Obama: ‘We Will Not Be At War With Islam’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday recalled “that awful morning” nine years ago when “a sorry band of men” who perverted religion attacked the U.S. in hopes of demoralizing and dividing the country.

“Today we declare once more we will never hand them that victory … for our cause is just, our spirit is strong and our resolve unwavering,” the president said at the Defense Department’s headquarters, where a hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

“We will not give in to their hatred,” Obama said, despite the terrorists’ efforts to spark conflicts among faiths. “As Americans, we will not or ever be at war with Islam.”

This year’s remembrances of the 2001 attacks took place with growing public suspicion of Muslims, an emotional dispute over an Islamic community center and mosque planned near ground zero in New York City, and a Florida pastor’s threat to burn Qurans.

“This is a time of difficulty for our country,” Obama said before the ceremony, in his radio and Internet address. “And it is often in such moments that some try to stoke bitterness — to divide us based on our differences, to blind us to what we have in common.

“But on this day, we are reminded that at our best, we do not give in to this temptation,” Obama said.

With the war still raging against al-Qaida and the Taliban leaders harboring them in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the anniversary of the attacks provides a chance to reflect on what they have meant “for an entire generation of young Americans who answered the call to serve.”

At a White House news conference Friday, Obama denounced the threatened Quran burning, said Muslims have the same right as any other religion to build near ground zero and appealed for religious tolerance. “We are not at war against Islam,” he said.

The Rev. Terry Jones backed away from his plan to burn the Muslim holy book, saying on NBC’s “Today” show Saturday that “God is telling us to stop.”

In the GOP’s weekly address, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., echoed Obama’s plea for a common purpose. Kyl called for the country to “recapture the unity that allowed us to come together as a nation to confront a determined enemy.”

Without mentioning the president by name, Kyl seemed to question the Obama administration’s commitment to the fight against terrorism begun by President George W. Bush. Obama recently declared an end to combat missions in Iraq even as he pledged to renew war-fighting efforts in Afghanistan and pursue al-Qaida terrorists.

“The fact that none of the subsequent attempts to attack us have succeeded seems to have removed some of the urgency and commitment so necessary to succeed in war,” Kyl said.

  • Marie

    the wrong thing to say.

    the wrong day to say it on.

    the writing is on the wall.

    he is a traitor and he is making way for them.

    to be sooooo pro islam in the face of this national tragedy is an outrage.

  • Mark

    We will never be at war with islam?

    Sounds like he’s clearing a path for them.

    How about a little tolerance & peace for us- they were the attackers here.

    Why don’t the muslims speak out against the terrorists?

  • Liz

    His extreme eagerness to appease them , on a day that is our national day of mourning so to speak, completely sickens me.
    Do you really think this is what we needed to hear, at this particular time?

    Another nail in your coffin, sir.

  • es

    this country was founded on Christian principle.our constitution is based on those principles.the west no matter how secular it has become is a christian nation.the rest of the world views us like that,we’re the only who don’t because we have stray away from God. if we truly believe in Him and follow what he says.we would be fine.but this country rather follow evil and greed.what we once stood for is gone.and to morris wise..there will be an all God day..the Lord God is the only true god all others are an abomination and idols.” there shall be no other gods before me..”man can never escape death and evil. no matter how hard he tries he cannot control evil and death comes to all at the end…thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ who saves from sin and Death…and is the only one who can grant us eternal life…glory to his name forever!!!!

  • Alex

    1 more thing ……. I dnt think america wants to be at war with 1.6 billion muslims.

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  • morris wise

    A national holiday called all Gods Day should be declared where Krishna, Allah, Buddha, and Jehovah are respectfully given an equal chance to exclaim the same message: LET THE RICH KEEP WHAT BELONGS TO THEM AND SHARE THE LITTLE YOU HAVE. If those godly words of wisdom were followed throughout the year there would be peace on the planet and goodwill to all.

  • Adam

    KKK is in our county,does the USA represent KKK?
    Nazi’s in germany,are all germans Nazi’s?
    Facists in Italy,are all italians facists?
    i can go on and on,,,,,
    dont be fools to fall for the saying that we are in war with muslims or muslims are in a war with us,just just sooo ignorant.
    my advice,Pls Dont Hate ,its easier to study and u will learn more

    • Ron Z

      Yep, study while they cut your head off !

  • Adam

    each and every religion is about peace,including the religion of islam.
    i have a few muslim friends ,and the are some of the kindest and most wonderful people i have met.
    extremists are our enemies,and the are in islam,judism and christianity,they are the ones who threaten the world

  • Abdullahi Moh'd

    Obama is not a Muslim but he only like peace and he wish the whole world to remain is peace may Almighty God Bless him with us Ameen.

  • deathtoislam

    there is no end we must defeat and erase islam off the earth


    There is no such thing as a peaceful mussie they area religion of hate and death! Period~!
    Their so called bible preaches hate and death and no where does it say tolerance or even mention it It does mention killing anyone who doesnt go by what the Quran says and if your not a mussie then your an infidel and you are supposed to die Period! thats what thier book preaches! not tolerance or peace nor does it refference peace or tolerance anywhere not on 1 single page! NUKE EM

    • CD


    • GIjo

      gosh yr so ignorant!,yr so full of hate!
      u know sh!t about islam or muslims man
      u mustuve been reading the wrong books
      dont get mislead

  • oscar

    Hey stupid, (Obama) you are right we as Americans we are not at war with islam But islam has been at war with us since the begining.


    there is no such thing as a peaceful musim no way no how! NUKE EM

  • ddc

    Who is he trying to kid. Of course the war is with Moslems. They have made no excuse that that is the case. Just listen to them – not the PC media. Some of us are really not as stupid as he hopes we are. What a coward-in-chief.

  • tim

    Iguess I need to reword it. Very well said about everything JD ROSS

  • JustVisitng

    You are correct Arturo. Islam is at war with America and modern civilization in general. We MUST fight FIRE with FIRE. It is us or them…and it ain’t gonna be us.

  • Alex

    Oh yea your right……..not!!! Do u see the millions of muslims in america fighting against iT umm NO!! i see the americans goin to overseas lands where their not welcomed…..n tht starts war! N if the extremist pastor burns the quran in america no1 will get hurt in america. But in the other countries where there are americans in combat or just living in peace. They will have to suffer.

  • Arturo

    Obama does not seem to “get it” It is not America at war with the muslims, it is Islam at war with the freedoms represented by America.

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