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Obama wants to address the Muslim world — but from where?

December 4, 2008

Now here’s an interesting question. The New York Times reports that President-elect Barack Obama wants to make “a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office.” But from which one? As NYT staffer Helene Cooper explains, it’s a question that’s fraught with diplomatic, religious and personal complications. After a day of calling around Washington, she found a consensus:

It’s got to be Cairo. Egypt is perfect. It’s certainly Muslim enough, populous enough and relevant enough. It’s an American ally, but there are enough tensions in the relationship that the choice will feel bold. The country has plenty of democracy problems, so Mr. Obama can speak directly to the need for a better democratic model there. It has got the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that has been embraced by a wide spectrum of the Islamic world, including the disenfranchised and the disaffected.

(Photo: Obama image in Jakarta, 25 Oct 2008/Dadang Tri)

That’s a diplomatic answer, the kind you’d expect to get inside the Washington Beltway. Let’s look at this more from the point of view of religion. If the American president gives a major speech in a Muslim country, it will be seen as an indirect comment on the type of mosque-state relations found in that country. It’s not for him as a non-Muslim to endorse a certain type of Islam over another, say Sunni over Shi’ite. But as a politician from a country where church-state relations are a lively issue, one could expect him to ask what message his choice will send concerning the political relationship with religion in the state he chooses.

There is no obvious answer. There are Muslim states with close or distant links to violence in the name of religion, which should rule them out from the start. There are Muslim states that do not respect full equality for women, religious minorities and other groups — that’s a strike against them. Others Muslim states seem stuck in a time warp, or are politically unacceptable because they are not even barely democratic. This is where the diplomats start to see some daylight. But there is also overlapping among these groups, so no model candidate emerges. The world is a complicated place, an insight that should now return to U.S. foreign policy after eight years of denying this reality.

Seen that way, the diplomats Cooper consulted seem too cautious. While there is no ideal candidate, two Muslim countries seem to represent more of what Obama might want to see than Egypt — Indonesia and Turkey. On Indonesia, Cooper writes “the very fact that Mr. Obama once lived and went to school there would make choosing it seem like cheating.” Says who? It’s the most populous Muslim nation in the world and it has an Islamist problem that it is fighting better than many others.

Cooper also rules out Turkey because a Turkish diplomat told her his country had no problem with its Islamic identity but it had a secular system. Turkey’s certainly not perfect, but isn’t it trying more than many other Muslim countries to harmonise its faith, its past and its future in a globalised world?

(Photo: Saudi women pose with Obama cutout in Jeddah, 6 Nov 2008/Susan Baaghil)

So those are my picks. Where do you think Obama should deliver this speech?

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When I was in the army, back in 1980, I asked a muslim E-4 that I worked with what he would do if ayatollah khomeini ordered the death of all americans. He said that he’d kill us all. Now, I reported this guy and he was transferred to a small base on an island in the south Pacific as a result. But, today people are so caught-up in political correctness and in trying to be accepting of muslim extremists as simply misunderstood people that it has become a very sad joke. They either evolve and work with a democratic world or get left behind. It’s up to them. Screw offering a hand to someone likely to cut it off.

 

Mecca lol

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Pakistan!!!!

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Obama should speak from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This will help start the educated Moslems from being two-faced about their ideologies. On its current path Islam will soon become a defunct ideology, it has to be healed and repaired by the intelligent Muslims if it is to survive into the 22nd century. Hatred of others is no way to be united.

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i wonder why every muslim nation has a democracy problem… like seriously… WHY???!!!what is in this religion that can make so many followers so medieval in their outlook?
neway i would recommend he shouldnt look for places. action speaks louder than words…

 

Garima Singh:

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population (Well over 200 million, around 95% of the population), has one of the most thriving Democracies in the world. To say that all Muslims are “so medieval in their outlook” as to not be able to grasp democracy is ignorant. Whether or not Democracy can thrive in a nation involves many more nuances that whether they pray to Allah, Jehova, or Vishnu.

