Thursday, June 04, 2009

On Obama in Cairo

My friend, Avrum Rosensweig has a wonderul blog, with a very thoughtful piece today on President Obama's speech in Cairo - Obama’s Cairo Speech: Half the Room is Standing:

President Obama’s speech today was as powerful and groundbreaking as one could have expected. His presentation made for outstanding TV and his mastery with words, phrases and sentences will go down in history and no doubt grant him a place in the Oratory Hall of Fame.

The outcome of his words – which after all are only words according to some – will become evident one day – or they won’t. It is too early to tell. It is obvious however that there is not one universal response to the man’s speech in Cairo, nor one conclusion.

Once again the Middle East and American’s first Afro-American president are centre stage with an audience that is only partially giving them a standing ovation. Something new has been tried today, something possibly refreshing which may, like the war on Iraq, cast a new light on a region and people who have for years refused to grow with the rest of the globe and used this inability to perpetrate some very destructive and hurtful things.

Stay tuned, the best is yet to come! Peace might be around the corner. Or it may be way down the block, off to the left and then circling around to the right. Let’s wait and see.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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