Al-Arabiya Gets The First T.V. Interview With President Obama
"...part of a concerted effort to repair relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the previous administration..." (AP)
Pardon me for the question, but I believe that the United States during the Bush administration may have been damaged by the Muslim world as well, unless you believe the story that we did 9/11 to ourselves. As discussed before, what about bombings that have taken place around the world, the 1st WTC attack, etc before and after 9/11?
These are the acts of an extremely small group of people, and the vast majority of the world's Muslim population are good and decent people, but has the Muslim world reached out to the United States or any other country to try and mend fences? Once again, the U.S. is being painted as the sole antagonist, with our new leader acting as the lead apologist.
During this interview, these are some of the snippets that point out, in Obama's view, that if the Bush adminstration had not taken the tone and stance that it did, all would be well in the world and those that seek to destroy us would instead be joining us for a rousing rendition of Kumbaya.
- “All too often the United States starts by dictating,” “So let’s listen.”
- “...the language we use matters. And what we need to understand is, is that there are extremist organizations -- whether Muslim or any other faith in the past -- 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.”
- "...And 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...”
So we see that according to our new president, it is entirely up to us, the U.S., to change in such a way that we can placate and negotiate with those countries and groups. Many of the same whose stated intentions do not possess any semblance of the tolerance and desire for peace and tranquility that Obama says that America must have.
Is he our Commander in Chief, tasked first an foremost with the protection of the citizens of the U.S., or is he our chief apologist. Will he go through the machinations of some of his predecessors which is the charade of high level talks with frameworks developed that the signers have no intention or actual power to implement?
This is a serious and complicated problem, that is not going to be solved merely by improved rhetoric on the part of the United States.