During his inaugural speech too, he had mentioned about improving relations with the Muslim world on the basis of ‘’understanding’’, but now he has addressed the Muslim world in particular and for this he has chosen the Arabic T.V. channel, through which he has tried to convince them that he wants to change the Muslim world’s perception of America.
He further said that due to some misunderstandings, the Muslims have a biased view of
This shows that he realizes that the anger and hatred of Muslims is not misplaced and their legitimate grievances must be done away with.
He also realizes that
He is also aware of the way Muslim world issues were handled by his predecessor and wants to undo the damage and improve relations.
During his interview with arabic T.V. channel, he mentioned that relations between
He accepted that
He further stated that
Giving his own example, he spoke specifically about his ties with his Muslim family and how he spent his childhood in
Through all this, he tried to give the impression that he is aware of the perceptions of the Muslim world and reiterated his point that
Now is the time for Mr. Obama to prove by his deeds that he really wishes to improve relations on the basis of equality and understanding.
Sehroza DAWAT, 01 feb 2009 Editorial Translated by: salma nazir, riyadh