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The New York attacks: don't blame all Muslims

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Having been a long-time admiring follower of Hellman cartoons, I cannot believe that he would sympathise with fascist terror or wish to imply that all Muslims support the recent events in New York. Maybe the fault of the cartoon was that it was trying to be too subtle. I read it as suggesting that the terrorists had hijacked religion to justify their atrocious deeds whilst attacking America's 'religion' - global capitalism.

The Muslim faith in general is no more responsible for the terrorism than all Christians were, or are, responsible for the Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, ethnic cleansing in the colonies or Northern Ireland.

What has this to do with the narrow world of architectural journalism? Well, the New York crime relates to architecture, not just in terms of the structure of skyscrapers but because the World Trade Center was a potent symbol of over-reaching power, and this is a fit subject for a serious cartoon in your journal. I am surprised you did not give it more coverage.

Sheila Mullon, London SW4

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