April 7th, 2009
05:33 PM ET

Mr. President, next stop Jakarta

Editor's Note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and contributing editor for Islamica magazine in Washington.
Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

During his visit to Turkey, President Obama sought to officially reach out to the Islamic world after eight years of tension by declaring in a speech to the Turkish Parliament that he is determined to have a lasting "partnership with the Muslim world."

"Let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not - and will never be - at war with Islam," President Obama said toward the conclusion of his remarks delivered in Ankara to Turkish members of Parliament on Monday.

In his true Chicago political style, he even added a little treat for NBA fans in Turkey and Europe: "As a basketball fan, I've even noticed that Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur have got some pretty good game...."


soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. maritza

    It would be so wonderful to be at peace with every nation... but come on, Islamic world HATES THE U.S(even the ones living in theU.S.).The hate is implanted in their brains since they are born...generation after generation

    April 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  2. Isabel

    President Obama wants to take a bad impression. In recent years, the world saw the U.S. as an island, sovereign and alone. It was nasty, antipathetical and I'm a fan of the United States.

    President Obama is going very well in this mission to captivate people. Everyone likes him! Everyone believes him! Everyone entrusts him! (Or almost all)

    April 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  3. Stan

    To our Troops: Thank you, thank you for your sacrafices and your courage in the line of danger. The Iracks can defeat the Taliban and take over their Country if they had people that would actually fight the Taliban. Bebladen, has a lot of money and I'am sure his influence has corrupted a lot of Irackie people, money always does. Where does Alkida get their weapons from? I would just like to know is who supplying them with all of their weapons? Just like drugs in our Cities, their are more good people in this World than bad people, lets all pull together and get rid of the drug people in our Cities, start talking to the police.

    April 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  4. Stan

    In regards to Korea shooting off the Missle: first of all who's selling them the tecnology to make a missle to shoot anywhere? Lets get to the bottom of the money and who's helping them!

    April 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm |