Obama and the Muslim World

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YATI News From: Sent: To: Subject: Importance: YATI News [ravmoshe@bellsouth.net] Sunday, June 07, 2009 5:15 PM ravmoshe@bellsouth.net Editorial-Obama and the Muslim World High Yahrushalayim Wind Newsletter # 264 Special Edition First I still have a fever and would ask for friends to pray that my fever would leave. Please. Regarding the President’s speech to the Muslim world this past week, I would encourage all of our friends not to overreact based on the media and their reports of President
  1 YATI News From: YATI News [ravmoshe@bellsouth.net] Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 5:15 PM To: ravmoshe@bellsouth.net Subject: Editorial-Obama and the Muslim World Importance: High    Yahrushalayim Wind Newsletter # 264 Special Edition  First I still have a fever and would ask for friends to pray that myfever would leave. Please.Regarding the President’s speech to the Muslim world this pastweek, I would encourage all of our friends not to overreact basedon the media and their reports of President Obama’s speech to theMuslim world. We hold firmly here at YATI that Islam is truly theend time beast; however we have to analyze the president’sstatements without letting our emotions carry us away. Mycomments are listed below highlighted in yellow.   EMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTON A NEW BEGINNING  2 Cairo UniversityCairo, Egypt1:10 P.M. (Local)PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I amhonored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by tworemarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stoodas a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo Universityhas been a source of Egypt's advancement. And together, you representthe harmony between tradition and progress. I'm grateful for yourhospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. And I'm alsoproud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and agreeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaamualaykum. (Applause.)A traditional response in Muslim countries showing that he is sensitive toreach his audience. A way to warm them up.We meet at a time of great tension between the United States andMuslims around the world -- tension rooted in historical forces that gobeyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam andthe West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but alsoconflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed bycolonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and aCold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated asproxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweepingchange brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims toview the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.This is true no one can deny this history.Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potentminority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11, 2001 and thecontinued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence againstcivilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile  3 not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. Allthis has bred more fear and more mistrust.Some claim extremists and terrorists are not the same. That the term“terrorists” should have been used. But he’s trying to reach them, notalienate them further.So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we willempower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promoteconflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. And this cycle of suspicion and discord must end.I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the UnitedStates and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest andmutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam arenot exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, andshare common principles -- principles of justice and progress; toleranceand the dignity of all human beings.He is trying to end fighting and hostilities. Let’s give him credit for that.I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there'sbeen a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech caneradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have thisafternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But Iam convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to eachother the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said onlybehind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to eachother; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground.Agree. Anything is better than death and more bloodshed.As the Holy Koran tells us, Be conscious of God and speak always thetruth. (Applause.)  4 Whether Obama considers the Koran as holy or not is not the point. He istrying to win and gain favor with his audience so he prefaces his remarkswith “the Holy Koran says.” Does he himself think it is holy? Perhapsbecause of his father’s family and the Muslims in his family. When I firstheard him use this phrase, I admit I was shocked. But then I alsoremembered that if he were talking to a Christian audience he would usethe New Testament.That is what I will try to do today -- to speak the truth as best I can,humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests weshare as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive usapart.Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I'm aChristian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includesgenerations of Muslims.He is being honest and open and I do in fact believe him fully.As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of theazaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man, Iworked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace intheir Muslim faith.As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It wasIslam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learningthrough so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance andEnlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities -- (applause) -- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how itcan be healed.Actually it was the Torah that first taught us about health andquarantining, not Islam.
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