ABU DHABI // Extremists exist all over the world and their views must not poison the debate between the Arab world and the West, the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, told an audience in the capital yesterday.
"We have extremists in my country," Mrs Clinton said. She was referring to the gunman who shot six people dead and wounded 14, including the Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson on Saturday. "The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on TV, that's not who we are, that's not who you are," Mrs Clinton said.
"What we have to do is get through that and make it clear that it doesn't represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions."
Mrs Clinton was speaking to a packed auditorium at Zayed University, where students made up the audience of Kalam Nawa'em, an MBC1 television show. The full programme will be broadcast on Sunday at midnight.
"Those who are engaged in terrorist activity are really against the entire world," she said. Terrorists "consistently" target Muslims, Mrs Clinton said.
"They may have launched an attack on us on 9/11 which was horrible and cost nearly 3,000 lives, but in the years since they have killed in so many other places," she said. "They would turn the clock back on everything that we've been talking about."...The gist being: "You've got 'extremists'; we've got 'extremists': see how much we (and they) have in common?"
As for the claim that "extremism" "doesn't represent Arab opinions and ideas," who says so? Certainly not the Arabs, members of the OIC and signatories of the Cairo Declaration affirming the primacy of Islamic law (not coincidentally, that's the identical goal of Atta's
holy warriors, the Fort Hood shooter and the Muslim Brotherhood).