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Citizens of the World

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Citizens of the World
by Robert C. Koehler
What a surprising burst of hope I felt, looking at the photo in the newspaper the next day: Barack Obama stands before 200,000 Berliners and addresses them as a “fellow citizen of the world.”

It may be premature, but I’m announcing it anyway: We’ve repealed the Bush Doctrine. There’s no turning back.

Hope has the staying power of fireworks, of course. Oooh, ahhh, and it’s over. But, “This mesh of private vision and historical change is mysterious,” writes Deepak Chopra. Obama is a politician with mostly short-term calculations to make, including how to align himself with the economic interests of oil and war and project enough reckless militarism to claim a share of the fear vote.

But the surge of history his campaign summons contradicts all that. At last America and the world — and in some ways the election may mean more to those beyond our borders than to those complacently, smugly, fearfully within them — have a candidate who is awake, not dead, to the vision and passionate global desire for . . . peace. And by this term I do not mean the false, hellish “peace” wrested violently, and temporarily, by one part of the world from another.

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