April 7th, 2009
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

New era with Muslim world?

(CNN) - President Obama is looking to forge a new era with the Muslim world, CNN's Candy Crowley reports.

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  1. The Phoenix

    Take my comments off what I said is still truth .
    People were dying over in Iraq tthanks to Sadam we come to help and the population starts fiiring at our soldiers ,who came to bring justice to them,and now were the bad guys we have a bad image with the world

    Muslims need to get over there hate for everyone else even themselves.

    There was no apology

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. John - Houston

    what does the word "Islam" mean??

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Linda from Or

    Wake up People! Do you really believe that Obama is just now gettting in bed with the Muslims?
    And for you that can't quit putting the blame on Mr. Bush, lighten up!
    At least when OUR country was attacted he did something.
    Wait until it happens again (and it will) then we will see how all of O's
    talk and trips help out.

    April 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. jackman22

    Obama embarasses the US more with each passing day.

    April 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. The Phoenix

    And if there is 5 million muslims in America ,like 9 11 ,got instructions how to fly our own planes on our own soil,I pray they don't hate us like their relatives across the water.

    April 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. The Phoenix

    Say we were to go to war with a country .

    Say we were to go to war wiith turkey yet there are 5 mil. Turks in the U.S. does that mean we don't do anything to the country becuz of americans,the nation of Islam hates american what do you advise us to do,pretend they like us,so that America can get good press on the global times,play dumb if you want to our soldiers have been over there for SEVEN YEARS

    April 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Nancy

    Where to some of you people live? All Muslims did not attack on 911. Fanatics who professed to be Muslims attacked the towers. Timothy McVeigh was not a Muslim and he attacked in Oklahoma because he was a fanatic. Fanatics of all religions are dangerous. For some of you that profess to be Christians seem to believe more in the Old Testament "Eye for an eye", than the New Testament that Jesus brought "Love thy neighbors." History shows most wars have been fought over religion and led by the fanatics of each. President Obama is talking to moderate Muslims which are a good percentage of the population. Respect does not mean agreement, (which is evidently what some of you believe) but most people do not respond well when they think they are being disrespected.

    We can respect a person for their work, their dedication to their family and their community, and not necessarily go to the same place of worship. Those people who hate Muslims for no other reason than they are Muslims are just like the Muslims who hate Jews or Christians just because they are Jews or Christians. GOD must look and this and throw his hands up in despair.

    April 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Peace to you

    A President who understands that one leads by walking WITH allies (and potential allies) rather than OVER TOP of them!!!!! It is interesting to see how vituperative the comments become when it appears Obama is making headway (right Phoenix 88 and Jeff?) Islam is as old (if not older) a religion as Christianity and a large number of people around the world practice it (including a fairly large number of Americans). Should Pres. Obama only conduct business with Christians? Remember that "arrogance" he mentioned a few days ago............................................

    April 7, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Polly

    "Good intentions," assuming they are- do not change people. He is responsible for the doors he opens- as well as the ones he closes. History has proven that the loving, peace-seeking leaders who speak out are the one's assassinated. Jesus was our perfect example of what the world is made of. As Christians, we will not stop seeing the face of evil in our world, no matter what good intentions are done by any man. I believe in the Bible and believe that peace is every good man's dream, but will not be found in this world. We can only trust that God is watching over us. I do believe that John McCain was right in thinking that Obama is vulnerable to Iran, as well as our enemies. The reality of good and evil exists. He may playing the role of a hero, hoping to be one.

    April 7, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Muslim population is the largest in the world and still growing therefore we must seek peace with diplomacy whether we like it or not. Too many times we judge by looks which is a mistake because there are many around us, even our next door neighbors, that look just like us and they are Muslims. Fact.

    April 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. kerry, ca

    For those who feel the Muslim people are our enemies as a whole, go back and read your history and see who started all the conflicts between Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Remember the Crusades? One of the best classes I ever took in college was a history of western religion which showed how similar Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are. There are fanatics and radicals in every religion. I love the fact that our new President is trying to join people rather than divide them.

    April 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Dave NYC

    Well done Mr. President. This is the only way to lasting safety for the US. We cannot just keep using our military, when it's really the politician's job to make peace.

    April 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Deborah/Kansas City

    Paranoia runs rampant, no wonder there are so many mass murders, in this country. We have a wonderful, intelligent, inspiring, big hearted, President, who is admired in the world; which in my book can only be a good thing and you people are predicting total destruction. Shame on you.
    The right wing zealots are more of a danger in this country than muslims are. I don't want to live under the right wint's religious idiocracy anymore than I would want to live in a muslim one. Leave my rights alone, allow science to be taught in the public schools, stop forcing your religion on the rest of us through laws that take away people's rights, leave your religion out of our Government and it's decisions. President Obama is right this is not a Christian Nation, a Jewish Nation, or a Muslim Nation, this is a free Nation. Let's keep it that way.

