Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Raise Your Hand When You Hear the Tone

I read the NY Times article today, "Obama Signals New Tone in Relations with Islamic World." They explain that "President Barack Obama struck a conciliatory tone toward the Islamic world, saying he wanted to persuade Muslims that 'the Americans are not your enemy.'"

They're right. That sounds completely different from the tone of the last president, who said things like:
All Americans must realize that the face of terror is not the true face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It is a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It is a faith based upon love not hate.
Bigotry is not a part of our soul it is not going to be part of our future.
In our war against terror we must never lose sight of the values that made our country so strong values of respect and tolerance, the value that we believe that everybody ought to worship the almighty however they so choose.

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