No Wall is High Enough

President Obama’s speech today in Israel was brave and courageous and some are already saying it is one of the best of any US President on the subject. He charged the young people to challenge their leaders to make peace and he pledged his support, “No wall is high enough”, he reaffirmed a mantra of my generation that peace is the answer.

Many of us who supported President Obama in 2008 and earlier believed he would recapture America’s leadership on the world stage. Today in Israel he did just that, he demonstrated not just his grasp of the complexity of achieving Middle East Peace but his courage to address some of the hardest and most contentious challenges to that peace. Watch for yourselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjiLcl6WGBQ

As demanding as his job is on the home front, the President has the capacity and willingness to frame discussions of peace and to offer solutions making himself and his administration vulnerable to glaring criticism and political fallout. Let us not forget that our peace in the US demands we advocate for peace around the world.  In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “..have come to realize that their destiny is inextricably tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”

Comments

  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    Still looking for something to justify the Nobel Peace Prize five years after it was awarded?
    Unfortunately, the Israelis and Palestinians don’t agree with your assessment.