Which brings me to my next point; that Obama should give his speech in Jakarta. As stated in the previous paragraph, Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world as well as containing the worlds largest Muslim population. Their basic ideology of Pancasila which involves tolerance for all religions and belief systems as well as the fact that they have arguably the worlds best track record in the war on terrorism.

Indonesia also has a thriving economy, with an annual GDP growth of 6% (rivaled only by China and India who’s economic growth over the past few years can be considered a great outlier). President Yudhoyono was one of the Heads of State involved in the G20 Summit hosted at the White House in November, taking part in one of the most important Economic decision making processes in the past 40 years. Even without this fact, it has been predicted by many scholars and politicians that Indonesia will quick become one of the most influential countries economically in the next two decades.

Indonesia is made up of over 13,000 islands, with almost the same number of ethnic groups. They have built their country on the idea of “Unity in Diversity”. A mantra that would well fit the upcoming relationship between the Western World and the Islamic World (which yes, do overlap on several occasions).

Obama’s previous relationship with Indonesia does not make it “cheating” in any way, shape or form. It will make the local population all that more willing to listen, and spread the message he presents across the globe. If Obama were to choose Jakarta as the location of his speech, Indonesia would welcome him more than any other option.

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Don’t go near this one, Obama. Whatever place you choose will be misinterpreted in a million ways. Address the Muslim world from the White House.

