Friday, May 30, 2014

Obama announces changes in the Arab world

"And watching these trends, or the violent upheavals in parts of the Arab World, it’s easy to be cynical.  But remember that because of America’s efforts, because of American diplomacy and foreign assistance as well as the sacrifices of our military, more people live under elected governments today than at any time in human history.  Technology is empowering civil society in ways that no iron fist can control.  New breakthroughs are lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.  And even the upheaval of the Arab World reflects the rejection of an authoritarian order that was anything but stable, and now offers the long-term prospect of more responsive and effective governance. " He should have added with the exception of our allies in Morocco, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, and the PA.