2,910. 10/10/2001

“Fifty-six Islamic nations holding an emergency meeting here [Doha, Qatar] issued a statement today [October 10, 2001] that avoided directly condemning the United States’ attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan, while warning against inflicting civilian casualties or striking against other Arab states. …The communiqué clearly and succinctly expressed the various Islamic governments’ central concern–self-preservation, saying, ‘The conference rejected the targeting of any Islamic or Arab state under the pretext of fighting terrorism.’ ”

 – John Kifner, “56 Islamic Nations Avoid Condemning U.S. Attacks, but Warn on Civilian Casualties,” The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2001

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