I listened to President Obama’s speech at the United Nations General assembly with interest. It was an engaging speech with a wonderful delivery. His message of tolerance is of paramount importance in the world we live in today, where the few, the loud, those void of vision are trying to confuse and distract the masses of the people from pursuing real agendas of democracy, economic development, health care, equitable distribution of wealth, etc.
Obama seems to gear his message to certain toxic Diasporas, as well, when he uttered the following sentences-
“A politics based only on anger –one based on dividing the world between us and them – not only sets back international cooperation, it ultimately undermines those who tolerate it.”
“It is time to leave the call of violence and the politics of division behind. On so many issues, we face a choice between the promise of the future, or the prisons of the past.”
“It is time to heed the words of Gandhi:” “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.”
Professor Mekonen Haddis