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Obama visits Turkey: “You cannot put out a fire with flames.”

April 6, 2009

Obama continues to reach out to the international Muslim community, an effort he spoke of in his campaign and continued when he gave his first foreign interview as President to Al-Jazeera. His approach to relations with the Muslim world could not be more different than that of President Bush. Part of the story from the BBC:

Mr Obama devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, admitting that “the trust that binds us has been strained”.

“Let me say this as clearly as I can: the United States is not and will never be at war with Islam,” he stated.

“In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject.”

He said; “The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.”

“And when people look back on this time, let it be said of America that we extended the hand of friendship,” he said.

“There is an old Turkish proverb: ‘You cannot put out fire with flames.'”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. john permalink
    April 7, 2009 12:41 pm

    actually controlled burning is a great way to put out large fires. The forest service does it all the time
    I’m just saying

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