In one of his first acts as President of the United States, Barack Obama goes on Arab TV. by Louis P. Sheldon
On January 27, President Barack Hussein Obama sat down for an interview on Al Arabiya, an Islamovision TV network. In the interview, he apologized for how America has conducted foreign policy because, he says: â€œall too often the United States starts by dictating.â€
This comes from a man whose wife said during the election that this was the first time she felt proud of her country; from a man whose former pastor hates whites and Israel; and from a man who was raised by a Muslim father and briefly by Muslim stepfather while attending elementary school in Indonesia.
What was the reaction of Islamic tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to Obama? -- â€œThose who speak of change must apologize to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and crimes they committed against Iran.â€
â€œHe should know that Muslims will never accept non-Muslims because we are considered infidels â€“ and outside of the faith. In the mind of men like Ahmadinejad, we all should be killed,â€ said TVC Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon.
â€œObama describes his job as President to communicate to Americans that we have a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world â€“ and that another function of his job is to tell Americans about how many wonderful Muslims there are in the world. Why?â€ â€œWhy does Obama think itâ€™s his duty to educate Americans on Islam or to minimize reality of Islamic terrorism around the globe? Is he President of the United States or the President of Islam?â€ said Sheldon. â€
Obama told the Arab TV network interviewer: â€œNow, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.â€
â€œâ€¦ my job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task.â€
â€œWe're going to follow through on our commitment for me to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital. We are going to follow through on many of my commitments to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening, as well as speaking to the Muslim world.â€ ***
â€œâ€¦what we need to understand is, is that there are extremist organizations â€“ whether Muslim or any other faith in the past â€“ that will use faith as a justification for violence. We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith's name.â€
â€œAnd so you will, I think, see our administration be very clear in distinguishing between organizations like al Qaeda â€“ that espouse violence, espouse terror and act on it â€“ and people who may disagree with my administration and certain actions, or may have a particular viewpoint in terms of how their countries should develop. We can have legitimate disagreements but still be respectful. I cannot respect terrorist organizations that would kill innocent civilians and we will hunt them down. But to the broader Muslim world what we are going to be offering is a hand of friendship.â€ Three Hundred Young Muslims Give Obama Advice
One day after Obama was sworn into office as President of the United States, a group of 300 Muslims from Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow sent him an open letter giving him suggestions on how he should treat the Muslim world.
The letter said that Muslim and non-Muslim leaders must be committed to allocating aid for basic needs, infrastructure, environment, education, and job creation for Muslims.
These Muslims also claimed that â€œshared-Muslim and non-Muslim-values of peace, pluralism, and cooperation,â€ should be safeguarded.
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