Bush links Pope's remarks to anti-terrorism fight

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21 September 2006, WASHINGTON - US President George W Bush on Wednesday defended Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam that have inflamed Muslims and placed the pontiff's words in the context of the fight against terrorism. Bush avoided commenting directly on the pope's speech, but indicated that he believes it highlighted what he has called a "struggle for civilization" and against Islamic extremism. "It's a struggle between people who use religion to kill and those of us who are for peace," Bush said in a

21 September 2006

WASHINGTON - US President George W Bush on Wednesday defended Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam that have inflamed Muslims and placed the pontiff's words in the context of the fight against terrorism.

Bush avoided commenting directly on the pope's speech, but indicated that he believes it highlighted what he has called a "struggle for civilization" and against Islamic extremism.
"It's a struggle between people who use religion to kill and those of us who are for peace," Bush said in an interview on the Cable News Network (CNN) television channel when asked about the pope's remarks.

Bush defended Benedict's speech "to the point that it clarified the issue."

The pope triggered protests and condemnation in Muslim countries with a speech last week in Germany that quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor who called Islam "evil and inhuman."

Benedict has said he is sorry that the remarks caused outrage among Muslims and insisted the citation does not reflect his own view. It was part of a lengthy speech on religious dogma and history that Benedict says was meant to promote interfaith understanding.

Bush also defended his public use of the term "Islamic fascists" in describing US foes in the fight against terrorism, part of his attempt to liken terrorists to the Nazis and other past threats.

"I'm referring to extremists and radicals, totalitarians," he said on CNN. "The point I was making is these people share a common ideology. ... I don't believe these people represent the true spirit of Islam."

Critics have questioned Bush's use of the term, saying it singles out Muslims.

DPA

Subject: German news

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