Islam without a veil

At the height of the Cold War US President John F. Kennedy stood in front of the Berlin Wall and addressed the world: “There are some who say that communism is the wave of coverthe future. Let them come to Berlin.

Today, the threat of communism has dissipated after the Soviet Union imploded, giving way to a new cold war, between Islam and the rest of the world. Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by 19 Muslim terrorists, Islam has come under the spotlight and what emerged was not a pretty picture. Hijackings, bombings, beheadings, suicide fanatics who killed scores of innocents, including women and children, slaughtered other Muslims  Nineteen men was all it took to stain the name of one of the world’s three great religions and to open a schism between the East and the West, between the Judeo-Christian West and the mostly Muslim East. However, true Islam offers a very different picture.

To paraphrase President Kennedy let me say those of you who believe that there cannot be a gentler, kinder and more pragmatic face of Islam, let them come to Kazakhstan.