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June 30, 2009

オバマに秘策?

増田俊男という人の無料メルマガを取っているのだが、この人はどうも投資家です。Wikiにも解説があった。メルマガは時々しか配信されないんだけど、結構面白い。メルマガといっても、ホームページ更新を知らせてくれるだけなんだけどね。

Wiki 増田俊男
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A2%97%E7%94%B0%E4%BF%8A%E7%94%B7

メルマガ「時事直言」最新の532号はこんな感じ。

増田俊男の世界
ワシントン情報 不況第二波は来るか?、、、、「来ない」!
http://chokugen.com/opinion/backnumber/pdf_h21/20090629_532.pdf

増田氏は前号でアメリカが第二の不況に陥らないようにする秘策をアメリカ政府筋に伝えたと書いていたのだが、実はその政府筋も知らないオバマの秘策があったというのだ。つまりずっと言われていたようなクレジットカードや商業不動産の不良債権によって、サブプライムのようなものが起きるのではないかといわれていたわけだけど、どうも、オバマは綿密な対策を練っており、そうはならないように準備しているという。

そんなわけで景気は底を打ったらしいです。本当かどうかは神のみぞ知る、だけどね。かんべえさんは中期でみるとダメって言ってます。

溜池通信 vol.420
特集:米国経済・短期楽観の終わり
http://tameike.net/pdfs8/tame420.PDF

最近のオバマ政権の動きメモ

▽健康保険制度改革に着手→難航中
ホワイトハウスHP
Your Turn: Join the National Online Discussion on Health Care Reform
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-National-Discussion-on-Health-Care-Reform/

▽温暖化対策法案、下院で可決
ロイター 米下院が可決した温暖化対策法案の要点
http://jp.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idJPJAPAN-38766520090629
AFP 米大統領、温暖化対策法案の関税条項に反対表明
http://www.afpbb.com/article/politics/2616426/4318372

▽米軍 イラク都市部から撤収
朝日 米軍、イラク都市部からの撤収完了 期限まで2日残し
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0629/TKY200906290244.html

▽ホンジュラスで政変
読売 ホンジュラス政変、オバマ大統領が「懸念」
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20090629-OYT1T00862.htm

▽たばこ規制法署名
読売 喫煙癖はチェンジできてない…オバマ大統領が告白
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20090624-OYT1T00793.htm

▽F22廃止も難航中
毎日 米国:下院、「F22増産」可決 オバマ政権との対立激化
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20090626dde007030052000c.html

▽マイケル死去に声明
CNN 私生活は「悲劇的」とオバマ大統領、マイケル・ジャクソン急逝
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/CNN200906270007.html

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June 29, 2009

念じると動くイス

いや、これ、すごいニュースでしょ?

産経 トヨタが脳波で動く車イス開発
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/business/090629/biz0906292137015-n1.htm

人が頭の中で考えるだけで、その脳波を感知して動く電動車イスを開発した

動画
毎日 「脳波で電動車いすを簡単操作」
http://video.mainichi.co.jp/viewvideo.jspx?Movie=48227968/48227968peevee262679.flv

理研 脳波で電動車いすをリアルタイム制御
http://www.riken.go.jp/r-world/info/release/press/2009/090629/index.html

動画ニュースを見たけど、命令できるのは右とか左とか前進くらいらしい。だけど、ちゃんと念じてその方向に行っていたよ。あと、これはトヨタというよりは、理化学研究所が担当したと思われる脳波感知が素晴らしいと思うんだけどさ。

まあ、それもこんな技術があったからなんでしょう。

産経 トヨタの1人乗り電気自動車デビュー 中部空港で
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/business/090627/biz0906271148003-n1.htm

ひょ〜〜〜。こ、これはウォーリーじゃん?

ディズニーの映画「ウォーリー」で、人間が宇宙船に乗って漂っているという設定があるんだけど、宇宙船の人間たちは自分で歩きもせず、こんな一人乗り自動車でうろうろしているわけ。しかも操作もしてないし。つまり脳波で動いているんだろうけどさ。…あ、指で操作してたかも知れないけど…。まあ、それにしてもウォーリーの世界が現実になってきましたよ。ホーキング博士にはいいけどさ。

あ、そうそう。そういえば、こんなブログ記事もありました。

ぐっちーさん
日本だからね、ここは。
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kitanotakeshi55/e/87b878db760e02aa3aab15c6f49cbe33

さて、そのなかで某オール電気自動車(EV、っていうんですね)を販売される自動車会社関係を訪問(ばればれですな)、その走りっぷりはすごい訳でして、よくもこれだけ走るな、と改めて日本の技術力のすごさに感激し、やはり日本の戦車を作ってる連中は違うわな、などというわけのわからん感想まで出るくらいで、要はどうひっくり返ってもその技術力は疑いようもないのですね。

あったりまえです。電気機器といえば日本なんですから!

