Obama & Me
President Obama’s speech in Cairo on 4 June has finally outlawed hatred and now reconciliation, partnerships and common goals are fashionable once again.
Obama agreed with my call and years of voluntary efforts in promoting community cohesion when he said,“we commit ourselves to an effort, a sustained effort, to find common ground”. Indeed he also echoed my sentiments about “recognising our common humanity”.
I think our visions were best reflected in his words when he said we “share common principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
I noted that Obama also took a decisive jab at France, Turkey and various other racist European and non European regulations and thought processes when he said, “it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.” As I’ve been saying, Britain leads the way in Europe.
It’s a shame the speech was not made earlier to help the disillusioned British electorate to steer clear of UKIP and the BNP in the European Elections. In the words of Obama, those who voted for extremist parties “will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace.” BNP & UKIP are supporters of outdated concepts and have served only to pull Britain backwards while the rest of the world is poised to move forward.
So much for his words and mine. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.