November 28th, 2007
09:12 PM ET
7 years ago

Question #1288: What would you do to repair the perception of America in the Muslim world?


Yasmin al Hadi from Huntsville, Alabama

(CNN) - Yasmin al Hadi from Huntsville, Alabama asks: After living abroad personally in the Middle East for a year, I realized just how much damage the Iraq war and the perception of invasion has done to the image of America. What would you do as president to repair the image of America in the eyes of the Muslim world?

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  1. mark, Pacific Grove, Cal

    We tolerated Muslim barbaric insanity until 9/11-It is now time for the true Muslim countries to repair the 'image' caused by these radical animals. You are to blame, my friends, not us.

    November 29, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  2. Scott Robbins, Houston, TX

    I would nuke Tehran, Mecca, and Medina. Than I would appoint Israel overlord of every Islamic animal state.

    November 29, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  3. Tom, Phoenix Az

    Its true that ever since america decided to "Make" Isreal we have been in a bad light with the middle east.we have troops in saudi arabia where ALL the 9/11 terrorists were born. we have troops all over the region and in 50 years we have gotten Nowhere except to exploit OIL from the region at the cost of TAXpayers dollars to protect these oil companys. BP/Shell/Halliburton should be providing the muscle for thier profits not the US taxpayer.

    November 29, 2007 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  4. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    "A court in Sudan on Thursday found a British teacher guilty of inciting religious hatred by allowing her class to name a teddy bear "Mohammed" and sentenced her to 15 days in prison and deportation, CNN has confirmed."

    "A Saudi court on Tuesday more than doubled the number of lashes that a female rape victim was sentenced to last year after her lawyer appealed the original sentence. The decision, which many lawyers found shocking even by Saudi standards of justice, has provoked a rare public debate about the treatment of women here."

    I realized just how much damage the Iraq war and the perception of invasion has done to the image of America. What would you do as president to repair the image of America in the eyes of the Muslim world?"

    I think maybe the Muslims need to work on their image first..

    November 29, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Liberal Chic

    Jeff, Allston, MA. & Tom, Phoenix Az :

    Hear, hear.

    On a different note, while I do try to be a tolerant liberal, seeing hijabs and chadors annoy me to no end. When are the (third world) Muslim countries going to become educated? You don't see these crazy relics of religious zealotry in Istanbul and in bygone Baghdad.

    It's like nothing enlightening has happened in these parts of the world since the Ottoman empire, not withtanding excellent indie films from Iran.

    November 29, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Politicallyincorrectlib, Somewhere, Anywhere

    America is indeed guilty of many blunders, mishaps and miscalculations regarding the Iraq war and the whole "War on Terror" in general, so people who might still think there is any good reason for America to remain in Iraq and let more soldiers die in vain for a lost cause, should do a reality check.

    By invading Iraq, America just gave another reason for Muslims around the world to point finger at America as the root cause of all their ills, and thus, giving them an easy way out of looking in the mirror. And instead of declaring war with bombs and bullets against the ideology's tactic(Terror), it should have declared a spiritual and intellectual war against the ideology that motivates the terrorists.

    December 1, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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