電気自動車は来ますよ。ハイブリッドはちと複雑すぎるような気がする。技術はシンプルなほうがいい。でも、そうなると今まで複雑な内燃機関の自動車で支えられていた産業の裾野は減ります。よってGDPは下がるかもしんない。でも、いずれにせよ世界がそっち向いているならば、日本もそこに向かうしかないでしょ。どうせタタが作りますよ。だからハイブリッドは長距離を走れる高級車で生き残ればいい。そんな気がしますね。素人考えですが。とはいえかつてはIZA、今はエリーカなんてスーパーカー(?)もあるので、微妙ですけど。

慶応義塾大学電気自動車研究室
http://www.eliica.com/

世の中は電気に向かって進んでいる。それはいろんなSF映画を見ても明らかだと思うけど、夢物語といわれるかも。でも上のような技術が現実に起きてくれば、夢物語でもなくなってくる。つまり、自分で運転しなくても、勝手に運転してくれたり、勝手に車間距離取られたりする交通がありうるわけですな。のろのろ運転も追い越しできなかったりして(苦笑)。行き先も権力に変えられるとか…。まあ、いいかどうかは別ですな。

 

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June 27, 2009

007慰めの報酬

Quantum予約していたDVDがアマゾンから届いた。

前作の続きなんだが、30分くらいしか時間がたってないはずなのに、ジェームズ・ボンドの筋肉がしぼんでる(苦笑)。

面白さからいえば前作「カジノロワイヤル」の圧勝なんだけど、続きということで、超ストイックなボンドになってます。2作続けて見るのがおすすめ。

次回作以降、常に余裕綽々で、女と見たら口説かずにいられない、しかも冷徹なボンドにどうやってなっていくのかが見物かも。




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SMAPのiPhone3GS

1ユーザーとして疑問なんだけど、iPhoneってSMAPで売れるんですかね…。

スポニチ 「SMAP」iPhone新モデルCMに出演
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2009/06/27/12.html

キムタクが「これ、すげっ」って言っている姿が目に浮かんだ。orz....

こっちはiPod Touch。

 
  "Apple iPod touch 32GB" (アップル)

P.S. さっき、3GSを見てきたんだけど、ものすごく速い。グーグルアースも速い。動画の編集も簡単だし、なんといってもオートフォーカスがいい。マクロ撮影もできるよ。う〜ん、欲しくなってしまったが8万円はつらいなあ。だって一眼レフが買えるし、ミニノートも買えるし…。悩む〜。

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マイケル死す

今見てもいいな〜。マイケルかわいいし。

MTVものはスリラー以外埋め込み禁止なのが残念。しかもマイケルのyoutubeチャンネルにいくと、日本で見られないものが多くて…。ソニーですか。そうですか。

マイケルはMTV全盛期を制していたよね。音楽だけじゃなくて、ダンスと映像の作り込みが素晴らしくよかった。私はちょうど高校生で、かなり聞いていました。エアチェックでゲットしたカセット音源だったけど。MTVはそれまで白人のアーティストしか流していなかったらしい。

マイケルはあのころが一番幸せそうだった。だから、そのあとどんどん整形が進んでいって、生活も奇妙になっていったのは残念だった。やっぱりMTV全盛時代のマイケルがカッチョいい。

昨日、フジTVが小倉智昭など「とくダネ」メンバーで追悼番組をやってたんだけど、マイケルが肌を漂白していたなどと言っていて驚愕した。ちょっとしたファンならば、白くなっちゃう病気があるのを知っているはずなんだが…。漂白ができたとしてもあそこまで白くなるのは相当な痛みを伴うだろ〜が。そんなわけで質問している人がいました。

yahoo 知恵袋
マイケルジャクソンの肌が黒から白になったことについて・・
http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1327676833

Wiki
マイケル・ジャクソンの外観
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%9E%E3%82%A4%E3%82%B1%E3%83%AB%E3%83%BB%E3%82%B8%E3%83%A3%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BD%E3%83%B3%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%96%E8%A6%B3

【追記】
教えてgoo
黒人→白人 マイケルジャクソン
http://oshiete1.goo.ne.jp/qa1225998.html
う〜ん、どっちも正解なのかな。病気でかつ治療のため漂白した?でもあそこまで白くなるかねえ…

