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Terry Jones

On 9/11 anniversary, we need to hear from President Bush

Former President George W. Bush made plenty of mistakes in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — principally, the diversion of resources from the war in Afghanistan to the ill conceived war in Iraq — but there was one crucial thing he got absolutely right: Mr. Bush always insisted that our enemy was Al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies, not the religion of Islam or the 1 billion Muslims worldwide who revere the Quran as holy scripture.

President Obama, who early on made outreach to the world’s Muslim population a diplomatic priority, has continued to stress that crucial distinction, despite the recent upsurge in anti-Muslim feeling triggered by plans to build an...