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megimoo
04-06-2009, 11:53 AM
Obama declares US not at war with Islam

" Pray Tell Why then did they destroy the WTC, Idiot ?"

"Day by day this boob makes more of the dumbest statements .And they dared to call George Bush Stupid ?

ANKARA, Turkey Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam."

Urging a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important U.S. ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, portraying terrorist groups such as al Qaida as extremists who do not represent the vast majority of Muslims.

"Let me say this as clearly as I can," Obama said. "The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical ... in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject."

The U.S. president is trying to mend fences with a Muslim world that felt it had been blamed by America for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

At a news conference earlier with President Abdullah Gul, Obama dealt gingerly with the issue of alleged genocide committed by Turks against Armenians during World War I. He urged Turks and Armenians to continue a process "that works through the past in a way that is honest, open and constructive."

Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyia, two of the biggest Arabic satellite channels, carried Obama's speech live.

"America's relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al Qaida," the president said. "We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect."

"We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country," Obama said.

The president spoke for about 25 minutes from a small white-marble-and-teak rostrum in the well of a vast, airy chamber packed with Turkish lawmakers in orange leather chairs.

Except for a few instances of polite applause, the room was quiet during his speech. There was a more hearty ovation toward the end when Obama said the U.S. supports the Turkish government's battle against PKK, which both nations consider a terrorist group, and again when he said America was not at war with Islam. Lawmakers also applauded when Obama said the United States supports Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

Earlier, Obama said he stood by his 2008 assertion that Ottoman Turks had carried out widespread killings of Armenians early in the 20th century, but he stopped short of repeating the word "genocide."

Gul said many Turkish Muslims were killed during the same period. Historians, not politicians, Gul said, should decide how to label the events of those times.

In his 2008 campaign, Obama said "the Armenian genocide is not an allegation," but rather "a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence."

Now that he is president, the genocide question may not be Obama's best issue for taking a tough stand that antagonizes a key ally. It is important in U.S. communities with large numbers of Armenian-Americans, but it has a low profile elsewhere.

In his speech to the parliament Monday, Obama said the United States strongly supports the full normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia. He also noted that the United States "still struggles with the legacy of our past treatment of Native Americans."


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090406/ap_on_go_pr_wh/eu_obama

noonwitch
04-06-2009, 12:15 PM
W said we weren't at war with Islam, too.

linda22003
04-06-2009, 12:29 PM
There you go with inconvenient facts, Noonwitch. He had such a good cut and paste head of steam going, too.

Bush: The U.S. is Not at War with Islam

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS-AM) -- President Bush today appealed directly to Muslims to assure them that the United States is not waging war with Islam as he laid out a vision for peace in the Middle East before skeptical world leaders at the United Nations.
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"`My country desires peace,'' Bush told world leaders in the cavernous main hall at the U.N. ``Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam.''


http://www.wcbs880.com/pages/84988.php?contentType=4&contentId=207656

lacarnut
04-06-2009, 03:04 PM
There you go with inconvenient facts, Noonwitch. He had such a good cut and paste head of steam going, too.

Bush: The U.S. is Not at War with Islam

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS-AM) -- President Bush today appealed directly to Muslims to assure them that the United States is not waging war with Islam as he laid out a vision for peace in the Middle East before skeptical world leaders at the United Nations.
...
"`My country desires peace,'' Bush told world leaders in the cavernous main hall at the U.N. ``Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam.''


http://www.wcbs880.com/pages/84988.php?contentType=4&contentId=207656

Why does either one of these do do heads have to mention Islam which means a religion to me. A better phrase would be "the US is not at war or will never go to war with Muslim countries who do not practice terrorism; we respect all religions."

There sure must be a bunch of ignorant people in the M.E. who think we are at war with them. Had it not been for the US, S.H. would have conquered the entire area including S.A., Turkey and Iran.

Sonnabend
04-06-2009, 03:37 PM
At a news conference earlier with President Abdullah Gul, Obama dealt gingerly with the issue of alleged genocide committed by Turks against Armenians during World War I

"Alleged"?

God he's an imbecile.

linda22003
04-06-2009, 04:25 PM
"Alleged" is not Obama's interpretation. It's been a bone of contention in international law and diplomacy for many years.

AlmostThere
04-06-2009, 04:41 PM
"We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better, including my own country," Obama said.


Two Questions:
1) When he gets back to the U.S., any chance he'll express the same appreciation for Judeo-Christian faiths in this country? I'm not holding my breath.

2) "shape the world for the better, including my own country"

Which country is that? :rolleyes:

PoliCon
04-06-2009, 10:16 PM
True. I can't think of a damn thing islam has contributed to the United State of America - so what country is he speaking of here??

AlmostThere
04-07-2009, 11:15 AM
True. I can't think of a damn thing islam has contributed to the United State of America - so what country is he speaking of here??

Question 2 was a sarcastic slap at Obama being a citizen of the world rather than a citizen of the greatest nation on earth, America.

ironhorsedriver
04-07-2009, 11:32 AM
Obama went to a Mosque in Turkey and asked Moslems to look through our, meaning USA's, flaws.