Obama: When Empire + Militarism Equals Peace? by Sean Fenley

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by Sean Fenley
Dandelion Salad
The Anything and Everything
Jan. 3, 2010

Reading through the transcript of Obama’s speech in Oslo, it is startling to read how Obama attempted to make his hawkish beliefs and theories congeal with such respected pillars of non-violence as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. He seemed to be suggesting that the ‘Obamian’ view of international affairs was far superior to what these bulwarks of non-violence would seek to achieve, if only they were seeing things in the manner that this political ‘luminary’ and ‘rock star’ views them. And in an attempt to elucidate his bizarre and extremist point of view, Obama caricatured proponents of non-violence as “not facing the world as it is” and “standing idle in the face of threats.” Ultimately, Obama’s comments leave us with a similar conclusion as to what was told to the citizens of Oceania, in Orwell’s incomparable work of political science fiction 1984; tragically Obama seemed to be attempting to argue that war is peace.

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