And other news items show that this is not just empty talk. But once again, what is the United States getting out of all this outreach? Does Obama actually believe that if he makes the U.S. play Santa Claus to the Muslim world, the jihad will end? Or does he have some other agenda?
“Obama has big plans for education, health in Muslim world: US Envoy,” from UNI, August 2 (thanks to Twostellas):
New Delhi, Aug 2 : US President Barack Obama has embarked upon an ambitious programme for promoting education, health, science and technology in Muslim dominated areas of the world.
Stating this, Mr Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain, who is currently on a visit to India and interacted with senior faculty and students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today, said the US President had rejected the idea that Islam was a religion of terrorism.
He said the President wanted to promote modern scientific education and improve health services in the Muslim countries, a release from the AMU said.
Mr Obama feels that terms like ‘Islamic Terror’ and ‘Islamic Jehad’ were being misused by the fringe elements who claim to speak in the name of Islam but their policies are totally against Islamic spirit.
Mr Hussain said 90 per cent of the victims of such acts of senseless terror were Muslims themselves and hence those who were perpetuating senseless violence had no right to project themselves as champions of Muslim faith.
Mr Hussain said he has a very close relation with AMU as his mother and many other relatives were the product of this University.
He said the AMU alumni were playing very positive role in the US system.
He was highly impressed to see the rare manuscripts of the Holy Quran at Maulana Azad Library….