    April 7, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Folks do not miss the true agenda here that is the creation of a "New world order" and the end of the USA as a free sovereign nation. It has nothing to do with opposing religons of Christians vs. Muslim this is a distraction by the very wealthy and powerful to enslave the world.
    Put away you hate and join the battle to preserve the Constitution.

    April 7, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Once We Were A Christian Nation

    For those who are blaming Former President Bush for Obama and 911, do not forget that it is estimated the attack took 4 years from conception until the event. I believe I am correct about this. There was another bombing by Islamic Extremist prior to that in New York.
    Also note, that religion has offered a lot to this country. It was through Christian organizations that many of our nations greatest schools got their start and many of our hospitals. It is the basis of the Christian faith to help feed the poor and help those that need it. That kind of thinking has been what has helped our country become great. The American spirit that has reached out to other countries.
    Unfortunately, that has changed in the past few decades.

    April 7, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Julia

    I cannot believe the amount of religious bigotry spouting from the mouth of Americas. How dare you accuse a religion, which most Americans know nothing about, being based in hate? There is a group of 'Christians' who protest soldier’s funerals claiming they are glad that the solider died because they believe they were killed because America allows gays to live. If you ask me, I would take a follower Islam, than a psycho Christian any day.

    April 7, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Biased

    It is nice to hear that all Muslim citizens will not continually be brandished as if they are all of an identical mindset, just as not all whites, hispanics, chinese, etc. are not alike either. What still bothers me though is Obama's own hypocritical attitude to the Muslim religion. During the campaign he smashed down rumors hard that he was a Muslim, refused, if I remember properly to vist a Mosque, and anyone using his middle name Hussein was brandished almost a traitor by democrats. Now he visits a Muslim country and freely uses his middle name and talks proudly of his living in a muslim country – so which is the true Obama? The one here or the one there?

    April 7, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. RNC + DNC = politics as usual

    Who do you think Muslims of the world will like better:

    The Cowboy who had open distaint for them and bombed them.
    The Empty Suit who smiles and talks nice and is bombing them.

    How about a non-war president someday?

    April 7, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Laverne

    My fellow bloggers: reading some of these blogs, you can really sense fear. We as Americans, do not have anything to fear when it comes to Muslims. It is fear that will keep people from working together and trying to understand one another position in the world. As as Christian, we have to be grounded in our own beliefs be intimidated because others do not believe the same things we believe. The most important things is we CAN NOT continue to fight everyone who does not live like we do in the US. People are different and see the world through different eyes. The notion that because POTUS has some knowledge of the Muslim community does not make him an evil person of less interested in keeping America safe. We have to move beyond fear which is why racism and other prejudices have survived some long here. It is a blessing to have a leader who does have some knowledge of the way Muslims think and operate. There are still Americans who fear President Obama and that is a shame because he is really a good leader and a good human being!

    April 7, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. nadine

    Ladies, be prepared to begin to wear the burka on your head, not be able to show your hair, body, whatever, we free americans are able to do. The party is over. It will begin to be a world where ladies are not even close to equal to a man, we will be their slaves.

    April 7, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Ray Fisher

    I'm interested to witness this change of tactics from alienating the world to uniting them as equals. Perhaps by treating them humanly they will act humanly!!!

    April 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. veh

    It's so sad that some americans just don't want to know the world. Turkey is a democratic and secular country with a unique culture – blend of eastern and western traditions. It's a country with a very strong separation of state and religion (the same is country Azerbaijan which is on the border with Iran). Society is highly educated and has strong family values. Americans should not be afraid of turks. Turkey is a muslim country but it's not Afganistan which is stuck in stone age. I'm from Azerbaijan and I don't understand why american media doesn't educate the population about those countries enough, countries like Turkey or Azerbaijan. Americans are welcome in those countries and treated with respect.

    April 7, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. The GOP's Frankenstein

    Reading through these comments makes one thing clear: the greatest threat to our national security is not Muslims, but rather it's the Republican base: a monolithic mass of mostly uneducated, heavily armed individuals who get their information about the outside world from each other and from Fox News. They are the end product of the southern strategy. Although this Frankenstein is a creation of the GOP, we all have to do our part to ensure that it stays on the fringe.

    Just as it would be unfair to lump in all conservatives with the GOP base, it is unfair to lump in all Muslims with the Taliban. So no, attempting diplomacy with the Muslim world is not a bad thing.

    April 7, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Mlynn

    I hope the intelligent bloggers here will mostly agree that we are talking about EXTREMIST FANATICAL terrorists, not the religion of a certain group of people. Even in America we have different cultures that we all respect for the value they give to this great country. It is true that most of the good done in this country is through religious affiliations. Religions of all kind that teach love and peace are respected throughout the world. Not the smattering of fanatical extremist terrorists!!

    April 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Bob the Observer

    Maybe our new president can move the Muslim world forward a hundred years, all the way into the 14th century.

    April 7, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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