Today in his inaugural speech the new president of the United Stares, Barack Obama, used the word war only once. He said that the US ar at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. He didn’t use the word terrorism.
He only said: “And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, “Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.” I loved that.
“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.
And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”
“And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.”
And this was great:
“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”
And just to end:
“And so, to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.”
He is warning for hard times, of course, everybody knows that. This is going to be a real tough job. I wish him a lot of luck and wisdom.
If he really will be able to make his words real, things are going to change indeed. And the world is hungering for it.
He is going to be busy. I hope he will have time for Latin America as well.