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.