Obama to Muslim world: No US war with Islam
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President Barack Obama addresses the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, AP – President Barack Obama addresses the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, April 6, 2009. Obama …
By TOM RAUM and JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writers Tom Raum And Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writers – 13 mins ago
ANKARA, Turkey – Declaring the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam," President Barack Obama worked Monday to mend frayed ties with NATO ally Turkey and improve relations with the larger Muslim world.
Obama acknowledged still-raw tensions over the Iraq war but said Muslims worldwide have little in common with terrorists such as al-Qaida and have much to gain in opposing them. Reaching out, he also spoke of Muslim connections in his own background.
"We seek broader engagement based upon mutual interest and mutual respect," Obama said in a speech to Turkey's Parliament.
It was his first visit to a predominantly Islamic nation as president, and he struck a balance between extending a hand to Muslims in general and discussing Turkey's central role in helping to bring stability to a post-war Iraq and the wider Middle East.
"Our partnership with the Muslim world is critical, not just in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject but also to strengthen opportunity for all its people," he said. He portrayed terrorist groups such as al-Qaida as extremists far removed from the vast majority of Muslims.
why aren't we spending more time establishing and strengthening relationships with those who have been victims of terrorist groups?