Dangerous diplomacy?

@clrumfelt (5452)
United States
January 27, 2009 9:50am CST
From Yahoo News: President Barack Obama chose an Arabic-language satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message Tuesday to the Muslim world that "Americans are not your enemy." Isn't such a stance a bit dangerous, given many of the Middle Eastern nations(especially the ones with militant Islamic groups) who have spoken hostile and murderous intents against the USA and our allies. Isn't it a bit like trying to be friendly with someone who has a gun pointed at your head?
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@II2aTee (2559)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I think we have learned by now that all US relations in the middle east are tricky. I think we have also learned by now that brute force is the wrong method of approach. I dont think that this statemnt makes Obama sound like a weak leader at all - I think it makes him sound like a leader who is willing to listen and negotiate. That is the leader America as a nation wants now. We have sown the seeds of war, and last November America resoundingly voted for an end to this kind of "diplomacy". Remember - and this is important. That America is NOT at war with Islam. I feel the need to repeat. America is NOT at war with Islam. We are at war with Muslim extreemists - terrorists. There is nothing wrong with extending this olive branch to the peace loving Muslims of the world. In fact it is a very thoughtful strategy, and the first step to getting them in tow with us as we battle the terrorists who infect thier religion, and commit evil in the name of Islam.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
28 Jan 09
What a great answer!
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Islam has repeagtedly proven to the world that their ideas are non-negotiable. They are intent on torturing and killing all the peoples of the world who do not agree with their way of life. There's no room for friendliness between the democratic nations of the world and those who will not listen to reason and lay down their arms in the name of peace.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
27 Jan 09
Now Obama's true nature comes out and those sites that said he was pro Muslim was right, but they had to elect him anyway. What he is doing is dangerous. These Arabic nations want everyone to become Muslims and will use force to get their ends and he wants to talk nicely to them? You know "those who fail to listen to history" I wonder if he was looking out the window when he was learning about the prelude to World War II, Anthony Eden and appeasement and how it did not work. But I guess he felt since he is not English or German, it does not apply to him.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Maybe he just wants world peace. Why do we have to be enemys with these people anyway?
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
31 Jan 09
You can't be at peace with those who are intent on blowing you up. You must be at war with them for your own survival.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
2 Feb 09
Because these enemies want to destroy us unless we become Muslims. Maybe you think it is a good idea to change your faith or maybe it really does not matter, but I do not want to be a Muslim, I am a Christian. And also those Arabs think that concession or compromise means weakness. We cannot play tootsies with terrorists.
• India
27 Jan 09
I think you are right, you can never engage terrorists as they'll think that these gestures as signs of weakness. The Iranian president must be the happiest person and it is very surprising that he is keeping quiet now. Of all the people Mr.Obama must be very careful with that man in Tehran.
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Iran has made it very clear that they would love to take down the USA and make our demise an example to the free world of what is in store for them if they don't "convert." I am hoping Obama is not in their corner to the extent he will compromise the security of the USA.
@snowy22315 (76007)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I think we have to try something different. Clearly what has been done so far has not been workign. I think we need to have a change in policy and let these Middle Eastern nations know that we are not out to get them and that they should not be out to get us. I applaud the change in policy and if we prove we are not hostile, hopefully they will not be hostile to us.
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
31 Jan 09
Those are reasonable ideas if you are from a democratic western nation, but I think Islam has proven they do not embrace reason in their dealings with other societies. You have to be at war with those who are intent on killing you. There's no other option available.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
27 Jan 09
I hav the fear that the things he is going to do is going to bring us to another attack like the 911 or worse. I don't belive he has the experience to deal with these people and they see him as a weak person that they can conquer. We can tell these people that we are not their enemy but I don't think that they understand that or want to understand it. Their intents against the usa will never end and he is not going to be the one miracle that does end it. Only time will tell but I agree what he is doing is just pushing an issue that he will regret in the future. He seems to think talking is the way to settle many of the problems with the middle east, these people are interested in talking.
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I hope Mr. Obama will heed Teddy Roosevelt's foreign policy advice. It will probably be okay for him to speak softly to the Muslim nations as long as he carries a big stick. But with all his disarmament rhetoric during the campaign, I think he may be set on buirning his big stick, and that would indeed be disastrous.
@urbandekay (18308)
28 Jan 09
I think it is a brave and courageous move and as Winston Churchill once said, "Jaw, jaw, jaw is better than war, war, war." all the best urban
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@twinklee (894)
• India
28 Jan 09
Its been long the rage over islam ceased to exist.....what we all want is peace and it could not have been better laid out ......its another bold step made by MR Obama and the intent is being shown clearly...that US is not against the islam and hope it will never be......
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I think he is trying to first talk to these nations and see if they will understand that we as a nation are not aginst them personally. I don't believe that we can talk to these people and find a middle ground, they aren't interested in talking. I agree we should first try out best to let them know we aren't against them as a nation or a religion, but that we will not tolerate their attacks on the usa. If they can not understand this then he should be prepared to do whatever it takes to stop any attacks that are aimed towards us. Tehy view us as weak because of 911 and we can not let them think that we are a weak nation and will sit back and allow them to take us over. I don't know what Obama's religious beliefs are anymore. Seems they change but I do know that the islam nation considers him a traitor because she was raised in their belief and to them to switch over is like a slap in the face. I fear he will not make the whole 4 years of president because his own kind will take him out for being a traitor. I didn't like him when he was running for president, I think he had too many things to hide and a honest man does not hide anything. But I am willing to wait and watch and see what he is going to do now that he is president. I believe the statement he made yesterday, may of helped pass the stimulis package through the senate, when he said that he believed that congress was just playing politics now. I think he is trying and I think once he was put into office he found that it is a lot bigger job than he expected. But so far I am with him on what he seems to be doing and let me tell you that is hard for me to say. He may turn out to be the best thing that has happen to the usa only time will tell.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I don't know really. They say to befriend the enemy. I think someone has to take a first step towards peace. right? We sure are not going to find peace thru fighting. I doubt it can possibly make them hate us more. Perhaps some might even come to realize we aren't so bad/