SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
REMARKS TO U.S.-ISLAMIC WORLD FORUM
APRIL 12, 2011
Over the years, the U.S.-Islamic World Forum has offered a chance to celebrate the diverse achievements of Muslims around the world. From Qatar — which is pioneering innovative energy solutions and preparing to host the World Cup — to countries as varied as Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia, each offering its own model for prosperity and progress.
This Forum also offers a chance to discuss the equally diverse set of challenges we face together around the world – the need to confront violent extremism, the urgency of achieving a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, the importance of embracing tolerance and universal human rights in all our communities.
I am proud that this year we are recognizing the contributions of the millions of American Muslims who do so much to make this country strong. (MILLIONS OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS? There are only 2.6 million Muslims in all of America. What have they contributed Hillary? Name something, ANYTHING) As President Obama said in Cairo, “Islam has always been a part of America’s story,” and every day Americans Muslims are helping write our story. (Indeed they are, an ending that is dangerous to Americans)
We are meeting at a historic time for one region in particular: the Middle East and North Africa. Today, the long Arab winter has begun to thaw. For the first time in decades, there is a real opportunity for change. A real opportunity for people to have their voices heard and their priorities addressed. (Yes, change to fundamentalist sharia law)
This raises significant questions for us all: Will the people and leaders of the Middle East and North Africa pursue a new, more inclusive approach to solving the region’s persistent political, economic and social challenges? Will they consolidate the progress of recent weeks and address long-denied aspirations for dignity and opportunity? Or, when we meet at this Forum in five years, will we have seen the prospects for reform fade and remember this moment as just a mirage in the desert? (Five years from now, Iran-like dicatators will have taken over all the countries of the Middle East)
These questions can only be answered by the people and leaders of the Middle East and North Africa themselves.
The United States certainly does not have all the answers. In fact, here in Washington we’re struggling to thrash out answers to our own difficult political and economic questions. But America is committed to working as partners to help unlock the region’s potential and realize its hopes for change. (As Obama ushers in a change to the most virulent form of Islam)
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Hillary mentions Turkey, Indonesia, and Malaysia as models of progress. Let’s see: