German Publicist Todenhöfer: Appeal to Barack Obama

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Sideviews
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The German publicist and journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer (Todenhoefer) has asked to share, print, sign and send this letter (below) to the re-elected U.S. President and so-called Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Barack Obama.

The former politician and book author Jürgen Todenhöfer (Todenhofer) is a known German critic of the US-led wars against Afghanistan and against Iraq and is also sceptical about the last events in Libya as well as in Syria. Mr. Todenhöfer was also the vice chairman of the executive board at German media company Hubert Burda Media till 2008 and he travelled to Syria several times in the last two years.

For Mr. Todenhöfer, the Bush administration was deceiving the public during the war in Iraq and the German journalist and author claims that the US war in Iraq has killed over several hundred thousand Iraqi civilians.

Of course, Mr. Todenhöfer was in Iraq himself, several times, especially for the research to his interesting book “Why do you kill, Zaid?” that people should really read, because it is an interesting piece of truth.

Jürgen Todenhöfer`s appeal to all:

The President of the United States of America

Mr. Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Washington D.C. 20500



Dear Mr. President,


The events of the last decade force us to rethink our relationship between the West and the Muslim world. Otherwise, like in the past years, we will face one disaster after another.

I think that should put the following 10 points on the top of our considerations.


1: The West is a lot more violent than the Muslim world. Millions of Arabic civilians have been killed since the start of colonialism. Not once in the last 200 years has a Muslim country attacked a western country.


2: Nothing promotes terrorism more than the West’s “anti-terror wars”. They are a

terror-breeding program.


3: Terrorism is not a typically Muslim problem, but a global one instead.


4: Terrorists under the guise of Islam are murderers. Leaders of wars of aggression

violating international law under the guise of Christianity are as well.


5: Muslims were and still are at least as tolerant as Jews and Christians.


6: The love of God and the love of ones neighbor are the main commandments in the

Koran as well, and not just in the Bible.


7: Western politics towards the Muslim world suffer from a frightening ignorance of the simplest facts.


8: The West needs to treat the Muslim world just as fairly and generously as it (rightly) treats Israel. Muslims are worth just as much as Jews and Christians.


9: Muslims need to work towards an Islam of progress and tolerance, as their Prophet

Mohammed did. They need to rip the religious mask from the face of “Muslim terrorism”.


10: The order of the day is the art of statesmanship, not the art of war – in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Iraq, in Iran, in Syria and in Palestine.


I ask you to please help redefine our relationship with the Muslim world.






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