Ed Koch, who served as Mayor of New York City from 1978 to1989, supporting the project, had this to say: "I believe we are locked in battle with fanatical Islam and will be for the foreseeable future. I do not believe the vast majority of Muslims, and American Muslims in particular, are fanatics or enemies of the American people".
But, it is pointed out that those who carried out the attacks were Muslims and claimed to be acting in the name of Islam. That, it is argued, is what would stir up memories of the attack if the Center were allowed to be built so close to the site of the tragedy
If the proposed Islamic center was being put up by Alqaida or if it were to be controlled by terrorists or Islamist radicals either excusing or celebrating 9/11, then the hurt, the pain and the anger of those who oppose the project could be understood. But this is not the case.
The promoters of the Center are no terrorists or radicals.