Sunday, April 03, 2011

Obama: "our responsibilities to our fellow human beings"

"To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action." -- Obama was in his eloquent self, explained the urgency and the necessity of intervention in Lybia well.

The following excerpt points to one of the main reasons for America's decision to stop Gaddafi killing more innocent civilians: "Moreover, America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him. A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia. The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is the best strategy to cling to power. The writ of the United Nations Security Council would have been shown to be little more than empty words, crippling that institution’s future credibility to uphold global peace and security. So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America."

Overall, a great speech!

Wish the world were united like this in other equal or more troubling spots of our world.

Transcript of the speech: http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/28/remarks-president-address-nation-libya

No comments:

Post a Comment