How Might the U.S. Support a Relationship of Mutual Respect With Muslims Around the World?

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October 23, 2009
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Secretary Clinton travels to Pakistan October 27-30. She then travels to Morocco November 2-3 to participate in the 6th Forum for the Future. The Secretary recently stated, "....Our nation seeks a new beginning with Muslims around the world, a relationship based on mutual interest and mutual respect. It’s a relationship that requires us to listen, share ideas, and find areas of common ground in order to expand a peaceful, prosperous future."How Might the U.S. Support a Relationship of Mutual Respect With Muslims Around the World?

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Shaban M.
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Florida, USA
November 4, 2009

Shaban M. in Florida writes:

Question: How might the US support a relationship of mutual respect with Muslim around the world? Answer: By genuinely respecting Muslims and not treating them as if wool could be pulled over their eyes. This is not the 19th century.

ilia
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Puerto Rico
November 4, 2009

Ilia in Puerto Rico writes:

The respect should be mutual. President Obama and Secretary Clinton have initiated and invited reconciliation and peace among the Muslism world and nations. Despite of, only peace will reign among the good Muslims and Americans. Americans are peace loving. Although there is different religion and culture, the invitation should reciprocal qmong Muslim nations for the sake of peace and unity. What is any religion base on? PEACE.

Susan
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Florida, USA
November 4, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

Illia in PR has a good point...respect should be mutual. Respect should also be shown to the women and girls of Muslim nations by the men of these countries. We are reaching out to nations whose religion/culture basically treats women with disrespect and oppression. I realize that we are reaching out with "good intentions" but shouldn't we ask something of them, as well? Our country believes in human rights and equality. It seems to me that they have a difficult time treating their own citizens with respect and I'd like to know when that will change. Their nations' situations are of their own making, as is any country's. Trust and respect goes both ways.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
November 5, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Somehow the aspect of Respect goes beyond a Walden's pond ideology and it seems very few here realize the reality of the people of the Islamic and Muslim community outside the leaderships; from how they live to the various splinter belief patterns which they have historically lived and functioned under.

While it may be people are all good in their basic living standards to each other given the opportunity, the word STANDARDS is what respect is premised on and if there is a strong cultural variable, the standard of one may not in conjunction with the other enough to deem respect. This is where economic values transcend morality, law and individual beliefs all too often, and becomes the divining rod of negotiation. Thus, money becomes the premise of respect, not ideology.

I believe John Lennons idea of "Give peace a chance" ends with its artistic value in the real world unfortunately.

I do give praise for Sectary Clintons bold statement to Pakistan: Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has defended her comment that it was "hard to believe" that no one in the Pakistani government knew where al-Qaeda leaders were hiding.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 7, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

The world needs to relax and calm down from the media frenzy! You can't solve problems rushing, however, what you do is think about it and come up with solutions to help people and families survive.

Reaction from the H1N1 flu virus going around the world and foul-up relations with Muslims, Jews, Christians.

1. I believe someone has created a monster called "H1N1" swine flu. Wherever it came from, whoever started this flu makes no difference at this point.
2. What people can do if they cannot get the vaccine?

Answer: How did you treat the flu in your home before the swine flu happened? You, like most people, went to see a doctor and was tested.

What did the doctors prescribe?

1. Tylenol to help reduce fever and headaches
2. Ibuprofen to help reduce pain and fever as well
3. Vitamin C 1000 tablets or drink juices which contain vitamin C.
4. Theraflu
5. Honey

"What I do for me and my family is make up a combination of all of these in one mug. Boil some water, add Theraflu, put in the Tylenol and Ibuprofen, vitamin C 1000 tablets qty 2) a teaspoon of honey and drink it."
Keep in mind I do not claim to be a doctor nor have a medical degree. What I do have is a sense of survival and having been to the hospitals been treated for the flu like symptoms. I'm sure there is different doses for adults and what kids or babies might take during the flu. I of course would recommend talking to your doctor before taking any of these over-the-counter medications. I just believe these medications can help the immune system combat the flu. If your allergic to any of these medications, do not take. "Consult your doctor first."

Cancer Patients:

1. I picked up on some research regarding a vitamin called, "B17" and went online and found out this vitamin can help cancer patients. I would recommend to all cancer patients to research this vitamin and know its properties because it can be found in seeds. The apricot seed is known to have more B17 then say the apple seeds. Keep in mind what I read and researched was it's the actual seed, not the husk part outside shell. You have to break open the seed to get the inside of the seed that helps. Subsequently, this B17 from what I read is a cancer fighter vitamin which might actually be a blessing to help cancer patients. Again, my suggestion everyone who has cancer to do your own research and get make your own minds up to what the best treatment is along with talking to your doctor about any treatments that can help fight cancer.

