Best line of Obama’s inauguration speech

I found this to be one of the best lines of Obama’s inauguration speech. I found it very applicable to our situation in the Arab world.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

It seems that we often forget that our shortcomings are of our own doing. We all have an obligation to build our own countries and enhance our lives and the lives of all their citizens. Instead of blaming all our downfalls on others, we have to take building a bright future for ourselves into our own hands. Instead of giving up, we have to take it upon ourselves to create opportunities in our homelands were they are missing.

Other than that, i really liked the gesture shown by Obama by directly mentioning the Muslim world and how there are common interests between the Muslim world and America, and how that both can work at them in a civilized and peaceful way. Hopefully his administration will be much better than its predecessor in dealing with the Middle East and the Arab & Muslim worlds in general.

[full transcripts of Obama’s inaugural speech here]

  1. The problem is: are we allowed to judge?

    lets face it, the ills of the Arab world are all because of Jewish conspiracies. Did you see how Emanuel Rahm was smirking all throughout Obama’s speech?

  2. Garfan: I think you are being sarcastic (or at least i hope so 🙂 ).

  3. In this part of the world if we complain about our governments we are called heretics and get into jail

  4. I haven’t seen it all, I was quite busy last night, I will do watch it later on during the day.

    ”To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

    Change is coming indeed.

  5. KJ: Yes, but the point is that we should stop complaining and laying blame on others and make a point in working harder by ourselves. There is a huge tendency to just complain and lay blame on anybody else but ourselves. For example, how many of us have seen this .. when an Arab company owner is having trouble with his work, doesn’t he often lay the blame on his “bad clients”…. If you don’t make money, you blame it on the government or the people, but rarely yourself.

    Of course, i am not talking about you here .. i am just saying that we often find it too easy to assume that our current shortcomings are not because of faults of our own, but because of “others” .. and we should all work harder on overcoming our challenges and actually build things and make progress.

    Nizar: Well .. hopefully it is not just rhetoric and is actually going to be applied.

  6. I understand, but everyone on the street supports Gaza, and our leaders came to a disagreement about how to support Gaza in the recent summit.

  7. KJ: It’s not just about Gaza .. the Arab street was actually able to carry out many charitable moves all by itself. However, i am talking in general.

  8. Za3tar, I agree, great line

  9. i like it!!!! its cool

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