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in response to reader comment: OK is not enough!

Submitted by K. Ahmed (United States), Jun 9, 2009 at 10:47

My answer to your question is NO I don't know where the line is - I do know that Mr. Obama's speech was about changing what you are looking at - changing from looking at past grievances towards looking for possible solutions to current problems. As one who was raised muslim I could not agree with you more regarding the problems facing Islam today. Steeped in old ways and old grievances the man in the street is easily led down paths that are self defeating.

The difficulty that Israel has in coming to terms with a group of people who are themselves in total disarray are readily apparent. Yet in his own way and in a way that perhaps some westerners can't understand but arabs did President Obama was saying that the arabs and the israelis must forget the past and find an answer to their problems as they exist today, not yesterday. People can yell and scream on this site all they wish - but one thing President Obama said more clearly than any other President and he said it on Arab soil - the bond between the US and Israel is unbreakable. If you don't think that resonated on the Arab street then you don't understand the culture at all.

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