Transcript of President Obama’s #mespeech on the Arab Spring, and word cloud:
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“the epitome of the Western urge to dictate to the east and the muslim world how to run their affairs”
where did he dictate this? please point to specific passages
an honest reading of the transcript reveals four major points:
a) we celebrate the change taking place on the ground, especially as
it is consistent with long-held American values
b) we are not the change agents – they are – but we stand ready to support
c) more change is better (in contrast to those who warn that it is
happening too fast)
d) israel/palestine should not be exempt from the changes taking place
So, anyone who thinks otherwise is ‘dishonest’?
since the 4 points are the literal sections of the speech, i’m not sure what other interpretations there are. But Im happy to be shown otherwise. Show me the excerpts of the text that contradict the above.
It’s all there: from rebuking and attacking the Palestinians, extolling the virtues of non-violence and an open Internet, through to tired old canards about economic liberalisation, universal rights and the evils of Iran. This was far more the “epitome” than a Portuguese-speaking television presenter making a mildly humourous quip on prime time Brazilian television.
But I see no reason to tread old ground. We both know where the other stands.
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quite a few along those lines, though I am not sure what if anything the relevance is to the present.
Finally, one can only note what this speech is not: it is not an acknowledgement that the imperialist US posture in the Middle East must change, or that the amount of insane spending on deploying in the region and supplying arms to its dictators ($20bn to Saudi Arabia, the elephant in the room today). But that is probably many speeches and many presidents away. What this pretty but often ambiguous and vapid speech (which like most presidential speeches is first and foremost a speech to Washington) shows is thatwe have entered the interregnum between the American moment in the Middle East (1956-2011) and what is to come next, whatever that is.
in other words, NOT “the epitome of the Western urge to dictate to the east and the muslim world how to run their affairs” but rather the end of that era.
Read it again: ‘not an acknowledgement of imperialist posturing in the region’. More by accident than by design than an interregnum has appeared.
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