Islam Not at Odds With US Values, Say Officials, Community Leaders

Jakarta. The “war on terror” proclaimed by US President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York has largely been wound down by his successor, Barack Obama, but not before engendering accusations that it was essentially a war on Islam.

US officials have long denied this, and any perceived hostility is a relatively new phenomenon, given the long and solicitous history that the two share.

Indeed, it was Muslim Morocco that in 1777 became the first country to recognize US independence from the British; while John Adams, the second president, hailed the prophet Muhammad as a “sober inquirer of truth,” and his successor, Thomas Jefferson, hosted the first fast-breaking event at the White House in 1805.

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