June 3, 2009
Posted: 1350 GMT

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Ali Dahmash   June 3rd, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Obama is certainly an unusual US president. He is reaching his hand out to the Muslim and the Arab world, bringing with him new ideas of Democracy and collaboration based on mutual respect and interest. Obama should not be imposing or enforcing the ideas and methodologies of the West like his successor G W Bush failed to do in Iraq, rather he should be suggesting new ways to democratize the ailing systems of the region.

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   June 3rd, 2009 3:34 pm ET

Yes, I think President Obama’s Visit will improve the relation between Muslim world and USA. Because both the Muslim world and USA are tired of watching the devastation of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Again Obama is a fresh man who was not in power during the beginning of those two wars. So, I think there is a great opportunity that Obama’s this tour will bring peace to Middle East and the whole Muslim world and USA.

Daminan Constantinescu   June 3rd, 2009 4:16 pm ET

Traveling without changing in wrong US policies is called vacation 🙂

Abdulhamid Muhammed Umar   June 3rd, 2009 4:22 pm ET

I strongly believe that Pres. Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia and Egypt will play a significant role in improving the Muslims US relations, it also signifies the importance Mr. President attached in achieving that.

Ali M   June 3rd, 2009 7:12 pm ET

I'm an American myself and honestly, it could change views of some muslims, definately not all. Then again, it could change views of a lot of muslims, again, definately not all. Whether or not it will improve relations, definately it will. President Obama has done a great job so far, however I feel he's trying to do too much too fast. But I will say this to President Obama, Great job so far Chief! =)

Bashir Sylaan   June 3rd, 2009 7:23 pm ET

Who is a Muslim? Asked by one of his close followers the prophet of Islam Muhammed(sscw) answered pure and simple: A muslim is a somebody who never harms his fellow human beings either with his hands(i.e physiacally) or with his tongue(i.e gossip, backstabbing, psychologically etc) If muslims and non muslims alike could just phantom(hear it and take it to their hearts!) this message, Obama would never have been in a position to find it necessary to ease relations between Muslim world and USA!!

Ardian Hoxha from Kosovo   June 3rd, 2009 7:27 pm ET

I believe that he could improve the relations a lot by just showing the non-Muslim world that "the terrorists who might happen to be Muslims" and "Islam" are two separate things. Moreover, I believe that by just helping to change the prejudice towards Muslims would decrease the threat of terrorism to the maximum. Because a terrorist may happen to be Muslim, it does not mean that all Muslims are terrorists nor does it mean that Islam encourages terrorism.

me   June 4th, 2009 11:28 am ET

the US has showed the muslim world nothing but war, destruction, backing up dictators regimes and double standards in regards to what is called "israel", I myself don't expect Obama will change anything.

hassan   June 4th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

it is a brave forward step,and it can build a unique bridge between the two socities but it must followed by concrete effective actions which could make the bridge so strong and creat a new of doing things

Kemal Toha   June 4th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

The very root of the problem is US unfair Middle East policy. As long as US "the special relationship" with Israel remain unchanged, as long as US doesn't treat Palestine in fairly , I donlt see any light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

Rene   June 4th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

(from amsterdam:)

A speech like this will help a lot i think, but the Obama team needs to follow through with "action" against Israel's uncompromising stance.
Not only the Israeli settlements are an issue, also the border crossing inefficiency and frustration should be addressed.

Hussein Charara   June 4th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

As an American living in lebanon, I, and many could see president obamas potential, which he showed in his unprecedented speech!
However, many others want to see action. He had some extremely powerful words bringing Muslims closer to the west. I think, although the speech might not look like action to some, however it is enough to possibly change the American perspective of Muslims.

Many in this part of the world want to see action, since they are really used and sick of words followed by horrifying contradicting actions.
It was an extremely positive speech, long awaited for by this part of the world.

AMS   June 4th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

As much as I amdire pres. Obama's initiative to extend a laurel til muslims, even quoting the Quran, his eloquent speech is only that until he starts by giving muslims in the US the rights they have been denied under the previous presidency. During his campaign, muslims girls were refused to stand behind him. Change the perception of Americans towards muslims and that should start from the statehosue, Pentagon, CIA, the streets and neighbourhoods where muslims were stopped from building Islamic centres, etc. Then will muslims see his sincerity.

Asian   June 5th, 2009 5:03 am ET


ACTIONS speak better than WORDS!

Why there’s discrimination for Muslims, Americans, Asians or etc? We all are human beings! Please withdraw your troops and stop all violence take place in other countries due to US and British troops! Then talk about relationships, understanding and humanity! STOP SUPPORTING TERROR GROUPS in the world in order to strengthen and safeguard your power in the world! SEND PRO-TERRORIST OFFICIALS OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION! SEND THEM HOME! CHANGE is just a word Mr. President! Do something to make a BETTER CHANGE in the world! WORLD without TERRORISTS!

Robin   June 6th, 2009 11:25 am ET

Yes, I believe so. However there is a danger here. Just to pacify the Muslim World, President may be willing to compromise the core values of US and the West such as human rights, democracy, freedom. Countries like China, Russia building their global networks rapidly and covertly just compromizing everything for their own interest. These two countries try to empower majoritarian and dictororial regimes around the world as they see as a easy way to get into it. If US and West do the same, who on the earth to protect the basic Human Rights, Minority Interests, Freedom?

The world media and human rights organizations should be watchful on this.

Matthew   July 13th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Anytime a leader of a country visit another it a sign of good faith.

Joyce   March 4th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

We travelled there with our three daughters. We found all informations on Amsterdam it is a very beautiful town and the museums are great. But with the exchange rate as it is, we found it very expensive. Some museums were closed for refurbishment, but the views of the canals and hi-lights such as the Anne Frank House and the Artis Zoo (an old-fashioned place with a great array of animals kept in somewhat cramped conditions) are very memorable. The food is awful unless you want to spend a great deal of money and there is a cynical attitude to tourists that is very out of date (e.g. tapas marinaded pork was one slice of fried bacon on 1/2 a bread roll). We stayed in the serviceable but expensive Singel Hotel which was okay but its close proximity to a red light area made going out with the children awkward and there really was nothing charming or liberated about hurrying past the ladies in the windows. The same is true of the legal dope selling 'coffee houses'. The whole bicycle thing is interesting. It is almost, but not quite, the eco-city of the future. Some cyclists are quite anarchic and we spent a fair bit of time dodging pavement mounted bad-tempered riders. Overall verdict was we were glad we'd been but wouldn't go again as it feels over priced, out of date and sleazy – not the cutting edge hip family friendly town it's sold as.

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