They welcome change in U.S. policies that have threatened world peace for eight years. These were turbulent times, years fraught with hate, death and destruction.
Barack Obama's father was a black man from Kenya who tended his goats. Barack's mother, an idealistic white woman, had left Barack with his white grandparents.
These grandparents guided his destiny from childhood to manhood.
Barack Obama's educational and political achievements give hope not only in the U.S.A., but to those struggling throughout the world, for he mentions them in his speeches.
Obama speaks of the power of diplomacy, not bombs, as a means of resolving pressing international problems. He emphasizes the fact we must tear down those walls that separate us - walls separating Muslims, Christians and Jews.
As for the horrifying genocide in Darfur, Obama declared with great feeling, "Never again!"
On MSNBC hours after his Berlin speech triumph where the thousands cheered, some responses to this event were most interesting.
One analyst quoted John McCain's response to Obama's triumphant Berlin reception, in which he stated emphatically:
"Obama would rather lose a war than lose the presidency."
One analyst observed, "McCain is beginning to sound like a grumpy old man!"
McCain's response displays a defensive stance. Another analyst spoke soberly, "I've never heard one presidential candidate talk like that about another presidential candidate. That is almost calling him a traitor because he thought the Iraq War was a mistake."
This is the question that must be answered at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. International laws that deal with the legality of conducting war were signed by the U.S. years ago.
The nation of Iraq never threatened the U.S.A. The nation of Iraq never invaded the U.S.A.
It has been revealed in the Spanish newspaper El Pais, and was said to have been recorded by a diplomat at a meeting in Crawford, Texas on February 22, 2003, that Saddam Hussein was willing to step down from power and go into exile one month before the invasion of Iraq.
The offer was reportedly revealed in a transcript of talks between George Bush and then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. According to the report Saddam Hussein was prepared to leave Baghdad peacefully in return for $1 billion.
Could all this death, destruction and debt have been avoided by timely diplomacy?
If it were proven in international court that the Iraq War was staged with a series of well orchestrated lies to obtain control of Iraq's oil, such disclosures would soak the pages of history with the blood of its victims.
Vincent Bugliosi's book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" should be read by everyone who abhors needless killing in senseless wars.
W.B. Yeats in his book "The Second Coming" states prophetically what is happening right now. Yeats' startling vision of future events reads:
"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere, the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."
KEYWORDS: Barack Obama, Obama Berlin Speech, George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein
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