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June 10, 2009


Eric Chen

Professor Nacos,

This post reminds me of my responses to your post about President Obama's inauguration speech: http://www.reflectivepundit.com/reflectivepundit/2009/01/the-promise-of-americas-and-obamas-patchwork-heritage-.html#comments

It is heartening that rather than depart from his predecessor, President Obama continues to move forward President Bush's liberal agenda in the War on Terror, and sounding remarkably similar to Bush in the process. Of course, that's not unique to Bush and Obama; President Bush moved forward with Operation Iraqi Freedom using the case that was essentially formulated under President Clinton.

Here's an excerpt from President Bush's June 2, 2004 speech: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9946-2004Jun2.html

(It's worth reading the entire speech; while dated in places, it is instructive of the Bush-Obama liberal agenda in this war.)

"This is not a clash of civilizations. The civilization of Islam, with its humane traditions of learning and tolerance, has no place for this violent sect of killers and aspiring tyrants.

This is not a clash of religions. The faith of Islam teaches moral responsibility that ennobles men and women and forbids the shedding of innocent blood.

Instead, this is a clash of political visions.

In the terrorist vision of the world, the Middle East must fall under the rule of radical governments, moderate Arab states must be overthrown, nonbelievers must be expelled from Muslim lands and the harshest practice of extremist rule must be universally enforced. In this vision, books are burned, terrorists are sheltered, women are whipped and children are schooled in hatred and murder and suicide.

Our vision is completely different. We believe that every person has a right to think and pray and live in obedience to God and conscience, not in frightened submission to despots.

We believe that societies find their greatness by encouraging the creative gifts of their people, not in controlling their lives and feeding their resentments. And we have confidence that people share this vision of dignity and freedom in every culture because liberty is not the invention of Western culture, liberty is the deepest need and hope of all humanity.

The vast majority of men and women in Muslim societies reject the domination of extremists like Osama bin Laden. They're looking to the world's free nations to support them in their struggle against a violent minority who want to impose a future of darkness across the Middle East.

We will not abandon them to the designs of evil men. We will stand with the people of that region as they seek their future in freedom."

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