Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s resistance to referring to terrorists as “Islamists” and praised his decision to invoke the Crusades as evidence that mass atrocities throughout history have not been the work of one particular religion.
“He was absolutely right that this is a phenomenon that is not exclusive to any particular religion or any particular religious group,” Jilani said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast for reporters. “It is something that, to paint any particular religious group, it would be unfair.”
Asked whether the president’s word choice matters, the envoy replied, “It certainly matters, because obviously when there is only a small or very small number of those people, the Muslims, who engage in such acts, to paint the entire Muslim community with one broad brush, that would certainly not be liked by a majority of the people.”
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