Clinton on Middle East

March 11, 2004

Via Matthew Yglasias I find this speech (pdf - new window) given by Bill Clinton in Qatar on Jan 12, 2004, about the United States and Islam.

The defining feature of the modern world is not terror, nor is it trade nor technology, although terror, trade, and technology are manifestations of the defining feature of the modern world, which is its interdependence--a word I far prefer to "globalization," the more common word, because for most people globalization has a largely economic meaning. "Interdependence" is a broader word. It simply means we cannot escape each other. And our relationships go far beyond economics.
Terrorism, indeed all political extremism in all countries, never accepts any responsibility for any problem. They always blame the others. It's always their fault. Blaming outsiders, as all of us who have been in office knows, can be very good politics in the short run. It's always nice to convince your people that you can demonize someone else. The problem is in the long run. Blaming outsiders is a path to powerlessness. By contrast, assuming responsibility to build a different future is empowering.
Clinton is a clever man, and I very much like this speech. Posted by Red Ted at March 11, 2004 12:45 PM | TrackBack

I think Bill Clinton is a very clever politician, and if he said the sun rises in the east, I'd want pictures.

Posted by: DFH at March 11, 2004 10:29 AM
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