Dr. Hamid needs more exposure
Dear Editor:”Vilification at its worst” should be given an 180-degree spin and applied to Cathleen Krahe’s letter in the June 29 edition of The Aspen Times. She took more than strong issue with Dr. Tafik Hamid’s speech given on June 25 at Paepcke Auditorium.Ms. Krahe feels she has a much better handle on the Muslim beliefs and the Koran than Dr. Hamid. After all, he is only a medical doctor, a psychologist, a practicing Muslim, a student of the Koran and, most importantly, a former Islamic terrorist. What are Ms. Krahe’s credentials?Dr. Hamid delivered a powerful exposé on what makes the fundamental Islamists tick. He brought us through the various processes used to gain terroristic infatuation. He pointed out who and what countries we must fear, and why. He also laid clear what the West has done wrong and what we must do to save ourselves. It will not be an easy task. He also pointed out that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is definitely not at the heart of the problem.There were microphones available for the audience to use during a question-and-answer period. It would have been a terrific experience had Ms. Krahe used that opportunity to debate the issues fully with the doctor. The lady’s problem is that she can have her own opinions; she cannot develop her own facts!It would be very beneficial if Dr. Tafik Hamid could gain worldwide exposure to let everyone know what it is that we are facing. Again, Ms. Krahe, in her wisdom, suggested he preach in the strong Muslim countries, not here. The obvious reason is that, unlike in any freedom-loving country, he would be immediately assassinated, if allowed to speak at all!Ron HarrisAspen
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