Lasting peace doesn’t require perpetual war: Obama
WASHINGTON (PAN): Without directly mentioning Afghanistan or the Taliban, US President Barack Obama on Monday suggested peace talks were his priority to responsibly end the war in the Central Asian country by the end of 2014.
“We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war,” Obama said in his inaugural address to the nation from the Capitol Hill, in the presence of hundreds and thousands of people.
The president added the US men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, were unmatched in skill and courage. And the citizens, haunted by the memory of those lost, knew too well the price that was paid for liberty.
“The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well,” he remarked.
While supporting democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, the president said his interests and conscience compelled him to act on behalf of those who longed for freedom.
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