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Passion Islam I February 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
Can Obama deliver the promise?
a practicing Christian, spent several Obama, who took the oath with
years of his childhood in Indonesia, his hand on a Bible used to swear in
the most populous Muslim nation in Abraham Lincoln in 1861, promised
the world. to restore to America’s its glory and
America’s relations with the might, both political and economic.
Muslim world have been tense “Starting today, we must pick ourselves
during the eight-year presidency of up, dust ourselves off, and begin
his predecessor George Bush. Many again the work of remaking America,”
Muslims were particularly angered he said to the cheers and applause
by Bush’s so-called war on terror of millions. Obama, who campaigned
which saw the invasion of two Muslim on a message of hope and change,
countries, Afghanistan and Iraq. A is inheriting an America gripped by
series of Muslim detainees’ abuse uncertainty and fears of recession.
scandals in Afghanistan, Iraq and In the inauguration speech, he
the notorious Guantanamo detention spoke candidly of the challenges
center also fanned anti-Americanism facing the nation, notably the economic
across the globe, but especially in downturn. “That we are in the midst of
Muslim countries. crisis is now well understood,” he said.
President Obama stressed that “Our nation is at war…Our economy
his America will “reject as false a is badly weakened, a consequence of
choice between our safety and our greed and irresponsibility on the part
ideals,” a reference to the usual Bush of some, but also our collective failure
administration rhetoric justifying civil to make hard choices and prepare
US President Barack Obama rights violations and torture tactics. the nation for a new age, Obama
promised, a new start with the Muslim “We will begin to responsibly leave explained. “Homes have been lost;
world and a remake of America. Iraq to its people, and forge a hard- jobs shed; businesses shuttered.”
“To the Muslim world, we seek a earned peace in Afghanistan,” he told Obama insisted that while America
new way forward, based on mutual a sea of cheering multi-racial crowd, faces daunting challenges, its people
interest and mutual respect,” Obama estimated at more than two millions. must enter a new era of responsibility.
said in his landmark inauguration Obama, however, had a stern “We remain a young nation, but in the
speech, watched by millions around message to America’s enemies. “For words of scripture, the time has come
the world. The long-awaited speech those who seek to advance their aims to set aside childish things,” said the
came immediately after Obama took by inducing terror and slaughtering new president. “Today I say to you
the oath of office as America’s 44th innocents, we say to you now that that the challenges we face are real.
president and its first-ever black our spirit is stronger and cannot be They are serious and they are many.
leader. A son of a black Kenyan father broken; you cannot outlast us, and we They will not be met easily.
and white American mother, Obama, will defeat you.”
Saudi Arabia releases list of 85 terror suspects
Saudi Arabia has published a new still others who are still holding on said adding that the Saudi society has
list of 85 most wanted suspects living to their sins and temptations,” the realised the reality of deviant thought
abroad. statement said. and the goals of evil-doers who are
The list included 83 Saudis and two “They have made themselves tools waging a war against Allah and His
Yemenis. There were also six Saudis in the hands of the enemies of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
released from the Guantanamo religion, and the nation has nothing The ministry announced rewards
detention centre in the list, according to do with them and is apprehensive amounting to millions of riyals to
Saudi authorities have asked for the about what despicable acts these those who pass tip off regarding
help of Interpol to detain the suspects human devils might perpetrate against the suspects. “Rewards earlier
and return them to Saudi Arabia, the their people and nation.” announced will also be extended to
Saudi Press Agency reported, citing The Ministry urged the suspects to those who provide information about
an official source at the Ministry of turn themselves in to the nearest Saudi these persons wanted by the security
Interior. embassies and consulates abroad. authorities,” the statement said. The
The ministry statement said that “The wanted persons should return ministry earlier announced SR 7
after Saudi Arabia announced an to reason and wisdom and surrender million for those who help foil a terror
amnesty on August 4 last year, 15 under the amnesty offer, whereby act. SR 5 million will be awarded to
Saudis “who were misled and realised their return to the country would be those who give information leading to
their mistake” had come forward to secured and they would be reunited the arrest a group of terrorists and SR
surrender to the Saudi embassies with their families depending on the 1 million for those giving information
and consulates abroad. “There are charges against them,” the statement about one suspect.
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