A Plea for Moral Courage
Professor Loconte Responds to President Obama's Cairo Speech One Year Later
NEW YORK, June 18, 2010—Joe Loconte, Lecturer in Politics at The King’s College, recently published an article in the June 20 edition of the London-based magazine Standpoint. The magazine is a monthly cultural and political review designed to celebrate Western civilization’s achievements.
Professor Loconte’s article looks at President Obama’s speech in Cairo, which promised “a new era of wisdom and understanding in confronting the ‘tensions’ between the US and Muslims around the world.” Yet, following an analysis of the president’s actions since then, Professor Loconte concludes that:
“In his Cairo speech, Obama assured his global audience that they could remake the world, ‘if we have the courage to make a new beginning.’ What he offers, however, is well-worn territory: the dissolute daydream of the utopian. It is a vision of a world that does not require moral courage. It represents, rather, a moral evasion that refuses to face the world as we find it. ‘For it is one thing to see the Land of Peace from a wooded ridge,’ wrote St Augustine, ‘and another to tread the road that leads to it.’’’
To read the entire article, please click here: http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/3074.
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