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What an excellent idea and I welcome President Obama to consider the the support of the Moroccan Americans, a 200,00 + growing community who based on the 2008 Pre-Election Survey, are 69% Democrats.
Morocco is an old friend of the US and a respected Muslim country in the Region.
The perfect place. The perfect time. Yes you can Mr. President speak in Morocco.
Driss R. Temsamani
December 5, 2008 | Driss R. Temsamani
Morocco would make an ideal forum for President Obama. Morocco combines the African, Arab, Berber, and Muslim worlds in a wonderful harmony, and is the home of a new and dynamic young king that compliments Obama and his vision of change.
I’ve been to Morocco ten times now and have very much fallen in love with the place. A part of it is exotic and new and exciting and fun; another part is ancient and mysterious. All of it is fascinating. It has an allure and a dyamic magnetism. It is beautiful and safe with incredibly friendly people who pride themselves on their hospitality.
I cannot help but think that President Obama would love Morocco as much as I do.
Obama and Morocco–a perfect match!
December 5, 2008 | Runoko Rashidi
When America lunched its most improbable journey, Morocco was the first to trust in it, when a colonizer wanted to oppress a newly born American Dream; Morocco was the first to believe in it. When America knocked on the world’s door, Morocco was the first to say “Welcome America, We Recognize You” when the Arab World sided with Moscow, Morocco refused to be bullied and claimed its loyalty to its long time friends in Washington. The US-Moroccan relations are a true testament of mutual respect, friendship and loyalty.
Today Morocco remains the OLDEST and one of the closets allies in the region. U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1777, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, the treaty is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history. As a tribute to the special nature of the U.S.-Moroccan relationship, Tangier is home to the oldest U.S. diplomatic property in the world, and the only building on foreign soil that is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the American Legation in Tangier (now a museum).
His Majesty King Hassan II was a close friend and the source of tremendous wisdom that was sought by the all Americans Presidents during his reign. President Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton have seen the US-Moroccan relationship thrive today his Majesty King Mohammed VI has continued his father’s tradition.
In no other place in the Arab world will a speech from President Obama have the symbolic meaning that Morocco offers, a land of tolerance and democracy where all ethnics and all religions live in perpetual harmony; making Morocco an remarkable model of peace and coexistence.
As a Moroccan volunteer for Mr. Obama Presidential Campaign I call upon all Moroccans to join this historical effort initiated by Mr. Hassan Samrhouni. With determination, close collaboration and uniform message we can bring the leader of the free world to speak to the whole world from our homeland…Morocco.
YES WE CAN MOROCCANS!
December 5, 2008 | Mr. Salmane Belayachi
When America lunched its most improbable journey, Morocco was the first to trust in it, when a colonizer wanted to oppress a newly born American Dream; Morocco was the first to believe in it. When America knocked on the world’s door, Morocco was the first to say “Welcome America, We Recognize You” when the Arab World sided with Moscow, Morocco refused to be bullied and claimed its loyalty to its long time friends in Washington. The US-Moroccan relations are a true testament of mutual respect, friendship and loyalty.
Today Morocco remains the OLDEST and one of the closets allies in the region. U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1777, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, the treaty is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history. As a tribute to the special nature of the U.S.-Moroccan relationship, Tangier is home to the oldest U.S. diplomatic property in the world, and the only building on foreign soil that is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the American Legation in Tangier (now a museum).
His Majesty King Hassan II was a close friend and the source of tremendous wisdom that was sought by the all Americans Presidents during his reign. President Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton have seen the US-Moroccan relationship thrive today his Majesty King Mohammed VI has continued his father’s tradition.
In no other place in the Arab world will a speech from President Obama have the symbolic meaning that Morocco offers, a land of tolerance and democracy where all ethnics and all religions live in perpetual harmony; making Morocco an remarkable model of peace and coexistence.
As a Moroccan volunteer for Mr. Obama Presidential Campaign I call upon all Moroccans to join this historical effort initiated by Mr. Hassan Samrhouni. With determination, close collaboration and uniform message we can bring the leader of the free world to speak to the whole world from our homeland…Morocco.
YES WE CAN MOROCCANS!
December 5, 2008 | Mr.Salmane Belayachi
