posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 09:52 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan
I personally do not see nothing negative in president having some muslims as advisors. Larger majority of Muslims are peaceful people... There are
several reasons why there is a need of them in the advisory.
1) Problems in the Middle East involve several Muslim nations. When dealing with them in diplomatic relations trying to find a peaceful middle way,
one needs to understand the culture well. Many things can be considered disrespect. For example, a good friend of mine was trying to deal with Muslim
comapny from Saudi-Arabia. He asked the head of the company about his family, just a common courtesy round here, there it is considered disrespect,
such matters are private. He lost the deal because of that question...
2) Dealing with local Muslim community also requires respect. There are many muslims in US, most of them hard-working legal non-criminal citizens.
After all religion is free to choose. There have been cases with extreme muslims, although there needs to be found a way not to label every muslim as
terrorist and not to insult their religion. It is the same as labelling every person with mental health into a psycho/terrorist, because some have
performed extreme actions... As many believe, US is a land of freedom, there is freedom for religion, freedom of speech. which means people with
different beliefs should be respected, not discriminated based on their beliefs.
3) They might have connections with Muslim Brotherhood The influence of that organisation on the Islamic World is huge, which means staying peaceful
with them is necessary. Having connections is a good way of understanding the brotherhood better and finding better ways to deal with them while not
causing any problems.
I do not see any problem in President of multicultural nation having advisories from the minority groups. It is necessary to have different
perspectives and people who belong in the minorities have clearer picture of their group than other non-minority people. The best way to get Islamic
perspective on things, is talking directly to people whose religion is Islam... easy.