それにしても今、私のiTunesに入っているのは、BENとかABCとかジャクソン5時代の数曲だけ。ソニーがiTunes Storeで売ってくれないんですが、なんとかなりませんかね。

【追記2】
がんばらない英会話
マイケル、整形の内幕。
http://ganbaranai.jugem.jp/?eid=645

Continue reading "マイケル死す"

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June 24, 2009

オバマがイランを非難

ホワイトハウスHPより
The President's Opening Remarks on Iran, with Persian Translation
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/The-Presidents-Opening-Remarks-on-Iran-with-Persian-Translation/

朝日 「国民への暴力に憤慨」米大統領、イラン政府を強く非難
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0624/TKY200906230472.html

日経 オバマ大統領、イランを非難 「市民への暴行に憤り」
http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/main/20090624AT2M2303Z23062009.html

アフマディネジャドが大統領に居座ることを予想して、オバマはイランの選挙結果に積極的な発言を避けていたが、さすがに流血の事態となり、非難することになったようだ。

イラン問題はまとめよう、まとめようと思いつつ、微妙にわからないところがあって書いてこなかったんだけど、とりあえずオバマウォッチ的にメモしておく。

このときの会見は医療問題についても触れているらしい。今、国内問題の最大の課題は医療問題。いろいろ大変そうだけど、それもまた今度ということで。

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June 23, 2009

金正日、危篤?

共同電らしいのに、調べても見当たらないんだけど、海外ニュース読みの田中氏と、その手の話に強い古沢氏が取り上げているのでとりあえずメモ。

杜父魚文庫ブログ
金正日総書記の病状が重篤な状態か 古沢襄
http://blog.kajika.net/?eid=965810

田中宇氏
金正日の死が近い?
http://tanakanews.com/090623korea.htm

そんなわけで要注意です。って、何に?

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大臣を罷免できる民間の会社

結局これかよ。orz

毎日 郵政人事:西川社長続投で決着 報酬3割返上…総務相了承
http://mainichi.jp/select/biz/news/20090623k0000m020028000c.html

そんなわけで、郵政関連記事メモ。

ジャパンハンドラーズ
郵政民営化がアメリカの謀略である証拠がまた一つ・・・。
http://amesei.exblog.jp/9892475/

二階堂
■ 麻生の大馬鹿三太郎状態
http://www.nikaidou.com/2009/06/post_2937.php

ネットゲリラ
そんなにアホウは小泉が恐いのか
http://shadow-city.blogzine.jp/net/2009/06/post_2bed.html

時事放談

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June 16, 2009

正男、暗殺の危機だった

毎日 北朝鮮:正雲氏派が正男氏暗殺を計画、中国察知で失敗か
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/northkorea/news/20090616k0000m030121000c.html

前のエントリで金正男氏が日本のインタビューを受けた動画をクリッピングしておいたんだが、そのインタビューは先週初め。で同時期に暗殺計画を中国当局が察知。失敗したようだ。あの動画は、生きていること、保護されたことを北朝鮮に示したものだろうか? だから亡命しないと言っていたのか。いつになく目が真剣だったし。

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June 15, 2009

イランと北朝鮮

ぼやぼやしていたらいろいろあったので、メモ的にまとめておく。

<北朝鮮>
日経 安保理、対北朝鮮決議を全会一致で採択 金融制裁や武器禁輸
http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/kaigai/20090613AT3K1201G12062009.html

朝日 安保理制裁決議への北朝鮮外務省声明(要旨)
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0613/TKY200906130202.html
ウラン濃縮を公式表明

朝日・ロイター 北朝鮮がウラン濃縮再開を宣言、軍事行動も警告
http://www.asahi.com/international/reuters/RTR200906140009.html

日経 北朝鮮の核、標的は日本の可能性 自民・細田氏
http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/main/20090614STXKA026514062009.html

というわけで日本が標的らしい。朝鮮戦争だと思っていたら、そうでもないらしいんだけど、核を日本に落としたとして、そうしたら北朝鮮がなくなるだけと思うんだが、それはいいのか??

オフィスマツナガ
北朝鮮は日本にターゲットを絞っている。それは中国の支援で動いている・・
http://officematsunaga.livedoor.biz/archives/50814624.html

米国債とか偽米ドル事件がいくつか起きているが、それはどうも北朝鮮への制裁を前に、資金調達しようという動きらしい。中国は本当に日本がなくなってほしいんだな。

園田義明めも
悪魔くんパワーで北朝鮮は国連脱退か
http://y-sonoda.asablo.jp/blog/2009/06/14/4364935

戦前の日本の道を歩む?

