How moral authority is surrendered

On June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered an address at Cairo University that was reported around the world. He made a call for “A New Beginning” in relations between the United States and Muslims around the world.

In the part dealing with the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis he made an interesting observation that might have some bearing even today, after all the many other things promised in that speech (closing of the detention camp at Guantanamo, U.S. dedication to Palestinian-Israeli peace, no “bases” in Iraq, etc.) have been disregarded. He said:

“[I]t was not violence that won full and equal rights.  It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding.  This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia.  It’s a story with a simple truth:  that violence is a dead end.  It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus.  That’s not how moral authority is claimed; that’s how it is surrendered.” [Emphasis added.]

Tomorrow this same President plans a media blitz, using the full weight of his office, to seek Congressional consent for him to shoot rockets at sleeping children and blow up old women on a bus.

  1. I am sorry to learn that, the reality is : previously was a true lie, tomorrow will be a true face!

    • Jeff Nguyen
    • September 8th, 2013

    An insightful and, unfortunately, ironic piece. Obama has never had trouble speaking inspirationally, he would have made a good preacher in another life. Too bad the actual content is bs. America was founded on genocidal violence and established on the back of human beings imported like Hondas. The U.S. is only the country to drop an atomic bomb and has used chemical weapons in Vietnam, Iraq and, no doubt, many more places we’ll never hear about. Glen Ford has called Obama “the more effective evil”…

    It appears that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

  2. I no longer see a limit to what the US elite and its global partners are willing to do to secure and maintain their power: there is no limit. Entire regions, and millions of human beings are considered completely expendable.
    We ARE the terrorists. What are we going to do about it?

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