed. You hate us and want to see us lying dead in the smoldering ruins of western society.
We know you by many names — al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Army of Islam, Boko Haram, ETA, the Islamic Jihad Union, Shining Path, the Taliban and dozens of others.
Now you are going by another moniker, ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Did you know Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess who was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic? Do you care? Of course not.
You don’t know our names. You don’t want to know our names. To you, we are simply the Great Satan. You just want us all to suffer and die. You seem to care for little but hate and destruction.
Why? What did we ever do to you? What made you this way?
Do you ever smile, do you ever laugh, do you love? Is there any joy in your lives, or do you strictly live to kill, to tear down what others have built up?
What do you do for fun? Is it fun to kill innocent men, women and children? Does it give you some sort of perverse pleasure to cause them suffering, to leave their families wracked with grief?
Do you derive satisfaction from crafting a bomb that will tear off the limbs of your enemies, that will send shards of metal hurtling through the air, tearing flesh, breaking bone and ending lives?
What is it like to have nothing in your life save for hatred and spite, to have naught but blood on your hands and murder in your heart?
Is killing us the last thing you think about before you go to sleep and the first thing that crosses your mind when you wake up in the morning?
You don’t just hate Americans, of course, but you hate us most of all. Anyone you see as being outside your circle is a target for your wrath, whether they be in Nigeria, England, Thailand, India, or wherever.
Do you hate us because we are not Muslim? Well, many of us are. Some 0.6 percent of Americans say they practice the Muslim faith, a number somewhere around 2.6 million.
These people are not persecuted here, not discriminated against. They are free to worship when, where and how they choose. In case you didn’t know, that’s one of the foundations on which this nation was built. A person’s religion is their business. That’s the American way.
Are people going to occasionally stare at a woman clad in traditional Islamic garb, or to make insensitive remarks? Sure. There are idiots everywhere and some places have more than others.
Believe it or not, we don’t hate you. Until, that is, you attack us. We’re kind of a live and let live people. You leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone, that kind of thing.
We don’t want war. We want to raise our children and grill our steaks, love our spouses and mow our lawns, study our lessons and do our jobs, go to ballgames and worship our God in our own way, or not.
We don’t dream of wiping you from the face of the Earth. We don’t plot your demise during all our waking hours. In fact, we would be perfectly happy if we never heard from you again.
But we will hear from you, we fear. A report is circling that ISIS has its sights set on establishing an Islamic state that would stretch from Spain to China. Yeah, about that whole world domination thing. Have you ever heard of a guy named Hitler? It didn’t end well for him.
In a statement issued Tuesday, your leader said the world is divided into two parts, Islam and the forces of “disbelief and hypocrisy.” See, there you go again.
“The Muslims today have a loud, thundering statement and possess heavy boots.” Great, just keep your boots to yourself.
But you won’t, will you? “They have a statement that will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and boots that will trample the idol of nationalism, destroy the idol of democracy and uncover its deviant nature,” the statement continues.
Democracy is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what we’re about. What are you about?
If you punch us, we will bleed, but then we will strike back with a fury you can’t even imagine. You think we are corrupt, you think we are lazy, you think we are stupid.
Just try us.
Or not, it’s your choice. We would prefer peace, truth be told. But we won’t walk away from a fight. We don’t fear you.
Nor, I reiterate, do we hate you, though if you mess with us, we will, and that’s the last thing you want.
You’re not on some holy mission, some noble jihad, you’re just killers and hate-mongers, and the world isn’t going to put up with your crap much longer.
My best to the wife and kids.
Mullin is senior writer of the News & Eagle. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.