President USA Obama Speech In Egypt For Mutual Respects!

President USA Obama Speech In Egypt For Mutual Respects!

 I quote below the First Part of President Barrack Obama June 4, 2009 in Cairo as in his address to The Muslim World – Quote –

……. So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. And this cycle of suspicion and discord must end.

I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.

Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there’s been a lot ofpublicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors.

There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.”

  That is what I will try to do today — to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart ….  Unquote.

 I think that I can sum up the whole speech in what has been quoted above.

There will be many cynics, skeptics and others that will look at it as there has been nothing new, nothing of any substance or significance – and that it is all empty words and just rhetoric – and perhaps there are other dangers and hidden agendas, like USA needs help from The Rich Arab producing countries to help it in its economy now. They say if America did not suffer in this, then they would not have come now to us. Others quote of GM bankruptcy, and how full page advertisements were carried out by GM in The Middle East Arab countries newspapers to assure the Arab buyers – because they are the biggest buyers of GM vehicles outside the USA.

There will be those that will work vigorously, defiantly and vehemently – openly and in some secretly – to destroy any chances of goodwill, understanding, reconciliation and reapproachment! These will be in both sides of the equation, even if they be the minorities – but they have loud voices, base and support – and some from unexpected quarters. They say politics has strange bedfellows, and none of us should be shocked and amazed to find the extremists, fundamentalists and what have you in both sides to work secretly and in cohort to derail the whole process – and bring things back to where they were before. This will make them very happy to see if this has been achieved.

 If we look at our own Arab history especially, there have been so much missed chances and opportunities day by day in history. If you look at the founding of Israel amongst our midst, what was to be given as original as Israel to the Jewish homeland had multiplied ten forth (if not more) by subsequent wars in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. Israel is now building and taking over Arab lands that will leave even if created a State of Palestine as just Bantustans! What we were able to recover in 1948 was lost more and more to up to 1973, though the Egyptian forces were able to break the impregnable Barlev line, but the Third Army was surrounded and the Israelis were 110 kilometers away from Cairo. Just suppose that if Egypt had lost – what disaster that would have been for our Arab countries? What happened in Iraq would be just like a storm in a tea cup.

As an Arab (and Muslim), I look at what was offered back to us between Sadat and Begin deal, and what was offered again in between Arafat and in Clinton time – as we go by lesser and lesser. When Anwar Sadat was assassinated, there were rejoicing by those that did not like him and the Peace deal between Israel and Egypt. What did we gain after that? Lebanon invasion (2 times), Gaza invasion and so on. The settlements have taken all those lands that had an opportunity to return to us – if we swallowed our pride and rhetoric and went for salvation and damage control.

 I am not talking here of being squeamish, timid, afraid and being cowards. We have to face facts and reality – the bitter agonizing truth. The USA and Western countries (even China and Russia too for that matter!) will not allow Israel to be dismantled and to be destroyed. Despite all the American economic woes, USA still gives Israel 3 billion US Dollars every year – and most of it in military supplies. The Arab countries are divided more than ever before. Even in the Palestinian and Lebanon camps themselves. Whom are we trying to kid and fool, if not ourselves?

 They say God works in mysterious ways! Don’t you find it (like that Greek tragedy) ironical, satirical and funny (funny strangely) that the President of the country that America went to war to remove in Iraq, has the same surname of the New President of USA? If you cannot see it; you never will! This is the same President who is now giving the above speech – son of a Kenyan African Muslim father – and step father too! A boy who grew up in the largest populated Islamic country in the world (Indonesia) – albeit even the fact that he is from a Christian White Mother – and he himself is Christian. As a grandparent I want to bring out another valid and pertinent point. Who are his grandparents? One side Kenyan African Muslims – and the other side White Americans. Why should then it surprise you if he is the same person who wants to bring peace in the world, and reconciliation and peace amongst the greatest religions in the world of Islam, Christianity and Judaism?

 Barrack Obama can speak to the man in the street, in any part of the world. Even if that person cannot speak or understand English. His mannerisms, body language and smiles can do the rest – even in unspoken words. I was really taken back to hear a Hamas spokesman referring to Obama speech to that of Martin Luther King – I have a dream! That in short sums it all up.

The Saudi Peace offer is the best thing that can happen to Israel, the Arab world and to the whole world. It is still at the table. Those who are REAL and TRUE friends of Israel must make it aware to accept this offer; there is nothing better that will ever come up again. And Israel must be made to be aware that it cannot continue to live forever as a thorn and parasite amidst Arab and Islamic countries its neighbours mainly. USA is far away, it has problems and difficulties that will not allow it to give a blank cheque to Israel and blind unhindered support like in the past. There are already raised voices now – voices that had been quiet and going along for so long even in the corridors of power in USA and in Europe – and even raised voices like settlements. Obama himself said it too.

 The need and the time for peace, reconciliation, harmony and everything else is now – not later – not tomorrow – not maybe – NOW – before it is too late for all of us and the whole of mankind. God Help us all Amin (Amen).


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