US Urged to Initiate New Relationship with Muslim World after OBL's Death

 

Washington, DC: The American Muslim Alliance (AMA), a national civic education organization, has urged President Obama to seize the historical opportunity and initiate a new relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.  

The AMA statement in part reads:

“We hope and pray that the elimination of Osama bin Laden will help us close a violent chapter in modern history. To that end, we fully support President's unequivocal statement that ‘we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam.  I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.’

“President Obama has wisely pointed out, ‘Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort.’ Building on that sagacious insight, the US could now open a new chapter in relations with the Muslim world by starting a process of reconciliation and healing.

“Only by respecting the sovereignty of Muslim countries - from Libya to Pakistan - and ending occupation of Muslim countries from Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq, the US could build a solid foundation for lasting peace in the world and avoid escalating conflict among succeeding generations.”

 

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