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Obama highlights Syria and Iran at UN

Herb Boyd | 9/26/2013, 3:03 p.m.
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“Meanwhile, the supreme leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has just recently reiterated that the Islamic Republic will never develop a nuclear weapon.”

Of course, Obama had to say something about the quest for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, about bringing all the troops home from Iraq and the continuing war against terrorism, particularly al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and it was no surprise to hear him emphasize his desire for peace and harmony among the nations of the world.

“Time and again, nations and people have shown our capacity to change, to live up to humanity’s highest ideals, to choose our better history,” he said toward the end of his lengthy speech. “Last month, I stood where 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. told America about his dream at a time when many people of my race could not even vote for president. Earlier this year, I stood in the small cell where Nelson Mandela endured decades cut off from his own people and the world. Who are we to believe that today’s challenges cannot be overcome when we have seen what changes the human spirit can bring? Who in this hall can argue that the future belongs to those who seek to repress that spirit, rather than those who seek to liberate it?”