Originally posted by Eladar
Since Obama claims that these guys aren't really Muslims, why were they given Korans and given special treatment for being Muslims?
Obama is reaching out to any reachable Muslim leaders who might be able to influence moderate Muslims to renounce terrorism, and then to organize to stamp it out.
For political (and psychological) reasons these leaders have to treat terrorism as an aberration from "true Islam." This is a fact about people in general.
It is a far more likely road to results; to go along with this politically and psychologically necessary rationale, since the alternative would be a call by the West, for Muslims to dismantle Islam itself. That would feed right into the message of the terrorists.
Obviously, the White House thinks that this is the best approach. RIght? Wrong? Let's discuss the alternatives.
As to providing Korans etc.? I don't know. It's a tight wire situation. It could be argued that doing so is better than leaving the ideas of those who radicalized them as their only source of inspiration.
I have Muslims as friends. They are appalled at what is going on in their name.