杜父魚文庫ブログ
米CIA、北朝鮮3度目の核実験情報を入手 古沢襄
http://blog.kajika.net/?eid=962923

3度目の核実験って…2度目のはやはり核実験だったんですかね。

政財界倶楽部
キューバ危機を参考に方針転換しだしたアメリカの北朝鮮対策: CIA関係者が頻繁に金正男に接触する理由
http://seizaikai.exblog.jp/10432531/

金正男のインタビューは確かに、少しやせて、いつもより何倍も慎重だった。亡命は否定していたが、亡命するなんて言ったらますます危ないのではないかと思わせるものがあった。まあ、あくまで印象だけど。

<イラン>
毎日 イラン大統領選:現職再選 改革派元首相に圧勝
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/mideast/news/20090613k0000e030039000c.html

毎日 イラン大統領選:現職再選 核開発、強硬姿勢は不変 米の対応注視
http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20090614ddm007030117000c.html

ムサビが負け、現職のアフマディネジャド大統領が当選したんだが、開票に疑問があるらしい。つうか、ムサビの地元でもムサビが負けたんで、そりゃどう考えてもおかしいだろうということでデモそして暴動が起きている。

ロイター イラン大統領選、ムサビ候補支持者数千人が「選挙に不正」とデモ活動
http://jp.reuters.com/article/domesticEquities4/idJPnJS848013120090614

CNN テヘラン市内で騒乱発生 イラン大統領再選受けて
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/CNN200906140001.html

日本ではあっさりした報道なんだけど、アメリカではそうではないらしい。

米流時評
6.13 テヘランの弾圧
http://beiryu2.exblog.jp/d2009-06-13

中東専門家の佐々木氏は、アフマディネジャドは地方バラまきと核開発がイラン国民から支持された結果と分析しているのだが…。

中東TODAY
NO・1307A・ネジャド氏が大統領選挙で圧勝
http://www.tkfd.or.jp/blog/sasaki/2009/06/noa_1.html

しかしアメリカはまだ選挙結果の判断はしないと言っている。

VOA US Withholds Judgment on Iran Election Results
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-14-voa15.cfm

ムサビは選挙結果無効を訴えたらしい。

CNN Moussavi Web site letter wants election results thrown out 
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/14/iran.election/index.html

まあでも、当面はアフマディネジャド再選が覆されることはないだろう。そうなるとオバマもアフマディネジャドと対話するしかないわけだ。こんな理由もあるしね。

園田義明めも
グレート・ゲームで米国出し抜くロシア
http://y-sonoda.asablo.jp/blog/2009/06/15/4366308

やれやれ…。いったいなんでこうなってんのか…。

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鳩ぽっぽ+ゲリラ?

ネットゲリラさんが、怪しいエントリをしているんだけど。

ネットゲリラ
緊急更新
http://shadow-city.blogzine.jp/net/2009/06/post_733b.html

アルカイダの友達の友達の新党旗揚げ後の衆院選にむけ、ゲリラさんに立候補の要請があったと思われる。私としては、平日昼間に更新する余裕があり、金もあるゲリラさんを擁立するのはいいと思うけどな。まあ、お断りになったそうだけど。

というわけで、政局はいよいよ動きだしそうです。

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June 14, 2009

本物の「The West Wing (ホワイトハウス)」その3

本物の「The West Wing (ホワイトハウス)」その2の続き。これで終わりです。トップページで見ている方は、その1(ビデオは上から)→その2(同)→その3(同)の順で見てくださいね。

NBCのサイトでも見られます。
Inside the Obama White House
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892505/#31073805

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本物の「The West Wing (ホワイトハウス)」その2

本物の「The West Wing (ホワイトハウス)」その1の続き。

NBCのサイトでも見られます。
Inside the Obama White House
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892505/#31073805

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本物の「The West Wing (ホワイトハウス)」その1

idiot at the tableさんのところで紹介されていたNBCのホワイトハウス密着ドキュメンタリー。おお、まるで、これはドラマ「ホワイトハウス」じゃないですか! ドラマでは「報道官CJクレッグの1日」といって、密着ドキュメンタリーの取材を受ける巻もあったし。しかもあのドラマはNBCだった。

idiot at the table
Inside the Obama White House
http://d.hatena.ne.jp/cuyahoga/20090604/p1

