U.S. Muslim groups’ representatives said Wednesday that they
should have had more input on the Sept. 11 commission’s final report, which
they say fails to lay out a comprehensive plan to win the hearts and minds
of Muslims overseas.

”Why would they fail to consult a key group who could help them understand
what’s going on in the Muslim world?” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for
the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The groups, reacting to the commission’s final report, called the
recommendations a ”step in the right direction,” but ultimately
inadequate in addressing terrorism’s root causes. Many Muslims abroad
resent Americans because they think U.S. actions don’t match the rhetoric
of freedom, they said…

The groups cited the report’s failure to explore the impact of U.S. policy
toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as whether the war in Iraq
has made the Middle East and United States safer or at greater risk to


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