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The Tone and the Music; Reaction to Obama's Cairo Speech

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ONE MAN spoke to the world, and the world listened.

He walked onto the stage in Cairo, alone, without hosts and without aides, and delivered a sermon to an audience of billions. Egyptians and Americans, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, Sunnis and Shiites, Copts and Maronites – and they all listened attentively. 

He unfolded before them the map of a new world, a different world, whose values and laws he spelled out in simple and clear language -  a mixture of idealism and practical politics, vision and pragmatism.

Barack Hussein Obama – as he took pains to call himself – is the most powerful man on earth. Every word he utters is a political fact.

“A HISTORIC SPEECH”, pronounced commentators in a hundred languages. I prefer another adjective:

The speech was right.

Every word was in its place, every sentence precise, every tone in harmony. The masterpiece of a man bringing a new message to the world.

From the very first word, every listener in the hall and in the world felt the honesty of the man, that his heart and his tongue were in harmony, that this is not a politician of the old familiar sort – hypocritical, sanctimonious, calculating. His body language was speaking, and so were his facial expressions  
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That’s why the speech was so important. The new moral integrity and the sense of honesty increased the impact of the revolutionary content.

AND A REVOLUTIONARY speech it certainly was.

In 55 minutes, it not only wiped away the eight years of George W. Bush, but also much of the preceding decades, from World War II on.

The American ship has turned – not with the sluggishness everyone would have expected, but with the agility of a speedboat.

That is much more than a political change. It touches the roots of the American national consciousness. The President spoke to hundreds of million US citizens no less than to a billion Muslims.
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The American culture is based on the myth of the Wild West, with its Good Guys and Bad Guys, violent justice, dueling under the midday sun. Since the American nation is composed of immigrants from all over the world, its unity seems to require a threatening, world-encompassing evil enemy, like the Nazis and the Japs, or the Commies. After the collapse of the Soviet empire, this role was taken over by Islam.

Cruel, fanatical, bloodthirsty Islam; Islam as the religion of murder and destruction; an Islam lusting for the blood of women and children. This enemy captured the imagination of the masses and supplied material for television and cinema. It provided lecture topics for learned professors and fresh inspiration for popular writers. The White House was occupied by a moron who declared a world-wide “War on Terrorism”.

When Obama is now uprooting this myth, he is revolutionizing American culture. He wipes away the picture of one enemy, without painting another in its place. He preaches against the violent, adversary attitude itself, and starts to work to replace it with a culture of partnership between nations, civilizations and religions.

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Uri Avnery is a longtime Israeli peace activist. Since 1948 has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In 1974, Uri Avnery was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership. In 1982 he was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat, after crossing the lines in besieged Beirut. He served three terms in the Israeli (more...)

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and affirm the positive future we can build if we ... by sometimes blinded on Sunday, Jun 7, 2009 at 8:50:11 PM
right, since so far, its not been the case, howeve... by pepper on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:45:19 PM
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I voted for Obama, but this sort of adulatory bomb... by John Toradze on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 9:41:58 AM
a deep discussion about who has done what, then we... by pepper on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:52:35 PM
We face a future where a president alone can decla... by bucketslogg on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 11:46:52 AM
... have been overturned??? Maybe one? My pappy ... by pepper on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:55:44 PM
I understand and relate to this authors embrace of... by Bob Tracey on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 1:37:52 PM
solution. Remember, the CFR has written a paper on... by pepper on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 3:09:40 PM
I hope I am not wrong here, but after reading the ... by pepper on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:42:35 PM
Thanks OpedNews  For posting Uri's articl... by AL Knesal on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:49:23 PM
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Pepper meet Mary Sunshine...Mary! ...  Pepper... by AL Knesal on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 1:04:24 AM
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Mary, meet Pepper ...Pepper! ... Mary! Your mu... by AL Knesal on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 1:08:31 AM
This speech sounds conciliatory, but does not addr... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 at 6:08:13 PM
Further, the power elites have taken a major hit t... by bucketslogg on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 8:17:47 AM
Obama hopes to inspire the world's peoples to ... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 10:42:07 AM
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