Spoken like a true ...... Muslim. This fits in perfectly with Obama's tacit support of Kenya's Odinga, a violent opposition leader that has signed an agreement with Islamists to institute sharia should he wrest control of the government from its current President. Obama was raised in a madrassa, he knows what sharia (Islamic law) is. Shariah is completely and utterly incompatible with freedom and democracy.
PARIS (AFP) — US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has told a French magazine he wants to organise a summit of the Muslim world if he makes it to the White House.
Muslim and Western leaders would be invited to the summit for "a discussion about how we can prevent the widening misunderstandings and gaps between the Muslim world and the West," Obama said in the interview to Paris Match.
"I will ask them to join us in battling terrorism but we should also be willing to listen in
Obama lived in predominantly Muslim Indonesia with his mother and a Muslim stepfather for four years as a child, but his parents were not religious and he was baptised as a Christian as an adult.
In the interview, Obama also said he wanted to shut down the US Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba and end the war in Iraq.
"As long as we are maintaining an occupation in Iraq, it's going to be hard to focus on other things," he said.
UPDATE: Abe Greenwald over at Commentary queries here;
Is he planning on doing this before or after bombing Pakistan? Because that could have an effect on that gap he’s talking about. And in what phase of their nuclear program will Iran be when Obama has this sit-down with the mullahs? And will he require Tehran to rebuild the cobwebbed American embassy first or is he through with international law altogether? And when it’s the Iraqi prime minister’s turn to speak, what will Obama do when he requests the return of the 100,000 troops he just withdrew from that country?
Obama represents a foreign policy disaster of untold proportion. With a doctrine of pre-emptive appeasement and the perfect advisory team to institute it, every gain made by the Bush administration would evaporate. The greatest overarching accomplishment of the past five years was implementing the imperative that we will not deal with hostile nations on their terms. In many Muslim countries, the “gap” Obama talks about is not a side-effect of cultural differences, but the stated goal of anti-American policies. The only course of action is to support Muslim moderates in their efforts against extremists and secular tyrants. Our president doesn’t need to sip tea with Bashar Assad or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and hear about the evils of Israel in order to work towards that goal.
Read it all. Greenwald making perfect sense.