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Old 11-Sep-2011
US is not war with islam- obama

On this 10th
anniversary of the
terrorist attacks of
September 11,
2001, we
remember that
9/11 was not only
an attack on the
United States, it
was an attack on
the world and on
the humanity and
hopes that we
We remember that among the
nearly 3,000 innocent people lost
that day were hundreds of
citizens from more than 90
nations. They were men and
women, young and old, of many
races and faiths. On this solemn
anniversary, we join with their
families and nations in honoring
their memory.
We remember with gratitude
how ten years ago the world
came together as one. Around
the globe, entire cities came to a
standstill for moments of silence.
People offered their prayers in
churches, mosques, synagogues
and other places of worship. And
those of us in the United States
will never forget how people in
every corner of the world stood
with us in solidarity in
candlelight vigils and among the
seas of flowers placed at our
We remember that in the weeks
after 9/11, we acted as an
international community. As part
of a broad coalition, we drove al-
Qaida from its training camps in
Afghanistan, toppled the Taliban,
and gave the Afghan people a
chance to live free from terror.
However, the years that followed
were difficult and the spirit of
global partnership we felt after
9/11 frayed.
As President, I've worked to
renew the global cooperation we
need to meet the full breadth of
global challenges that we face.
Through a new era of
engagement, we've forged
partnerships with nations and
peoples based on mutual interest
and mutual respect.
As an international community,
we have shown that terrorists
are no match for the strength
and resilience of our citizens. I've
made it clear that the United
States is not and never will be at
war with Islam. Rather, with
allies and partners we are united
against al-Qaida, which has
attacked dozens of countries and
killed tens of thousands of
innocent men, women and
children - the vast majority of
them Muslims. This week, we
remember all the victims of al-
Qaida and the courage and
resilience with which their
families and fellow citizens have
persevered, from the Middle East
to Europe, from Africa to Asia.
Working together, we have
disrupted al-Qaida plots,
eliminated Osama bin Laden and
much of his leadership, and put
al-Qaida on the path to defeat.
Meanwhile, people across the
Middle East and North Africa are
showing that the surest path to
justice and dignity is the moral
force of non-violence, not
mindless terrorism and violence.
It is clear that violent extremists
are being left behind and that
the future belongs to those who
want to build, not destroy.
To nations and people seeking a
future of peace and prosperity -
you have a partner in the United
States. For even as we confront
economic challenges at home,
the United States will continue to
play a unique leadership role in
the world. As we remove the rest
of our troops from Iraq and
transfer responsibility in
Afghanistan, we will support
Iraqis and Afghans in their
efforts to deliver security and
opportunity for their people. In
the Arab world and beyond, we
will stand up for the dignity and
universal rights of all human
Around the world, we will
continue the hard work of
pursuing peace, promoting the
development that lifts people
from poverty, and advancing the
food security, health and good
governance that unleashes the
potential of citizens and
At the same time, we have
recommitted ourselves to living
our values at home. As a nation
of immigrants, the United States
welcomes people from every
country and culture. These
newest Americans-like all the
innocent victims we lost ten
years ago - remind us that
despite any differences of race or
ethnicity, background or belief,
we are all bound together by the
common hope that we can make
the world a better place for this
and future generations. That
must be the legacy of those we
have lost.
Those who attacked us on 9/11
wanted to drive a wedge
between the United States and
the world. They failed. On this
10th anniversary, we are united
with our friends and partners in
remembering all those we have
lost in this struggle. In their
memory, we reaffirm the spirit of
partnership and mutual respect
that we need to realize a world
where all people live in dignity,
freedom and peace.

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