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September 7th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Muslim outreach since 9/11 does little to improve U.S. image

By Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty, CNN

(CNN) - Support for Islamic extremism has seen a very significant decline since the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. By the time Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in May, he and his al Qaeda network had been largely discredited in the Arab and Muslim world.

But with a few exceptions, the Muslim world's image of the United States is still pretty awful.

How did we end up here – not much better than we were before 9/11?

Read the full story about the United States' Muslim outreach on CNN's Security Clearance blog
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam

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  1. Carla

    Muslims are honorable, normal people. They never acknowledge Sodomites.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Peace2All

      Please elaborate.

      Peace...

      September 8, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  2. Muneef

    911 Goha's Nail fixed on the whole Islamic Nation and not particular sectors of Islam;

    911. From days alike last year 2010 up to these same days..of 2011 already one whole year for me here and noticed that heat arises every time this days come closer or a certain accidents take place... Last year was a Florida Paster of Dove Church threatening to burn the Quran...! This year GOD knows what under sleeve awaiting the opportunity to divid the nations united under the Western and Eastern Flags further more into bloodshed confrontations...under the name of Religions or Political Parties"Ideologies"...! 

    Latest was explosions in India marked as "Islamic Jihadists" and another in Pakistan although I was surprised that it was not marked as "Hindu Jihadists"... That would have had both Great Countries confront each other serving the purpose of other competing nations over the Rich Indian Peninsular... Believe me no nation fall back unless people of her own are traitors to it's nations principals and beliefs for the reason of Hate,Envy,Revenge, or Greeds towards material wealth even if by selling their Dignity and integrity or their family,tribe,community,the nation and the country it wouldn't mean much to them...and those can be found among every level of the one Society...

    Any way seems that we Muslims are seeing our religion is being Nailed one  after another with acts that we disapprove of under any name such as targeting civilians or those in duty of the law and order..! As a responsible person from a great religion such as Islam, I wouldn't make an act in a place where I think many innocent Muslims would suffer in the hands of non Muslims...!!
    Still I do not believe that those call them selves Muslims Jihadists would not mind making a Terrorist acts at or close to Mosques or any minorities worship houses,nor in the markets where people make and take their living and needs..!?!
    This is not my Islam where we should reflect to be a honorable example that is Respected and Feared as Human of High Morals and Intel-lig-ence rather than being Feared as Sa-v-age Barb-a-rians...!! That is the True Jihad and not the one we see every one use to claim a false victory bases other humans miseries..!?!

    Islam and Muslims is a General Word that is divided it to many sectors that are rejecting,disputing the main Islamic doctrine... So how would we know which of those are doing what where all then blamed for some thing they knew not of...?
    Find for your self which sector could be responsible in such big conspiracy with others who hate Islam in targeting the Original Islam Doctrine and other innocent Islamic sectors...!?!

    Summaries of the major sects within Islam;
    http://contenderministries.org/islam/divisions.php

    September 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • fred

      Sorry, but we do not see the major leaders of Islam come forward and say this is not what the Quran teaches. Why cant they say Alla does not approve of terror against innocent Americans and Jews.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Kyle

      MANY muslims were dancing in the streets on 9/11.

      Stop trying to pretend like you weren't one of them.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  3. CNNIslam

    Another pro-Islam CNN snow job. Extremism is on the rise, not decline. Since 9/11 the US has stopped 35 homegrown Muslim terrorist attacks before they could execute them. 35!

    Saudi is busy as usual pumping out anti-America, anti-Semitic textbooks to nations all across the globe, including the US. CNN and Muslim leaders would love for you to believe radicalism is on the decline. Don't drink the cool-aide.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  4. barlem

    Great story...but you know the truth? http://bit.ly/ogbu13 .This is the real story, the real messages, the 9/11 is not just a day....it was calculated!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • BG

      Spam, spam, spam, bullshít and spam.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      Did you say not just any date but rather a dated date? 

      http://www.bibleprobe.com/smokeface.htm

      Could it have been some formula to kick the devils out of the place?!

      http://www.christianmedia.us/devil-face.html

      Well some body just made the prediction become as true as have always been doing, except for the Final Date/Hour on Earth they failed since no one knows of other than GOD Allah..
      Well at least the calculations were not available for Muslims to plan as according but rather was with those who know their books and thrive to bring  the few beliefs they have sooner than it is supposed to...!!

