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Subject: Duke and Aga Khan University.

three students from Aga Khan University (in karachi) applied for research electives to Duke University. the following is the reply from a professor in the biomedical research department.

From: Mike Reedy
To: “Imran Bhaila” , Hussain Khawaja, omer ashraf
CC: Harold Erickson
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 13:57:23 -0500

yours is among three such message from 2d year med students in your school I have had in the last 10 days. Just in case you are legitimate, you should know my immediate reaction, and the true nature of your disadvantage.

Your ethnicity and your age (student age = idealistic) are so similar to those of the jihad-minded terrorists from the schools that nurtured the Taliban and Al-Quaeda that it is not worth our trouble to try to determine if you are a well-disguised terrorist or a real learning-motivated medical student. You may well be innocent, but some of your neighbors are as potentially lethal as anthrax or HIV, and must be protected against. As long as there are zealots whose idea of reasonable dialogue and persuasive rhetoric is suicide bombing, we seem to have no efficient choice but to react with suspicion, which must motivate us to extreme avoidance or to kill-or-be-killed defensive activism aimed at extermination. The problem of such global terrorism, motivated by a delusion of holy sanction for the killing of “infidels”, presently comes mainly from your world and culture. You must solve it internally, or face rejection and suspicion such as mine from outside. If you and your fellows do not root out such unreason from your own ranks, you leave it be solved by unsympathetic military violence from outsiders. I believe it can only be finally solved by your internal action, and i pray you can find better and less violent solutions than we outsiders must use. You will then stand forth as true heroes and peace-bringers to all of humanity, rather than as members of a culture suspected for fostering, tolerating and covertly sympathizing with the deluded and doomed pseudo-heroism of future-hating jihad-minded suicide bombers. War-makers are no longer the heroes humanity needs.

-mike reedy-

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