Published by Fred Soto, whitehouser.com. March 3rd, 2008:
Barack Obama talks about U.S. relations, peace and world affairs
As president of the United States, I will directly address the people of the Muslim world to make it clear that the United States is not at war with Islam, that our enemy is al-Qaeda and its tactical and ideological affiliates, and that our struggle is shared. In this speech, I will make it clear that the United States rejects torture — without equivocation, and will close Guantanamo. I will make it clear that the United States stands ready to support those who reject violence with closer security cooperation; an agenda of hope — backed by increased foreign assistance — to support justice, development and democracy in the Muslim world; and a new program of outreach to strengthen ties between the American people and people in Muslim countries.
I will also make it clear that we will expect greater cooperation from Muslim countries; and that the United States will always stand for basic human rights — including the rights of women — and reject the scourge of anti-Semitism. Simply put, I will say that we are on the side of the aspirations of all peace-loving Muslims, and together we must build a new spirit of partnership to combat terrorists who threaten our common security.
In one breath, Barack Obama brought up the difference between Muslims and fundamentalist extremists, he rejected torture, and promised to close down Guantanamo. He also denounced violence, urged cooperation between nations of the world, promoted justice and wants to help mend the harm done to our relationship with the Muslim world under President Bush's leadership. You can call it mere rhetoric or "all talk and no action" but it is effective in helping to quell problems that have arisen out of our poorly conceived attack on Iraq.
[RLCC: Fred Soto's article goes into much more than just Barack Obama. His point concerning Barack Obama though is consistent with Fred's entire thrust. Fred does just about the best job anyone can do while still missing the larger point that the system itself is fatally flawed. That system is a coercive means of attempting to hold together (force together) irreconcilable spirits. It won't ever work. The only thing that will ever work is people displacing all their coercive emotions with the spirit of service. Those who truly know this and do it completely that is consistently are of, by, and for the spirit of Jesus Christ. It takes all of what Jesus teaches and does totally to be of the real spirit of service and not of the spirit of half-truths. Nothing may be left out or added. It's perfect and perfectly beautiful. If you agree, chime in.]
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