      September 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Kyle

      Muneef, please stop preaching. I don't want to hear about this non-existent furry creature in the sky you keep babbling about.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • J.W

      Muneef has as much right as anyone on here. If you only want to talk to atheists then find a different blog.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  5. Reality

    How do we spell the infamous bodily resurrection of the simple preacher man aka Jesus?: C O N J O B !!!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  6. jud

    The day we give up on Israel, the Muslim world will accept us. They will never accept Israel.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • bruceben9

      5000+ plus years? christianity has only been around for about 2000yrs and islam 1500. you must be reading different versions than the rest of us.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • BG

      @ jud

      The day that America gives up Israel will be the day that Islam demands the world give up America.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @jud

      " The day we give up on Israel, the Muslim world will accept us. They will never accept Israel. "

      So, you think it's that simplistic of an issue...?

      WOW !

      Peace...

      September 8, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  7. Reality

    Sunni Muslims (e.g. Saudia Arabia)(~80% of the Islamic population) hate Shiite Muslims(Iran) (~20% of the Islamic population) and vice versa and have done so for what over 1000 years. Hate is therefore inbred in these groups and it has unfortunately spilled over into the non-Muslim world with tragic results. The following plan would cure both groups. Analogous plans are available for curing the woes of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Paganism.

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    alone."
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • bruceben9

      good luck!

      September 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      How do we spell evil? R E A L I T Y.

      You own it buddy. You work hard at being the ultimate FOOL.

      Amen.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Reality

      How do we spell the infamous bodily resurrection of the simple preacher man aka Jesus?: C O N J O B !!!

      September 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      1 John 4:1-4

      1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
      2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
      3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
      4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

      2 John 1:7-11

      7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
      8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
      9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
      10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
      11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

      1 John 2:18-29

      18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
      19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
      20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
      21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
      22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
      23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
      24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
      25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
      26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
      27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
      28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
      29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

      Amen.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, Muhammed, son of Abdallah, a merchant of Mecca was born around 570? Died 632. Raised by his uncle after his father's early death. Changed his name to Muhammad when starting his own religion Koran, (Qur'an) the sacred book of Islam. A compilation of the revelations received by Muhamm(e)ad. The authorized text was written down (c650) by Muhammad's secretary, Zaid ibn Thabit, by order of the caliph Uthman. Divided into 114 chapters (suras), the Koran sets forth religious doctrine and codes concerning conduct of the followers of Islam. Accepted as the word of God, the Koran is above doubt or criticism in the Islamic world.

      In 630 Muhammad became a warlord and politician by marching into Mecca leading 10,000 faithful.

      Sum it up. Muhamme(a)d was a merchant, religious leader, warlord and politician.

      And you too, can own a subaru.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Kyle

      Heaven... I don't really care about Mohammed or whatever. But I do own a subaru. It's a lovely car.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

      September 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Reality

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      September 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  8. fernace

    There has always been "bad blood" between Christians & Muslims! A 5000+ year "tradition" is not gonna change in a decade! The fact that western nations vilify them & lump peaceful, everyday Muslim families in with the extremist, doesn't help! By the same token, the anti-western, particularly US, propaganda in predominantly Muslim nations, also fuels resentment & leaves no room for trying to understand eachother! I've read quite a bit of anti-Muslim sentiment on this blog, accusing "them" of wanting to kill "us," as being promoted by the Quran! We choose not to understand that many Muslims see Christians in the very same way, as being promoted by the Bible! It all goes back to history, as I stated in the beginning of this post!!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Kyle

      Neither religion has been around for 5,000 years.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      1) Neither religion is 5000 years old
      2) The US is not a Christian nation
      3) The reasons why many Muslim nations despise the US are many and include the way our foreign policy has handled the Middle East over the last fifty plus years. It's complex and no where near as simplistic as religion vs religion.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  9. james

    sorry, i meant 200000 and not 20000.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  10. james

    Hmmmm it is sad that nearly 3000 people were killed during the 911 attack in NY but we have to also take into consideration that USA has killed nearly 20000 innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Aren't they human beings? As much as our lives are important in the West, their lives are just as important in the East. Our relationship with the Muslim world needs to be strong and stable. We rely on their oil and the purchase our ammunition and products. We can not simply be that ignorant ans say we don't care. We need to make our relationship stronger and reach out to those people living in the West and educate them. Their world one day hopefully will become a better place. In the East, their leaders are corrupt and bad; the people have little control over their lives.

    -Best

    September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Reality

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent Body Count

      as the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  11. Patty Scar

    This is B/S....they kill 3000 innocent people and we are supposed to care what these people think of us....Well all i have to say is if they wanted a war then they sure as hell got one....I honestly dont care what they think about me, America, or anything for that matter....ill fight any extremist one on one and i guarantee ill knock every single one of them flat on their asses

    September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Denny

      Your angry words and threats are as ignorant and misdirected as those who issue similar threats against the U.S. and Christians. Nineteen terrorists killed those people on 911 and Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the tragedy. Those attacks could possibly have been prevented had the various American security agencies been working in concert, sharing information and communicating with each other. However, ten years after 911 some of recommendations of the 911 Commission still have not been implemented. Do you have a right to be angry? Yes, of course. To let your anger cloud your reason and condemn an entire religion is just wrong. It hurts you more than your intended target.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Kyle

      Denny,

      I believe many take issue with the fact that the majority of the muslim world celebrated 9/11. It's not just 19 people and bin laden that were the problem. It's far more widespread. Quit being so narrow-minded and look at the big picture.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Timbo77

    Kill em all and let God sort em out !

