Arab Media Praises Obama For De-linking Muslims From Terror
The Arab media praised Obama this week for not using words like “Muslim terrorist” when discussing radical Islam. Last week US Attorney General was the latest Obama official to refuse to use the term “radical Islam” when discussing the motives behind the Times Square bomber.
Israel National News reported:
A leading international Arab newspaper has hailed U.S. President Barack Obama for officially removing the description “Muslim terrorist” as part of his campaign “to reach out to the Muslim world.” The op-ed did not note the radical Muslim bacgkround of the terrorists and reasoned they are equal to other terrorists whose religion is not connected with their acts.
Osman Mirghani, the deputy editor-in-chief of ‘Al-Sharq Al-Awsat,’ which is owned by a Saudi Arabian company and published in London, wrote an op-ed last week under the headline “Why Didn’t Obama Mention Islam?.” The Obama administration has broken from the Bush government’s policy of using the term “Islamic terrorism” in official documents and “no longer [is] responding to extremist voices” that call for targeting home countries of terrorists, he explained.
He said the president is carrying out his pledge in his “reaching out to Muslims speech” at Cairo University in June 2008. Regarding Obama’s statements on the botched Times Square bombing, the editor praised President Obama for not once referring to prime suspect Faisal Shahzad’s being Muslim and for not “mentioning Islam in discussing the terrorist operation.”
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