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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miliband: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must engage with West

Referring to President Obama’s long-awaited speech to the Muslim world next month, he said that it should repudiate the idea that there is an inherent clash between the West and the Islamic worlds.

1 comment:

Onager said...

More recommendations, this time from The New Republic:

"So what could President Obama do during his sojourn in Egypt to signal American concerns in new and more effective ways, and what should we be looking for? Here are a few benchmarks.

-Consistent with the overall case he presents, will the president discuss democracy and human rights during his formal address to the Muslim world?

-Will he also bring up these concerns during private meetings with President Mubarak, and if he does, will his entourage take steps to publicize this fact?

-Will he meet with well-known dissidents, opposition leaders such as Ayman Nour, and representatives of beleaguered independent groups?

-Will he insist on the right of the United States to fund whatever Egyptian groups it chooses, whether or not the Egyptian government has officially recognized and certified them?

If President Obama does these things, his administration can credibly claim to have put in place a democracy and human rights strategy that may well prove more effective than his predecessor's blunt confrontation with the status quo. If he does not, it will be much harder for him to maintain that his new policy changes only means, and not our goals as well."