    September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  13. JOHN SCHEIN

    it shows that even with our commander in chief going to Cairo in an abject subservient manner, nothing will change in the Muslim world. Our continuing funding and support of some Arab countries is just a waste of badly needed funding in our own country. Unfortunately the United States will continue to be perceived as the devil and the infidel. Perhaps a firm and strong stand against extremism is the only path and we should stop apologizing to the masses who continue to view us as the enemy. We don't need to apologize to anyone, particularly after being viciously attacked on 9/11

    September 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  14. Kel

    When one lives by the principals one preaches humans respond to it positively

    When one says something and does something else humans respond to it negatively.

    It is a human thing.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Not quite

      You are, of course, incorrect.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Paul

    Yes, they hate us so much that millions of them now live here and want to move here. But perhaps it is just an invasion strategy and when enough of them are here, everyone will have to wear a head scarf and buy a prayer rug.
    No thanks.
    I for one don't need to be transported back to the 8th Century and I don't much care about what those who do think of me.
    I don't wish to kill (all of) them, but if the entire Muslim culture disappeared overnight to a distant planet, I would not be eager to open communications with them.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  16. John Stefanyszyn

    Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty,

    Your analysis of the situation is skewed, because the reality and the results of the outreach by President Obama have been incredibly powerful in changing, not only the view of but also the desire for the Amrican way of life...the desire for freedom of rights and freedom of religion.

    It is incredible to see the actions that have been taken only 1 1/2 years after President Obama'a 2009 UN speech, in which he outlines his vision and pledge for freedom of rights in the world and in the middle east.

    The Muslim people have embraced a way of life and a belief that says...we want to live our lives according to the belief in freedom of rights...the way of self-rule...the way of America, which also accepts peoples' worship of "one's faith of choice as their religion".

    Some of the American people may not be comfortable with the "Islam religion" but they will accept it because they recognize that the primary core belief of the American Mulsims and the Muslims in other countries is the belief in freedom of rights and freedom of religion.

    This world universal belief stipulates that all "religions" are equal in validity and that there is no singular, omni present, and true god....all are equal to each other and are to be respected as having the same right of existence and worship.

    However, there can be Only One Creator, One Truth, One Way, One Christ.
    ...this Christ is a reality and will be the "Only One" at His return

    September 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • What stuff

      You are so full of crap.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Kyle

      Eventually we will become weary of religious tolerance as it brings nothing but suffering and torment. Oh, and according to what jesus said in the bible... he was supposed to return shortly after his death. He literally said to his followers that some of them would not see death before his return.

      Well, they're all dead.

      I guess jesus lied.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  17. C.D.M.

    BECAUSE they're our enemies.. They've told us that.. They've proved that... BUT, we absolutely refuse to believe them... Are we supposed to want them to "like" us??

    September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  18. Jhon Westwood

    why are we so worry about how the muslim world views us? They don not seem to care how we (or the rest of the western world) view them.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  19. jim

    Why does it matter what archaic people think of us?

    September 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Kim

      And THAT, my friend, is half the problem.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • bruceben9

      i matters in the sense that we can determine how to combat and defend ourselves against their oppressive beliefs. some posters here believe the uprisings in the arab/muslim world are because they want democracy and freedom. however their understanding of these things is different than ours. such as no freedom for women in many cases to be educated. that is only one of numerous differences.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  20. William Demuth

    Kill 500,000 people, and you get a bad rep?

    Dosen't seem fair!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • bruceben9

      well since so many here wish to just throw out any ol' numbers... how about the 10million deaths of muslims and non-muslims by muslims in the last thirty yrs? i wonder how far off i am. probably not much more than some of the other posters here.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Is it about killing only? Or other activities such as the prisons acts in Iraq or others... Killing a man in a honest way no problem but they were the other hatred and immoral treatments of insults... People will never forget the things been done to them in hatred under the term of fighting terror...! The problem may be that you think with Aid,Charity and Money you can wipe people's memories ??

      Our people are people are Bedouins and are of the Camel and as they say that "The Camels Never Forgets" the Faces of those they hated for harming them...
       

      September 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Kyle

      Camels smell disgusting. I'll never forget that.

      Flying a plane into a building full of innocent people is "honest?"

      Great way of thinking.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
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