After the Boston marathon bombing, the vast majority of articles discussed the American reaction and whether or not the American people and the U.S. government will blame it on "Islam." But few wrote about the Middle East's reaction to those attacks.
Meanwhile, in the Middle East, scholars and intellectuals are doing very little in order to address the fact that most people in the Middle East have the wrong view of the west and the western people. No one is writing about the fact that Muslims and Arabs should restrain themselves from hate speech on social media. No one is discrediting the irrational thoughts that suggest that the U.S. government had a hand in the attack in order to blame it on Islam and launch another attack on the Middle East. No one is correcting the notion that these attacks are connected to the French forces deploying troops in Mali. Essam El-Erian vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice party in Egypt wrote on the Muslim Brotherhood blog on April 16, 2013:
"This series of events began with the sending of French battalions to Mali in a war against organizations that are said to belong to Al-Qaeda."
Jumping into such conclusions one day after the attacks and when the attackers had not yet been identified only undermines the tragedy and shows the world how intolerant some people in Middle East are. If it is Arabs and Muslims who are under attack, we ask the whole world to notice and do something, and we accuse the West of ignoring it. If it is "them" who are under attack, we blame them for it and say, "they had it coming," and try to divert the attention to our own problems and conflicts.