それにしてもNBCキャスターのブライアンを招き入れるあたり、オバマはカッコいいですねえ。いや、大統領がかっこいい必要はないんだけど。ワシントンのハンバーガー店に立ち寄ったのはこの時だったんですね。テレビ用だったのね(苦笑)。

リンクもつけておきますが、とりあえず、ここでも見られるように、3回に分けて埋め込んでおきます。ドラマファンには受けるところが多いと思います。というか私もこれから見るんですが。

NBCのサイトはこちら。
Inside the Obama White House
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30892505/#31073805

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西川辞任がなければ属国を証明するようなもんだ

一応、鳩山更迭は麻生太郎も相当な苦渋の決断だったらしいんだが、二階堂氏が言うスキャンダルもその決断の大きなところをしめていたのかもしれない。それにしても、本当に小泉とか竹中とか清和会とか新自由主義な財界人とかなんとかしろって。いま、津々と怒りを感じているんだがね。

読売 首相、当初は「西川交代」…竹中・小泉コンビが封じ込め
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/news/20090613-OYT1T00127.htm

読売 強気の西川社長、後ろ盾は「小泉人脈」有力財界人
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/atmoney/news/20090613-OYT1T00074.htm

産経 「一時は首相も社長交代支持」鳩山前総務相 
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/situation/090613/stt0906131904012-n1.htm

産経 【鳩山更迭】郵政民営化に曲折も、西川氏の責任再浮上も
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/policy/090612/plc0906122145021-n1.htm

これで西川が辞めなかったら、アメリカ国営ファンドと言っても過言ではないゴールドマンサックスと、それを操る人々に日本は支配されていることの証明になるといえそうなんだけど。株式日記さんが引用しているブログなんか読むとそう思う。まあ、日本保有の米国債も売れないことだし、ゆうちょの運用をゴールドマンサックスに任せたあたりからそうだとは思っていたけれど、それにしても大臣が辞めて、大臣に認可されるはずの社長が辞めないなんて、どうかしているぞ。

株式日記
「ゆうちょ銀行」と「かんぽ生命」の株式をそれぞれ半分以上、ゴールドマン・サックスが経営支配
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/2005tora/e/65f7673bd9c81bfd13433afbf944ff17

そうはいっても続投らしい。ずいぶん堂々と筋を通さなくていい国になったもんだと思う。かんぽの宿もスルーですか。

朝日 佐藤総務相、日本郵政・西川社長の続投容認を示唆
http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/0613/TKY200906130253.html
だめだこりゃ…。

そろそろ清和会と自民党を分離したほうがいいな。民主党も社会党系を分離したほうがいいと思うけど。そんでもってガラガラポンしたほうが、政治が良くなりそうなんだけど。

オフィス・マツナガ
鳩山新党 「わかってください」 鳩山五人衆
http://officematsunaga.livedoor.biz/archives/50814367.html
ボスは厳しいですね〜。愛のむち?

それにしても、ここまで新聞なんかにいろいろと小泉・竹中暗躍が書かれるということは、やはり竹中をはじめとする新自由主義者が目に余るということなんだと思うんだが、どうしてテレビは竹中を使うのかね??

関係ないけど、ソロス発言をメモ。
ロイター CDSは「破滅の道具」、取引の全面禁止を=ソロス氏
http://jp.reuters.com/article/mostViewedNews/idJPJAPAN-38535620090612

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June 13, 2009

麻生太郎の大失策

"地球に恩返しする本。〈vol.2〉鳩山邦夫のエコ・トーク" (鳩山 邦夫, 地球船クラブ)

政治にはド素人だけどあえて言うよ。鳩ぽっぽ更迭は麻生太郎の大失策なんじゃね?

西川を切るべきでしょ。自分の進退なんて放っておいてさ。こんなことで総理大臣にすべく応援してくれた人を切るなんてね。なんだかガッカリした。

オフィスマツナガのボスは根回しもしてないし「未熟」という。そうかもしれないけど、でも納得いかないよなあ。西川続投は。

オフィスマツナガ
鳩山邦夫総務相 「未熟な政治判断」
http://officematsunaga.livedoor.biz/archives/50814204.html

今後の動きはnikaido氏に注目か。

二階堂ドットコム
http://www.nikaidou.com/

とにかく清和会が許せん。

ジャパンハンドラーズ
鳩山邦夫は、みごとに筋を通した。
http://amesei.exblog.jp/9852282/

株式日記
西川善文はパンドラの箱の蓋である。郵政改革に伴い,巨大な不正問題,
背任事件,ひょっとしたら横領,汚職事件,までもが起こっている。
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/2005tora/e/8175c440e6d76bc48a4c65160bb3627a