Because Morocco is the US oldest friend and ally…
Because Morocco turned to the US when all the other Arab countries chose to side with the eastern block…
Because I can’t think of a safer, more American-friendly, hospitable and welcoming place than Morocco in the whole Arab Muslim world …
Because of the exceptional relationships that Our monarchy maintained with All the American Presidents From Kennedy to Bush…
Because Morocco is a young nation that achieved several milestones in the past few years in terms of Human Rights and Democracy..
Because Many Moroccan Americans voted YES WE CAN …
I am inviting the leader of the free world to Choose the land of Hope: MOROCCO
December 5, 2008 | Nada Elmajdoub
If President-elect Barack Obama decides to give his first major speech on foreign policy in a Muslim country, undoubtedly a brilliant idea, that would go a long way in restoring the image of United State of America in Muslim countries, among others, that has been damaged in recent years. Morocco is well positioned to be an ideal place for this historic event to take place. This is easy to see based on the long and historic great relationship Morocco and the United States have and continue to enjoy. It started back in 1977 when Morocco took the action of allowing ships with US flags to enter Morocco when other nations were reluctant to do so if not opposed to it. This earned it the title of being the first country to recognize the United States of America as an independent nation. Furthermore, Morocco deserves it based on its long reputation as a land of religious tolerance. The theme would be very fitting. This would be an easy sell to the American people who would favor Morocco over many other Muslim countries.
In addition, Morocco enjoys great friendly relationships with the predominant majority of countries in the world, Muslim or otherwise. It is also keen on expanding this trend to include all world nations. Morocco further plays an important role in pushing for peaceful resolutions to many world conflicts.
Should this materialize, this would be a far bigger event than hosting a FIFA World Cup tournament, as major of an event as that may be. Putting Morocco on such a spotlight will serve as a reward for the path of economic and social reform it has taken. It will also compel it, and other nations, to push even further in that direction.
The Moroccan people have a reputation of being very welcoming and hospitable, a necessary condition, if such event is to succeed. There will be nothing but jubilation for hosting such event as it would be mind boggling to find any sort of opposition to it by any party.
The news of what President-elect Obama is contemplating to do is exciting enough as it is. It would be surreal if Morocco gets the honor of hosting such event. Its high degree of guaranteed success would be even more surreal.
Jamal Laoudi
12/05/08
December 5, 2008 | Jamal Laoudi
As a native-born American, I believe Morocco would be the ideal country for our new President to speak out to the Muslim World. As a leader and US ally within the Muslim World in political and economic reform, Morocco would be the ideal venue from which to seek resolve from the world’s strife. Please, Mr. President-elect, visit Morocco.
December 5, 2008 | Thor Larsen
Mister President, your visit to Morocco would send a clear signal to the Muslim world: tolerance is what has always driven our religion and you would simply confirm that the path to take for other Muslim countries is as simple as the example of Morocco: an open country that has never forgot its traditions, where religions have always lived peacefully, and resolutely willing to face the challenges of a modern era.
Mister President, welcome to your home, welcome to MOROCCO!
December 6, 2008 | Faycal Bellioua
I think the petition is not convincing. Personally, I don’t think Obama’s first such speech should be in Morocco because it is clearly an irrelevant spot in the midst of the politico-economic crisis. His first speech should be right in the middle of the soup, in Iraq. He should probably end his foreign tour with Morocco where he can enjoy some good food.
Cheers.
December 6, 2008 | adnane b.
from Morocco, YES YOU CAN
December 6, 2008 | mohammed el aissaoui
I have been to Morocco a wonderful country and fun peaceful loving people. I support you. Jack
December 6, 2008 | Jack Freeman
I really appreciate the presence of Mr.Hassan Smarhouni and Mr. Abdessamad Nhairy atthe RFK HR Awards. Today, Mr. Hassan Samrhouni surprised us again with this great idea to host the President-elect Barack Obama to give his major speech in Morocco. I am supporting it and I can’t wait to witness the history repeats itself, but in Morocco this time.
December 6, 2008 | Saad Benkirane
If President-elect Barack Obama picks Morocco for his speech. It’s because Morocco is a land of peace, tolerance and prosperity. I support you. A. Nhairy.
December 6, 2008 | Abdessamad Nhairy
We all welcome Mr Barack , the newly President to give a speech from our home lands, I’m Egyptian by the way, but let me be fear for a minute, Morocco is one of the best places in the whole world for a such historical and crucial event. Safety, hospitality, and tolerance The Maghreb is the ONE by excellence. We still have problems in Egypt with our government. But do not forget that Egypt is the Mother of the Earth,
