Editorial Claims Bush Is Losing Trust of American Muslims

May 21, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On May 21, 2001, The Baltimore Sun published an editorial by Muqtedar Khan, the director of international studies at Adrian College in Michigan, which criticized Bush's stance toward Muslims in the Middle East. Khan quotes Bush as saying, "My administration will be steadfast in supporting Israel against terrorism and violence." He complains that "promises to Muslims were made before the [presidential] election and promises to American Jews are being made after the election...Nowadays the White House does not acknowledge letters written by prominent American Muslim organizations...American Muslims are not happy with...the new role of the United States as a detached facilitator of peace...Mr. Bush has succeeded in losing the trust and confidence of American Muslims who supported him."