There are no words. “From State Dept., Advice for Muslim Convention,” from the New York Times, with thanks to all who sent this in:
ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 2 – American Muslims met with Under Secretary of State Karen P. Hughes on Friday at an Islamic convention here to offer advice and assistance as she began an initiative to improve the flagging image of the United States among Muslims overseas.
Ms. Hughes began overseeing “public diplomacy” for the Bush administration last month. She said she and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would hold a public forum and announce a new “public diplomacy” strategy next week. She gave few details, but said the initiative would involve exchange programs, debates and interfaith dialogues.
“We have a common interest in confronting terror and violence and hate and crime that is committed in the name of any religion, and we want to isolate and marginalize those who would seek to kill innocents,” Ms. Hughes said at a news conference. “And frankly, who better to do that than many of our American Muslims themselves who have friends and family and groups in countries across our world?”
Great. Let’s see American Muslims isolate and marginalize them, and I will start to believe.