Obama's Speech Analysis

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In President Obama’s 2015 speech to the United Nations, he speaks of the various issues plaguing humankind, and proposes solutions for addressing them. In his speech, Obama speaks regarding the necessity of forging international cooperation and reaching a high standard of human rights, in an effort to create a just and habitable world. He also forms a call to action against those who choose to trample such rights, and engage in violence and intimidation in lieu of diplomacy. Throughout Obama’s speech, he expresses various attributes of Liberalism and Islamic theory, through his respect for the individual, desire for cooperation, call for unity, denunciation of violence, and multiple other attributes. In his speech, Obama references the cooperative …show more content…
Obama states that the UN cannot allow Russia to violate Ukrainian sovereignty without consequence. The concept of external sovereignty is particularly similar to the concept of inherent rights. In Liberalism, each individual is considered equal to another, with an equal set of unalienable rights. External sovereignty mirrors that concept, but in terms of nation-states. Under external sovereignty, each nation is considered equal to one another, and that right cannot be violated, as has Ukraine’s sovereignty been violated through Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “The external sovereignty of states is fiercely defended as the right of peoples to define their own identity and to shape their own future free form external influence” (Slomp 41). Obama’s views are reflective of Slomp’s views that sovereignty and culture play a part in constructing a peoples’ future, and he references that sentiment when attesting that the Syrian people must erect their own version of peace. Because a state’s sovereignty helps promote its citizens’ ability to express their rights, by defending sovereignty, Obama is defending the liberal-based concept of individual rights. Obama actually goes on to broadly defend the concept of natural rights. “But some universal truths are self-evident…They are fundamental to …show more content…
At one point, Obama advocates for the natural and educational rights of women. In Islamic ideology, women are to have equal rights to the men around them, as well as equal access to education. Education in Islam is not a privilege, nor a right. It is a duty that one has to him/herself and god. Obama proposes that a society is incomplete without educated women in various careers, and Islamic theory supports that same concept. In addition, Obama clearly expresses his objective to “eradicate poverty.” One of the five pillars of Islam, Zakat, encourages followers of Islamic theory to seek that same goal, a world free from poverty. Zakat requires that adherents donate a portion of their income and assets to a worthy cause. These causes include, but are not limited to: the needy, the poor, and the stranded. Islamic theory does not condemn capitalism. If anything, Islamic theory encourages it as a catalyst for economic growth, as does Obama. In the spirit of Islamic theory, Obama too recognizes the need for the UN, and its citizens, to make personal strides to abolish poverty, and help to secure the rights of others. “For helping people who have been pushed to the margins of our world is not mere charity, it is a matter of collective security” (Obama). Islamic ideology maintains the same concept. The

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