During my naval service, I made friends with a guy from Iran. This guy-let’s call him Jalil-is friendly, soft-spoken, and brilliant. He is fluent in four languages and is pretty fair at three others.Jalil hails from Iran and served in the Iranian Special Forces before moving to America. He is a judo champion, a highly-trained paratrooper, and has a number of other skills that you and I have zero chance of learning.I, like you, live in a post-Sept. 11 world, and as I learned these things about Jalil, I couldn’t help but think, “This guy would make a pretty effective terrorist.” It’s a shame that so many Americans think that way, but it’s part of the new reality.Jalil, who is also college-educated, came to America to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. When he told me this, I didn’t have the heart to tell him that his dream was unlikely to come to fruition. Sadly, he was born in the wrong place, at the wrong time, to the wrong people.The same could be said of Muhammad Abdulqaadir. Muhammad Abdulqaadir was an all-conference running back for Southern Illinois, surpassing 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons before… Read full this story
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