Thursday, June 4, 2009

President Obama in Cairo

Just watched President Obama's address in Cairo. Impressive, particularly in its outreach attempt displaying a deep understanding of Muslim history and its cultural and scientific contributions while during the same period in time Europe was backward, illiterate, intolerant, dirty and fighting baronial wars over scraps of land and peasants. The distinction, of course, between the grand age of Islam, with it broad tolerance, promotion of education and philosophy, massive strides in science, and its current status was obvious.

This may be a game changing speech. It was direct and tough to all - including the Israeli's. He put both the Arabs and Israeli's at the same level. Comparing the status of Palestinians to American slavery was brilliant.

The warning to Iran was also clear.

Great speech. Nice for the US to finally have a literate, intelligent leader - better than anyone in Europe.

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