The answer to Obama from young Muslims

BY Muhammed Burak Beduk, Muhammed Bilal Beduk, and Yusuf Yildiz | NOVEMBER 16, 2009 7:22 AM

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To the President Barack Hussein Obama:

We are three young Muslims who came to the USA from Turkey as international students holding F-1 visas.

We moved to the United States before you were elected, and we followed the election like the whole world. Since you were elected, we’ve paid close attention to your presidency.

We are interested in your actions and goodwill regardless of your religion. We respect you as a good Christian with high manners. Since you became president, you’ve been changing the world’s route toward peace. With your leadership, world peace has once again been spoken by all countries.

You dedicate yourself to reach a peaceful world in which no a nuclear-weapon policy is sought, there is no prejudgment on the Muslim world, and a strong communication among all countries is established. This has been the image that the United States followed since the beginning. Even though previous governments have negatively changed this image, you started building it up back to where it should be — and even further.

We decided to contribute to your success and provide something little, but very useful for the American people by combining our knowledge. We realized that the American people have a lot of ideas about their country, and we asked ourselves, “What if these ideas are taken into account?” The answer was obvious; “All problems can be fixed easily.” We know that “Everything starts with one idea, and one idea can change everything.” If one idea is that powerful, thousands or even millions ideas can make drastic changes — not only for the United States, but for the world.

So we established the website, www.3minsforUSA.com. We want American citizens here in the United States or in other countries, students who live in America, and people all over the world to spend three minutes to find solutions to problems and share their ideas. In addition, anyone can vote and comment on these ideas to choose the best and most useful. The opening date of the website was Nov. 4, the first anniversary of your Election Day win, because we believe this particular date will be more and more important for history of the world.

In your 2008 Democratic National Convention Speech, you said, “I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease.”

We are your new partners for fixing problems of America and the world, and we believe that many people who have different religions, nationalities, or cultural backgrounds will follow us in order to support your effort to build a new, peaceful world.

We, three partners of the “3 Minutes for USA” project, wanted to let you know that we are with you in your noble action.

We believe in you.

The authors are Houston residents and University of Houston students.

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