p Six days after the 9/11 attacks, in 2001, President George W. Bush to the Islamic Center in Washington to dampen fears of a clash of civilizations between the Islamic world and the West.
“The face of terror is not the true face of Islam,” he said.
“Islam is peace.” Three days later, at a joint session of Congress, Bush defined the challenge from Al Qaeda in political rather than religious or cultural terms.
This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.” A central theme of Bush’s Presidency was fostering democracy through nation-building.
At the Presidential last October, in Las Vegas, he was particularly critical of Saudi Arabia.
“These are people that kill women and treat women horribly, and yet you take their money.” He continued the theme in his first days in office, with an executive order that banned travel from seven countries (later downgraded to six) with predominantly Muslim populations.