People don't expect government to solve all their problems. And so they need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them - that they are not just destined to travel down that long road toward nothingness. They are moral problems, rooted in both societal indifference and individual callousness - in the imperfections of man. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security. The Holy Koran tells us, "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another."
And we cannot ignore the very real concerns of Americans who are not worried about illegal immigration because they are racist or xenophobic, but because they fear it will result in lower wages when they're already struggling to raise their families. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld - whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt.
Our trials and triumphs became at once unique and universal, black and more than black; in chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a means to reclaim memories that we didn't need to feel shame about...memories that all people might study and cherish - and with which we could start to rebuild." The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter our principles. On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America, while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities.
More work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Ill., who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. So let's rededicate ourselves to a new kind of politics - a politics of conscience. In my first book, Dreams From My Father, I described the experience of my first service at Trinity: And we will keep our promise to every young American - if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education. When John McCain said we could just "muddle through" in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. They could've heard words of anger and discord.
I learned that my sins could be redeemed. And you know what - it's worked before. But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true. Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.