January 4th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Moderate Muslims? We're everywhere

Eboo Patel
USA Today

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I'm not the world's most physical guy, but I have a hero fantasy I play over and over in my head.

I'm on a plane and a guy a few rows up starts to make some suspicious moves. In some dream sequences, he's taking out a box cutter. Other times, he's trying to set his shoe on fire.

Everyone else is sleeping, but I'm doing my patriotic duty by staying vigilant, and I see this guy try to take us down and I'm not going to let him. I yell "TERRORIST!" just as the blade comes out or the match lights up. It startles him just for a second, buying me enough time to lunge over two rows and knock the object out of his hands.

There are going to be some new details in my hero fantasy after the failed terrorist attempt on Christmas Day bags of explosive powder taped to legs, syringes full of chemicals, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

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