Watch out for this terminological outrage, noted by my brother in February, over the next few days. Abu Ali's only resemblence to Robert E. Lee was in wearing a beard (and that has the wrong color).
To be fair to CNN, they did subsequently in their account describe Abu Ali as "Arab-American".
So why not do that from the start?
A good way of avoiding these problems, of course, is not to have Muslim/Arab immigrants in the first place.
Stephen Steinlight, please call home!