Had Obama not defended the Mosque to be built near the World Trade center site, the global message to Muslims — many our friends and supporters — would have been that Americans view themselves as being at war with Islam in general:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10973837

Such a conclusion would have spelled disaster for our policies — foreign and economic — throughout the Muslim world.

For the record — of the three major Western religions, Christians have been the major killers with their wars, pogroms, crusades, expulsions of Jews and Muslims. See Ferdinand’s and Isabella’s ousting of both Jews and Muslims to make theirs a ‘pure’ Christian country.

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/article/Spain/King-Ferdinand-&-Queen-Isabella-Spain/1012

And let us not forget the thousands of Christian burnings at the stake of even their own of different persuasions.

And what nation has been killing Muslims with its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? And those on-going drone attacks?

So we now face tensions from the establishment of Israel and (and its constant expansion into Palestine). The U.S. support of this process makes us suspect for anti-Muslim policies and attitudes.

Let us thank the gods that Obama has spoken out loudly and clearly here, defending the Mosque.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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