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Monday, April 6, 2009

Obama Declares U.S. Not at War with Islam in Speech to Turkish Parliament - Complete Video 4/6/09

Here is complete video of President Obama today addressing the Turkish Parliament - the Grand National Assembly.

Obama used this speech to urge closer times between the United States and the Muslim world. He did so by declaring that the U.S. "is not and never will 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 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 will never be at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical ... in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject.”
Obama is underestimating the number of Muslims in the world who do identify with the ideology of Al-Qaeda. If there were only a few extremists in Islam, they would not have the power and ability that they have. He is right that many Muslims are not as militant as Al-Qaeda, but there are far more than Obama portrayed in his speech today.

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