God Bless
Gamal
December 6, 2008 | Gamal Mohamed
Three undeniably convincing reasons why President-elect Obama should consider Morocco as the choice for a “Muslim” country to speak to Muslims around the world:
1. Morocco hosts the intellectual think-tank of the Islamic Conference, known as the Islamic Conference Educational, Scientic and Cultural Organization (ICESCO);
2. Morocco chairs the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee”, Al-Quds being one of the major symbols of Islam;
3. Morocco boasts moderate Islam and a proven record in the brokerage of a just peace in the Middle East.
December 6, 2008 | Dr. Aziz Abbassi
I believe that the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the U.S. will be seen by historians as a turning point in the history of the US and the world.
From all what we know about Mr. Obama and the way he has handled matters since Election Day, I believe that this turning point will be a positive one. The world already sees us differently than it did prior to November 4, 2008. I was on a recent trip to Morocco and France, and I noticed that first hand. I was amazed to see the change in the perception of the USA in the eyes of the people of these two countries after Mr. Obama’s election. Everybody I talked to wanted to discuss Mr. Obama’s election and the great majority believed that his election was a good thing. I was told in France that more than 80 % of the people of that country thought that Mr. Obama will have a positive impact on world affairs.
One of the areas of the world, where America’s image suffered tremendously in the last eight years is the Arab and Muslim world, which accounts for over 20 % of the world population. There is a great hope that Mr. Obama will restore America’s image in this part of the world.
I was very pleased to learn that President-Elect Obama is considering a major foreign policy speech from an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in office. This is a great idea and I sincerely hope that it will become a reality. I believe that the ideal place to deliver this speech from is Morocco. Morocco has all the ingredients to make this historic speech an effective and successful event.
Morocco is a Muslim-Arab and African country with historic ties to the US. Moroccans pride themselves in been the first country to recognize the independent United States of America. They also pride themselves in been a part of the longest peace and friendship treaty that the USA has ever signed.
Morocco and its people played and are still paying a major role in bringing peace to the Middle East.
Morocco was a staunch ally of the USA during the cold war.
Morocco has played an important role in the fight against terrorism, and is a country that could be used as a model of tolerance where Muslims and Jews live side by side in harmony.
Morocco is well respected in the Muslim and Arab world and throughout Africa, and is considered a moderate voice in all these regions.
By its proximity to Europe, the message could well resonate with Europeans in general and Muslim Europeans in particular.
I sincerely hope that this speech will take place, and will be delivered from Morocco. I wish Mr. Obama the best and we all support him and are behind him in his efforts to make this world a safer one.
December 6, 2008 | Ahmed Yanouri
What a great idea! Since Morocco is a Muslim Country and we are a long time friend of the United States. I believe this will be a good step in the right direction to unite all Muslim world to make change for peace and harmony. I believe Morocco is the right symbol of modern Islam.
December 6, 2008 | Abdessadeq Zyati
obama speaking in morocco would truly be a historical moment, for all the muslims, arabs, berbers, basically the whole world.
BIENVENUE CHEZ NOUS
December 6, 2008 | Salam AMAR
The United States’ Oldest Ally would love to Welcome President Barack Obama.
Morocco’s geographic location, Vibrant culture, Rich history, Warm hospitality, Religious Tolerance, are only a few reasons why Morocco is the natural choice to host such an event.
Sincerely,
December 6, 2008 | Bouchra Adyel
I knew that Barack Obama would be the one to change the world the day the whole world was watching, and I know alot about him because my best friends mom Mrs.Richards went to high school with Barak in Hawaii. I know that if Mr.Obama were to speak in Morocco EVERYONE fom Marakech to Fez would come to hear Barak Obama talk even If it were for one hour or so. Now, I respect this campaign because my dad grew up in Agadir, Moocco and everybody loved Barack and my famous lign was “MOROC OBAMA!”. Now when I got back from morocco; I was still thrilled about the election. so for the last week before the election my older sis and I stood out with our Obama signs screaming at the top of our lungs to vote for obama nov. 4, and on election day my sister and I stood out in the pooring rain in the middle of Dolley Maddison Street telling other people to vote soon before it is too late.So you can tell pretty much from the lenghth of this posting that I am Barack Obama’s #1 fan And that is why I really want Mr President the most respectable man on earth to come and do this speach in Morocco
December 6, 2008 | Faris A 11 years old

