U.S. Not at War with Islam Faith, Bush Says

May 17, 2008

Author: Jon Ward

Source: The Washington Times


President Bush yesterday told students in Israel he hasn't done enough to dispel the idea that the United States is at war with Islam, but also blamed the "poisonous" state-run TV stations in the Middle East for mischaracterizing him.

During an extended conversation with about 12 college and high school students under an olive tree in Jerusalem, the issue of diplomacy arose, and Mr. Bush launched into a defense of his attitude toward Muslims.

"Somebody said to me, 'Well, how come you dislike Muslims?'" Mr. Bush said. "I don't."

But then a young Palestinian Christian woman, Henriette Charcar, spoke up.

"I think it comes out that you don't like Muslims because in most of your speeches you do tend to relate extremism to Muslims," said Miss Charcar, who attends the Tabitha school in Jaffa.

Mr. Bush responded: "Actually what I say is you're not a religious person if you're a murderer. But you're right. I've got to do a better job of making it clear when I talk about Islam, I talk about a peaceful religion, which I talk about a lot."