Obama Delivers Speech to Muslim World in Cairo
Obama Delivers Speech to Muslim World in Cairo
Monday, June 8,2009 09:47
By Max

At 6:10am EST, President Barack Obama delivered his highly anticipated speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University. The president touched on the controversies surrounding U.S. promotion of democracy in the Muslim world, acknowledging that “I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.”

 

Nevertheless, he affirmed American support for democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere:

 

“Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments–provided they govern with respect for all their people. This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they are out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power: you must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party.”

 

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