Changing topics to Muslim relations:

1. It is written how God sent the Jews out of Egypt to the promise land. This land is Israel. I'm sure the Palestine people feel it's their land over the years. Then it dawned on me what might benefit everyone including all parties concerned.
2. We all know from the past that the Jews were enslaved and God used Moses to free them out of Egypt, then maybe the solution to everyone’s problem comes down to this.
3. The Palestine people move to Egypt and make settlements, where they can build a new government, in a promise land given to them by the country of Egypt. Since we all know that Egyptians and Palestine people get along very well with each other, this would make more sense. I'm sure the Prime Minister of Egypt can find a piece of land worthy of the Palatine people to live, to grow, and to enjoy a new homeland for its brothers and sisters without violence, without problems. The king of Arabia can also assist with this process.
4. In reference to the Israel settlements, if the Palestine people moved to Egypt, then the Jews can expand without war, without problems. This would actually make everyone happy, then when aid comes in for Palestine, they can build homes freely, and design a new government for themselves within the Egypt borders. I'm sure the Egypt people would treat them with respect and enjoy their company. The Prime Minister of Egypt can assign a mayor to the village of the Palestine people to oversee the construction, security and the building of new homes and settlements in Egypt.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 5, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

What can the Arabs do to help bring peace for everyone? BRING US USAMA BIN LADEN. We all want peace between our races, then to solve this problem is simple. Give us USAMA BIN LADEN AND HIS EGYPTIAN RIGHT HAND MAN. My latest hunch on where his followers might be hiding, I hope someone can check the College he attended many years ago, the basement. Makes me wonder if there are others like Usama bin laden with the same issues.

Zharkov
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United States
November 5, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

Jack in Virginia made a good point - cut off all funds to the governments of both Israel and Palestine until they are at peace with each other. That would require them to actually implement the changes they negotiate.

No more "hopes" for peace - get peaceful now - or else no more foreign aid, no military aid, no easter bunny, no Christmas card, and no more paychecks for Mossad spies working in the U.S. government and the White House.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 5, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

I seriously doubt the US or the Arab League will cutoff funds to both nations. What I propose is simple:

The Palastines depart and move into Egypt.

This would be the opposite of what happened with the jews when they became slaves. The bible says that God did give the jews a piece of land. Maybe now God has to shed some light for Egypt to take on a bigger role to help solve the crisis.

EGYPT is in a better positon to offer land, offer security and offer a new home for the Palastine people. They can also help manage the new Government within the country of Egypt. This ofcourse would take a big undertaking by the Egyptian Prime Minister, but if the man has the courage to handle this kind of task, then it should happen. Then all Palastine people would emerge with Egyptians and peace forms, then the Jews can expand without people fighting over a piece of land.

Birds of feather flock together, meaning the Palastine people would easily get along with the people of Egypt, and the Jews would be by themselves. This would work. and Peace between the neighbors would happen. This is how to accomplish the goals of keeping everyone in peace.

John
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Greece
November 5, 2009

John in Greece writes:

@ Donald in Virginia

And why not Turkey, or Syria then? They were nomads, who attempted to get there too in the past.
Eric in New Mexico, though, gave us THE true point.

They are a couple! That's the truth! (1)

We must find a diplomatic solution according today?s geography and time.

We must forget the past. Our eyes look straight ahead and not in the past. So do our feet.
He is right!

1. from another similar theme in this Blog

ilia
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Puerto Rico
November 5, 2009

Ilia in Puerto Rico writes:

@ Susan in Fla -- I agree with you. Though in a male dominated culture in which a man's personal and family honor depends in the conduct of females, women have little to say in their lives. Their minds are set in traditional beliefs. Is the mutual respect they understand. Is their way. We must respect that.

joe
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Tennessee, USA
November 5, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

@ Donald...

What if someone told you and your family to Move out? It is a nice idea, which has been tried.

Dubai offered them an open house to move lonnng ago...Arafat found it offensive?The Palestinians feel it is their land and the mortgage has been paid in lives as well as legal right.

The mindset of people is not readily altered under normal circumstances, what force would you apply to alter their perspective? Do you know any Palestinians you could talk to and see how they would feel about this idea? The well educated ones I knew viewed it as a surrender of their homeland, even for the purpose of a future of peace and development.

It is a very sad situation as hate breeds bitterness, which breeds discontent and often disillusionment of perspective which clouds any developmental solutions.

There is an extended political problem which transcends just the two countries as well: Democracy. Israel represents a strong and successful democratic state, which is not found anywhere else in the Middle East. The Saudis are a Monarchy and don?t want a Democracy in their country, Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, Syria is a republic under an authoritarian military-dominated regime, Lebanon is a Republic with Hezbollah who is anti-Semitic and supports Hamas, you get the picture?too many people do not want to see peace with Israel.

