Obama: It’s okay for Muslims to blame Colonialism, but Africans need to stop their kvetching
Posted by danishova on July 12, 2009
Different strokes for different folks I guess. Or perhaps Obama is impressed with Emerson’s assertion that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Obama in Cairo:
We meet at a time of great tension between the United States and Muslims around the world — tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.
Obama in Ghana:
"Part of what’s hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we’ve made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neocolonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism," Obama said. "I’m not a believer in excuses."
Except when he’s blaming everything on what he “inherited from Bush”, and on a world tour apologizing for everything America has done wrong since our founding, but other than that, yeah, he’s Mr. No Excuses.