 

Well, clearly it will have to be some place with a teleprompter that does not quit working midspeach, or the US will get attack the next day. This man needs to leave the speech making to his secretary of state until he figures out how the rest of the world REALLY operates.

Remember, a card layed is a card played in diplomacy.

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Never imagined Jakarta as the crossroads of the American White House?
http://philanthropy.com/news/government/ index.php?id=6453

President-Elect Barack Obama’s first foreign capital city visit is not to border nation like Mexico City or Ottawa, but apparently Jakarta. Wonder if the Jakarta Post knows about this yet. Although Cokie Roberts probably considers a trip to Honolulu as a foreign visit.

SOURCES:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/12/ folo_to_politicos_smith_item_a.html

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1 208/Donor_Obama_suggested_Jakarta_visit. html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/us/pol itics/04web-cooper.html

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It has to be Morocco !! no other muslim country has that balance of western and eastern cultures.

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None of these countries promote the right to assemble with respect to free religion, especially Christianity. India and Indonesia are notoriously anti Christ, but they all know that the President elect is a pseudochristian.

 

? Morocco combines the African, Arab, Berber, and Muslim worlds in a wonderful harmony, and is the home of a new and dynamic young king that compliments Obama and his vision of change. Obama and Morocco–a perfect match!
When America knocked on the world’s door, Morocco was the first to say “Welcome America, We Recognize You” when the Arab World sided with Moscow, Morocco refused to be bullied and claimed its loyalty to its long time friends in Washington. The US-Moroccan relations are a true testament of mutual respect, friendship and loyalty

? Today Morocco remains the OLDEST and one of the closets allies in the region. U.S. relations with Morocco date from 1777, when the two nations negotiated a Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Renegotiated in 1836, the treaty is still in force, constituting the longest unbroken treaty relationship in U.S. history
? Exceptional relationships that our monarchy maintained with All the American
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? Presidents from Kennedy to Bush…
? Morocco is well positioned to be an ideal place for this historic event to take place
? Historic great relationship Morocco and the United States have and continue to enjoy. It started back in 1977 when Morocco took the action of allowing ships with US flags to enter Morocco when other nations were reluctant to do so if not opposed to it.
? Morocco enjoys great friendly relationships with the predominant majority of countries in the world, Muslim or otherwise
? Safety, hospitality, and tolerance The Maghreb is the ONE by excellence.
? Morocco hosts the intellectual think-tank of the Islamic Conference, known as the CESCO Islamic Cultural, Educational, and Scientific Conference Organization
? Morocco chairs the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee”, Al-Quds being one of the major symbols of Islam;
? Morocco boasts moderate Islam and a proven record in the brokerage of a just peace in the Middle East
? Morocco has all the ingredients to make this historic speech an effective and successful event.

? Morocco and its people played and are still paying a major role in bringing peace to the Middle East.

? Morocco was a staunch ally of the USA during the cold war.

? Morocco has played an important role in the fight against terrorism, and is a country that could be used as a model of tolerance where Muslims and Jews live side by side in harmony.

? Morocco is well respected in the Muslim and Arab world and throughout Africa, and is considered a moderate voice in all these regions.
? Morocco as an African Muslim country, it has developed into a model for religious tolerance and cultural diversity.

? Morocco has made great progress in human rights and gender equality.
? Morocco enjoys political stability, a stability that is continuously strengthened as we build a modern democracy in the spirit of freedom, openness and tolerance. This is a vision that is led and implemented with strong resolve and determinations by His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
? Morocco is also well positioned as a Western ally in the global war on terror
? Morocco offers a rich and widely diversified potential as it is strategically located on both the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, within 7 miles from Europe and serves as a gateway to both Africa and the Arab world.
? The diversity of Berbers, Arabs, and Jews, to name a few, who have lived side by side for centuries, as well as its close ties to Europe, has made Morocco a different country than many of its neighbors.
? Morocco is indeed the destination for religious tolerance, co-existence, and a symbol of harmonious living where everyone is welcome!
? The US-Moroccan strong ties will personify this historical moment and will utterly strengthen the US foreign relationships and send a clear message specifically to the Islamic world and to the rest in general
? Morocco places high value on its long-standing history of friendship and cooperation with the United States. It has been an invaluable partner in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States
? Rabat wouldn’t be a bad choice at all for its historical significance. After all, it was FDR who came to Morocco in 1942 with Churchill and DeGaulle to sign the Alliance in the presence of Morocco’s King at the Palace d’anfa in Casablanca. Given the fact that many parallels have already been drawn between FDR and Obama, especially considering the daunting economic challenges both faced, it would be good to draw attention to a reform-oriented Muslim country like Morocco. On top of it, Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States as a country, so what better time for Morocco to be able to side once again with the United States as when ushering in a new reign of democracy in the world?
? Morocco should top the list. Among the reasons: The Sultan of Morocco Muhammad III was the first foreign ruler to recognize the US as an independent republic in 1777, and the longest unbroken treaty in US diplomatic history is with Morocco, the M-A Treaty of Friendship (signed by Jefferson in 1787).
? Morocco has started a political reform process since the mid-1990s; it also saw the first truth commission in the Arab world. Morocco has also been a strong ally of the United States, a country that played a role in bringing Israelis and Palestinians together and pushing for peace and a two states solution, before it became fashionable. Morocco was the first Muslim country to invite Pope Jean Paul to speak to stadium with 80,000 Muslims. Morocco is also an African and Arab country, with a multi-ethnic-religious flair; it is a country that years ago integrated an Islamist political party into the political game. So, an Obama trip to Morocco would certainly validate the changes and promote an agenda of reform
? Morocco is a Major non-NATO ally with the US and the strength of the Moroccan-US relationship is well-known in the world!
? peace and love , ?????? ??????? ,la paix et l’amour , ???? ????? , ?????? ??? ?????  , hòa bình và tình yêu , ???? ? ????? , la paz y el amor .
? Obama choosing Morocco as his venue for an important foreign policy speech. What better site to choose than the oldest friend of the United States, and its nearest neighbor across the Atlantic? Morocco was not only the first nation to recognize American independence; the Kingdom has a long history of friendship and mutual support with the American people. Moreover, Morocco is a progressive, tolerant and moderate Muslim nation at the crossroads of three worlds: African, European, and Arab. What better place to choose for stating a new world policy?
? Holding a speech in Morocco can only help to break down the terrible misconceptions that the majority of Americans hold regarding the Muslim way of life..