いいよ、パンドラの箱なんかいくつでも開けてしまえ。

大日本セキュリティ総合研究所
結局、アメリカが怖かったんだろうな。
http://secusou.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/1450/

切込隊長
鳩山邦夫氏は西南戦争でもおっぱじめようってのかな
http://kirik.tea-nifty.com/diary/2009/06/post-8bde.html

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June 11, 2009

007アイス

daniel_ice.jpg

ダニエル・クレイグファンブログのalexさんが紹介されていたアイスなんだけど、う〜〜〜〜ん、妙にリアルでセクシー(笑)。アイスについている汗は水滴だよね…多分。

ダニエル・クレイグ:海外版DVD&ニュース - 碧い瞳に魅入られて -
  [ニュース]ダニエル・クレイグ、棒付アイスキャンディになる
http://danielcraigjpfan.blog87.fc2.com/blog-entry-657.html

 

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June 10, 2009

朝鮮戦争再開???

北朝鮮が150日戦闘を続けている中で、休戦中の朝鮮戦争が再発する可能性があるらしい。

この間の核実験も、出るはずの放射線が観測できなくて、本当に核実験だったのか?という疑問が出ているそうだ。まあでも、長距離弾道ミサイルとか核弾頭積んだミサイルはだめでも、短距離ミサイルなら飛ぶんだろうから、日本を攻撃することもできるだろうけど、ミサイルだけじゃどうにもならないし、戦争となればやはりそこは陸路で、中国じゃなくて韓国へ攻めるってことなんだろうな。

田中宇   
朝鮮戦争再発の可能性
http://tanakanews.com/090609korea.htm

朝鮮戦争を再発できれば、米国にとって東アジアで最重要の国は中国から日本に戻る。日本にとっては「中国ざまみろ」である。在韓・在日米軍の駐留も続く。朝鮮は焼け野原になっても、日本には戦争特需が再来するかもしれない。テポドンが飛んできても当たらないので大したことはない。冷戦党だった自民党は、存在意義を再び国民に認めてもらえる。昨年の福田首相辞任後に起きそうだった自民解党の政界大再編を何とか先延ばししておいてよかったという話になる。

というわけで、麻生太郎も「戦うときは戦う」なんて演説してたしな。そりゃそうだろ(苦笑)と思ったものなんだが、街頭演説で言うなって。

しかし今、戦うなんて余裕はアメリカにあるのかね? 中国にガイトナーがお願いしてたじゃん。と思っていたら、多極主義者には中国を怒らせたほうがいいそうで。

 中国にドルを壊されるのなら、米国は北朝鮮と戦争するはずがないと考えるのが常識論だ。しかし私が見るところ、ブッシュ前政権以来の米国は、中国やロシアやイスラム世界をわざと怒らせて反米で結束させ、世界を多極化しようとしてきた観がある。中国は米国からの挑発に乗らず、米国から嫌がらせを受けても黙って受け流してきた。その分、ブッシュの多極化戦略は効果が出なかった。ところが今、オバマ政権になって、もしかすると北朝鮮と本当に戦争し、今度こそ中国を怒らせる(反米の側に追いやる)ことができるかもしれないという場面になっている。

そんなことになったら面倒なんでぜひやめてほしいです、多極主義者さん。

こちらでも朝鮮戦争シナリオが出た。

地政学を英国で学ぶ
第二次朝鮮戦争のシナリオ
http://geopoli.exblog.jp/11205536/

特殊部隊を非常に警戒しておりますね。基本は「北朝鮮特殊部隊による奇襲南進論」です。上の地図のように三つのルートからということらしいですが

北朝鮮も戦争は時間の問題と言っているんだけど、本当かいな。

産経 「全面戦争は時間の問題」 北朝鮮紙、韓国に警告
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/korea/090606/kor0906062307006-n1.htm

韓国が米国主導の大量破壊兵器拡散防止構想(PSI)への全面参加を決めたことについて「われわれの自主権への挑戦で売国行為」と非難、「PSI参加が武力衝突と全面戦争へとつながるのは時間の問題だ」と警告する論評を掲載した。

なんでそうなる??? これって難癖ってやつでは…。

大前研一氏に冷やしてもらおう。

大前研一コラム「ニュースの視点」
北朝鮮立場で読む、真の狙いとは?
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ohmaelive/e/ff63e5ab836025a6b194dc0830831274

