Brazil’s Democracy Is an Example for the Arab World: Obama
By Dialogo March 22, 2011
Brazil’s consolidation as a powerful democracy is an example that other nations can follow, U.S. President Barack Obama said on 20 March, while young people in the Middle East and North Africa are rebelling in search of greater freedoms.
“For our two nations, for the United States and Brazil, two nations who have struggled over many generations to perfect our own democracies, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab world will be determined by its people,” said Obama, who received a standing ovation from around two thousand people in a historic theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Obama has ordered U.S. forces to carry out the largest military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, authorizing attacks on Libya on Saturday, while he was meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia.
“We’ve seen the people of Libya take a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens. Across the region, we’ve seen young people rise up,” the U.S. president said in a speech that was broadcast live on television in Brazil.
“When men and women peacefully claim their human rights, our own common humanity is enhanced (…) That is the example of Brazil,” he said, to strong applause.
Obama also used the speech to emphasize that the United States is seeking a relationship of equals with Brazil, touching on an issue that officials from the South American giant had been looking to him to address.