Bay Area Muslim See Death as Turning Point

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    A Bay Area Muslim rights advocate said Monday she hopes al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden's death marks a turning point in the war on terror.
    Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Bay Area chapter in Santa Clara, said she is cautiously optimistic about the implications of bin Laden's killing.

    "We're grateful. But it's a somber grateful," Billoo said.

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    "This is someone who perpetuated so much violence, both against Americans and people of other faiths, so it's definitely a grateful moment,"  she said.

    Billoo said she appreciates Obama's remarks during his speech Sunday night in which he clarified that Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. She said that will help prevent certain people from using the opportunity to perpetuate hate.

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    There haven't been any reports of hate crimes in the Bay Area, but there was an incident in Portland, Maine, in which a mosque was vandalized after bin Laden's death was announced.

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