There is a new movement of fanaticism and terrorism now that is spreading. We should all be concerned.
America is a democracy and as such allows for the freedom of expression and speech. That is a special gift which is easy to use in the wrong way. Yet it is part of America and can’t be denied.
This freedom has been used to produce a film about Islam and its Prophet. Not necessarily a wise decision of freedom and no doubt ramifications of the actions were not thought through.
As a result, bridges between Muslims, those of other faiths and especially Americans are falling down in front of our eyes. There is little tolerance for Americans and American citizens are now at a high threat of risk abroad.
Those who are Muslim and of Middle Eastern or Southeast Asian heritage are also at risk within America. Rather than try to rebuild bridges, too many Americans are wanting to lash back over the violence and deaths in Egypt and Libya.
How do we get back on track to building bridges? Can we? Everyone will have to dig down deep to recapture tolerance. We can’t allow those without any common sense or those who want to be destructive take the rest of us down.
Thus far there have not been reports of unrest or threats against Americans in Saudi Arabia. This gives hope to the depth of relationship between the two countries.
This is a time for people to be vigilant and aware. If you are an American abroad, know your situational awareness. Do not draw attention to yourself. The same applies for expatriates or foreign students from the GCC region in America. They, too, need to be aware that emotions are high and there are crazy people who wish to lash out and hurt.
For those who have the call in their hearts, reach out to one another. Show solidarity and support for tolerance.