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El Caribe, Dominican Republic

Obama’s Words

By Editorial

Translated By Pedro Garcés Satué

23 January 2013

Edited by Gillian Palmer

Dominican Republic - El Caribe - Original Article (Spanish)

The renascent United States renewed its government in a beautiful ceremony full of significance, particularly with regard to the Hispanic presence and, above all, Barack Obama’s message. During his second term, he will go into detail about his convictions about the country’s role in the world and in the lives of his fellow citizens.

Obama has started this term very focused on his ideas for peace. His words could not be better: “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” That expression cannot be overlooked, because it rejects a past that was tinged with a Big Stick policy toward neighboring and distant countries. The truth is that when he assumed the presidency, he inherited two wars, in Iraq and in Afghanistan — and a third one in unclear territories and with unknown enemies such as al-Qaida.

Likewise, it is worth mentioning the way in which he invoked the courage it takes to try to peacefully resolve differences with other countries, with the understanding that commitment is more effective in international relations than “suspicion and fear.” Peace, he states, requires the advance of common principles such as tolerance, opportunity, human dignity and justice.

Such a philosophy for a country as powerful as the United States has a special dimension. In that direction, he announced the defense of his people and their values “through strength of arms and rule of law,” while at the same time declaring his support for democracy and freedom in the world.

President Obama does not only have the challenge of promoting a leadership in favor of world peace. His fellow citizens also expect the economic crisis to end under his inspiration. They expect confidence in the economy to be restored, and they wish for all those citizens of the world who choose the United States as the land of opportunity to feel confident knowing that they can live in peace.

Excellent words from President Obama.



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