 

I strongly believe that Obama is not a Muslim and will never be a Muslim. One should not forget that he was born to a non Muslim mother and she raised her as a Christian. If people think that he is Muslim because of his father’s nationality, they are living in fools paradise. Obama carried his Muslim middle name Hussein because of his father and it is just like Shaquille O Neil a basket ball player. It does not mean that he is a Muslim. If I am not wrong, Islam does not encourage a Muslim man to be married a non Muslim woman. The reason is that a non Muslim mother will raise her children according to her believes and that will strip the religion of the father from the child.

If Muslims think that they will get some concessions, favors or justice from Obama, they are deceiving themselves and I feel sorry & pitty for them because Obama will have no mercy for Muslims at all. I would like to warn Muslims once again that they should not misjudge Obama, he will be more dangerous for Muslims and he will harm Muslims as much as he could because he has secure his 2nd term presidency and the future of blacks in the country. He can not achieve his goals and objectives if he sympathise with Muslims or shows a soft corner for Muslims.

This analysis is based on what I saw and experienced in real. Unfortunatly I lost my job recently and had an opportunity to watch US media for a period of one month. I was very shocked to see the reaction of the media and the people of USA. I strongly believe that media is very prejudiced and biased against Muslim and always busy in negative propoganda compaign against Islam and Pakistan in particular. Pakistan is the target of so called developed countries who happen to be Christians because Pakistan is an atomoic power and they are scared of their worng doings. These powers want to take away the atomic from Pakistan but they can not harm Pakistan if God is on Pakistan’s side. I heard Obama saying that he will attack Pakistan and people think he is a friend of Muslims WRONG, he is another Carter, Clinton and Bush or may be more than all.

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@ Richard Mimna – “Screw offering a hand to someone likely to cut it off.”? would that be like turning the other cheek? as in the teachings of jesus christ? you’re saying not to? i don’t understand how our “christian” nation abandons it’s principles and ideals when they don’t suit us the way we like.

 

Obama has no clear policy for Muslims.Because he is not ready to do any thing against Israel wish.

 

His speech is nothing but a way to make US image a better.

 

well seeing to what he said to Muslims that he wants to make long terms relation with Muslims its a good jester but where are the results i think he is still not clear that whats his plan or how is he going to do it its not just addressing or giving one speech would help its how you treat them not jut by saying its by applying what you are going to say and once you apply you are going to see how they b leave in him

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The policy of a political leader should be very clear. We need good policy to make this world better place to live.

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Any muslim country should be knowing about the policies of US. They are destabilizing the peace livings in the muslim countries. So democracy should not be just in USA but also in every country.

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