Egypt is a Republic with a legal system that condones Islamic Civil law; but, as you recall, they put up a fence on the last war, while supporting tunnel activity to transmit arms to Hamas. Egypt has a lot of fiscal problems and an extremely large poor population presently, they do not feel they can support more people now. I don?t know why we all feel that because the pyramids are there, they are the same wealthy populist from centuries ago? economies are the reality which they have to deal with.

If peace is to come, it will be best with Palestine as a larger anti Israel country will not benefit the situation and may even provoke an easier attack on them as the dividing lines would not be mingled.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 5, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

@ Joe in Tennessee

Well after how many millions of dollars, wars and deaths Isreal and Palestians have suffered living next to each other has worked over the years? How many more billions of dollars will be spent trying to mend the fence between Isreal and the Palestians? You mix milk and alcohol and it just doesn't work. Unless you like that kind of drink.

Sometimes in life people have to be willing to make a sacrafice for peace even if it means moving to another country. If they stay more violence, more wars, more deaths will happen. So which is better for everyone? Egypt doesn't have to be the only state the Palestians could move too? There are others in the Arab world. If United States was really concerned about the refugees in Palestine, just bring them to the United States. After all how many millions have we already spent and will never see a dime of it in action because will always have the same problems again and again.

I'm sure that the Palestians do not want to move, nor will the Jews. Isn't that the biggest issue, that both sides are head strong over the land. Both claim ties to a piece of land which only brings violence and deaths.

Let me see if I have this correct, Isreal is suppose to control the settlements and the Palestians are the ones who grow as well. The point is I seriously doubt there is enough room for both to live in the same area unless maybe one bigger move by both parties.

Maybe the answer to this problem is that both Isreal and Palestian become ONE and they both share the same lands without borders. Thinking that I doubt either side would like this either because most of your Arab countries would send Isreal out into the water.

In the end it would of beeen far cheaper just bringing them to the United States and feeding them, giving them medical aid, jobs then spending the almost billion dollars in aid package. This doesn't even include how many millions or billions of Riyals the Saudi King sent to Palestine. Which probably explains why they have money to buy weapons so they can continue the war against Isreal.

Do I have sympathy for the Palestians sure. I equally have the same sympathy and empathy for the Jews. The fact that each side cannot find peace. Each side will only continue its war games over the borders. Until one side is wiped the other and claimed Victory.

So whats your solution Joe in Tennessee? I brought up an idea that might help settle the dispute. If you have any ideas that would help, bring them to the table. Be glad to hear them?

Donald
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Virginia, USA
November 5, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

@ John in Greece

The past has one big recall, it always tends to repeat itself, so you can spend billions or trillions of dollars on that part of the world and still come out with the same results in the end. If both are to live next to each other, more will have to accomplished on intergating the people together, otherwise more of the same will happen again, and again. My thought was still an idea that might have helped the situation. Egypt was not a sole country that the Palastians could have move too? The bottom line is find the magic solution to bringing two types of religion together, forge ahead without weapons, or violence and sure they could do it, if they wanted too. I think we all know that both sides truly do not like each other, but the people of both sides have to end the hate and put down the weapons which only cause more deaths.

All I see on the news is how the Leaders of both of these places offer their security protection of the land apparently both own, but really who does the land truly belong too? NOBODY When you think about ownership, who had it first, who paid for it, who lived their the longest, who is entitled either through war or death, one spiritual leader will always be entitled to the Holy Land, and that is GOD.

I will put the final answer on how to solve this with the Good Lord and anyone else that can come up with something better to resolve the disputes. I always thought it was a waste of both religons to fight, when both have many years of grace they could offer each other and live in peace.

Terence
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Thailand
November 6, 2009

Terence in Thailand writes:

Hi Hillary,

The different in Muslim and Western culture is too different to do as you say. The solution is not in finding a common ground, because there is few. But the solution in in America helping the Muslim find their soul. Help the Muslim in their religious quest, and that will gain America respect and appreciation. But then America have this state and religion seperation, but I am sure such a smart and beautiful women like you can get it done.

Joseph
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United States
November 7, 2009

Joseph in U.S.A. writes:

Two ways:

1. You can start by fulfilling the initiatives promised by President Obama in his historic Cairo speech. I have contacted your department dozens of times through emails and phone calls, while in the U.S. and overseas to get specific information on 2 business intiatives: the promise to hold a Summit on entrepreneurs in the U.S. and the Muslim world, and the promise to create a volunteer corp of U.S. business people to work with Muslim businesses around the world. MANY business colleagues throughout the Muslim world are waiting. Calls are never returned, emails are answered rarely and incompletely. Try to instill a sense of urgency in your staff so that they actually respond to American citizens who are trying to help with these initiatives.

2. Review the commercial attaches at our diplomatic mission in the Muslim world. Dump those appointed by the previous administration who are NOT doing a good job of aiding the process to put U.S. and Muslim businesses together.

Show us you are serious. Do not give us 8 years of talk, but fulfill your promises with action.

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