金正日が今考えていることは「自分が死ぬまでトボケ続ける」=「時間稼ぎをする」ということだ。まともに交渉のテーブルにつくつもりは全くないと私は思う。

核実験を繰り返しながら他国を威嚇しているのは単なる時間稼ぎだと見るべきだし、また北朝鮮への支援にしてもやるだけ無駄だと私は思う。

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鳩ぽっぽ頑張れ

郵政関連で読んだブログ一覧。この順番で読むとわかりやすいかも。

▽西川問題で何が起きているのかの詳報
オフィスマツナガ
日本郵政・西川善文社長問題、最後に飛び出すのが、証券取引法違反か!?
http://officematsunaga.livedoor.biz/archives/50813281.html

▽首相がブレブレなのは、ネタを握られているらしいから
nikaido.com
■ 麻生総理、鳩山邦夫総務大臣を罷免してくださいッ!
http://www.nikaidou.com/2009/06/post_2844.php

▽西川・三井住友とGS問題のおさらい
ネットゲリラ
売国奴どもの終焉
http://shadow-city.blogzine.jp/net/2009/06/post_b189.html

▽チーム西川についてなど
株式日記 
西川社長が三井住友銀行から連れてきた連中「チーム西川」は、三井住友銀行に便宜を図っていますね
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/2005tora/e/70412ad6633d4972b6cb0c6777919a0c
売国奴ドモには、何が何でも「西川善文」でなきゃぁならないんだよ!
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/2005tora/e/0b3c20a3ebf39e82b8fecae31dcf28aa

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June 09, 2009

レバノンでヒズボラ敗北

全然詳しくないんだけど、確か、ヒズボラ勝利確実とかいわれていなかったっけ。これは、もしかしたら大きな転換期では?

朝日 レバノン総選挙、テロ犠牲議員の子ら続々当選
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0608/TKY200906080328.html

共同 親欧米派勝利が確定  レバノン、イランに波及も
http://www.47news.jp/CN/200906/CN2009060801000657.html

これもオバマ効果なんだろうか…。

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日本郵政人事大詰め?

FNN 日本郵政・西川社長人事問題 麻生首相、最終的に自らが判断する意向示す
http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00156757.html

読売 「最終的に私が判断」郵政社長人事で麻生首相
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/news/20090608-OYT1T01024.htm

え?え?? 大丈夫かいな。

日テレ 麻生首相と鳩山総務相が極秘協議 社長進退
http://www.ntv.co.jp/news/137227.html

産経 日本郵政人事で森元首相「西川さんにも責任」
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/situation/090608/stt0906082323011-n1.htm
つまり清和会とネゴができたってこと?

朝日 鳩山代表「弟よ、大臣辞め新しい道を」 「共闘」へ突出
http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/0608/TKY200906080320.html
友愛ですか〜

メモ
日経BPネット
田中秀征の一言啓上
世襲政治の究極的末期現象になりかねない麻生・鳩山対決
http://www.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/column/20090604/157813/

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アメリカに「拉致」カードを切る北朝鮮

北朝鮮がアメリカ人の女性記者2人を「拉致」して、労働強化12年の刑に処した。

NYT N. Korea Sentences 2 U.S. Journalists to 12 Years of Hard Labor
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/world/asia/09north.html

NYTによると2人は北朝鮮と中国との国境地帯を取材していたらしいんだが、捕まってしまったと。今回の刑は「敵対的行為」によるもので、懸念されていた「スパイ行為」による刑ではなかったらしい。でも、これはいわゆる「拉致問題」なんじゃないのかね。

ミサイルに核実験に拉致…。もう大変な勢いな150日戦闘で、さすがのオバマも大変である。核実験からは放射能が観測されていないらしいんだが…。

ロイター 北朝鮮の米国人記者有罪判決を「深く懸念」=米大統領
http://jp.reuters.com/article/topNews/idJPJAPAN-38448820090608

そんなわけで、記者の拉致とは直接関係ないとしているが、テロ支援国家指定脅しが始まっている。これじゃ記者も帰れないだろうなあ…。

CNN 北朝鮮を「テロ支援国家」に再指定検討 米国務長官表明
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/CNN200906080012.html

産経 北朝鮮の「テロ支援国家」再指定に期待感 麻生首相
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/policy/090608/plc0906082035010-n1.htm

期待感といわれてもな…。

オバマウォッチとしてはこれをクリップ。

ロイター 景気対策を一部前倒しへ、60万人の雇用守る=オバマ米大統領
http://jp.reuters.com/article/domesticEquities4/idJPnJT839418820090608

