"I hope...I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of the Quran which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness."
-Napoleon Bonaparte in a letter in Egypt in August 1798
Bonaparte's letter was a historic failure to address the people of Egypt, trying to convince them of his good intentions. His own warships spoke louder than his soft words and challenged his credibility before people did.
Obama's speech does not lend him a prettier face, though it is the least Muslims expect from him. With an army in Afghanistan, another in Iraq, and a funded arsenal in Israel, the US has a lot to say and to do to gain Muslims respect. Sheikh Obama needs to walk the walk, and I'm pretty sure that there are many more people in the Muslim world that want to give him a chance than in his own country.
What did you think about the speech? What do you think were the positive and negative points it tackled?