President Barak Obama has delivered his highly anticipated speech at the historic venue of Al-Ahzar in Cairo.
I have been past this place of Islamic and progressive learning amidst Egypt's capital city…
At the time of posting this the media is beginning to fill with opinion, analysis, praise and out-cry. It is obvious that the President went to large efforts to have something positive in it for everybody it seems… he really did address a multitude of issues – more than people had expected – and in clarity – something that has many folks here a bit worried.
Yesterday, Mr. Obama was branded an “anti-Semite and Jew hater” by a religious group protesting directly across the street. I went to the gathering to see what I could collect from the event – which could be summed up in their slogan “No You Can't” – referring to the Presidents firm believe that settlement activity must cease.
When I logged on this morning his picture had been adapted as to him wearing the Kaffiya – the checkered headdress often associated with the Palestinian cause.
But one can not walk away from his speech without noticing his effort and his insistence that there be a turning of the page (that will take time) between the West (America in particular) and Islam.
So as Bin-Laden and others weigh in with their responses, I hope the ordinary people of this region – the one's the President was trying to speak directly to with his initiative and identity (having had a Muslim father) that people will see the commonality of all our humanity and begin this much needed process of dialogue with progress.
Lest we forget, pray.
Pray for our world leaders, the peace of Jerusalem, and that man would not put his trust in another man – but come to their Creator God who loves them and sent His Son into this world to be a sacrifice of Love… in order that we may be at peace with God.
Middle East Correspondent