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June 08, 2009

いいじゃん、アニメの殿堂

オフィス・マツナガさんのところで読んだアニ妻ぶろぐさんの記事は大変勉強になった。

オフィス・マツナガ
アニ妻ぶろぐさんが、まとめてくれた「国立メディア芸術総合センター」問題
http://officematsunaga.livedoor.biz/archives/50812623.html

アニ妻ぶろぐ
国立メディア芸術総合センターに賛成です!【その1】夫の意見
http://dororon.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/710/
国立メディア芸術総合センターに賛成です!【その2-A】資料まとめ①~日本アニメの力と麻生首相の戦略、そして中韓の野望
http://dororon.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/713/
国立メディア芸術総合センターに賛成です!【その2-B】資料まとめ②~117億円はそんなに高額?~民主党とマスコミによる叩き手法(1)
http://dororon.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/714/
国立メディア芸術総合センターに賛成です!【その2-C】資料まとめ③~民主党とマスコミによる叩き手法(2)
http://dororon.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/716/

この問題、どっちでもいいとは思っていたんだけど(苦笑)、なんであんなにムキになって反対しているのかよくわからなかった。だってアメリカに行ったとき、本当に日本のアニメや漫画が好まれているみたいだったしね。

Jin and Tonic
カードはこっちにある
http://jinandtonic.air-nifty.com/blog/2008/11/post-8c0a.html

そもそも相当前からフランス人は「キャンディキャンディ」がフランスのものだと思っていると伝えられていたし、ジダンは「キャプテン翼」を読んでサッカー選手になったんだし、「ポケモン」が世界的に人気を博したのもつい最近のこと。日本のアニメやマンガは、世界にオタクコミュニティを作るほど人気だというのは本当のことでしょ。

アニ妻さんの旦那さんが言う通り、反対している人って、アニメとかマンガをバカにしているんだろうなと思う。アメリカと日本をしょっちゅう行き来している人に、アメリカのアニメブームについて話したらバカバカしいって一蹴されたしな。まあ、ビジネスしかやってなければ分からないんだろうけどね。頭に来たから、それではいけないと説教しておいたけど、みんなそんなもんだろう。

例えばロックといえばイギリスかアメリカというように、どこの国にも音楽はあるのに、世界的なヒット曲を輩出するのはこの2カ国であることを考えると、アメリカ発祥のアニメにおいて、日本のアニメというのはすごい位置にあるんじゃないかと思うよ。

イギリスはビートルズに勲章をあげるくらいだから、ロックを一つの産業と位置づけているだろうし。まあ、アニメの殿堂を作ることが産業として発展させることになるかどうかはわからないけど、産業として認められることでアニメ業界の労働条件の改善になればいいし、少なくとも観光地として存在することで、世界における日本イメージ向上に役立つのであれば、別にいいんじゃないの? というか、もっと予算つけてやればいいのに。失敗する可能性もあるけどね。

殿堂の予算と生活保護とかとの比較は意味ないと思う。だって生活保護は単なる固定費で、充実させれば固定費が増えるだけだけど、アニメの殿堂は、まあ固定費増額の部分はあるけれど、成功すれば、つまりそれによって日本のアニメ産業やマンガ産業が拡大すれば、その何倍もの税収が入って来るわけだからさ。だから生活保護がどうのとか、タコがタコの足を食べるような批判は意味なし。それこそバカバカしいよ。

 

 
 

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June 07, 2009

オバマとイスラエル

中東訪問後、オバマは欧州へ。ドイツではナチ強制収容所を訪れ、フランスではノルマンディー上陸65周年の式典に参加した。中東でイスラエルには不利となるような発言をしてきたので、バランスを取ったのではないかと、冷泉さんは見ている。

『from 911/USAレポート』第412回
「オバマのカイロ演説は歴史に残るか?」
冷泉彰彦
http://ryumurakami.jmm.co.jp/dynamic/report/title3_1.html

 さて、カイロ演説の翌日、オバマ大統領はドイツに飛んで、ホロコーストの舞台となり5万6千人が犠牲となったというブーヘンワルトの収容所跡を訪れています。同行したのは、ドイツのメルケル首相と、ユダヤ人作家のエリ・ヴィーゼル氏を含む2名のブーヘンワルトからの生還者でした。収容所の大地に作られた慰霊の石碑に、オバマ大統領は茎の長い一輪の白バラの花を手向け「私はここで見たことを一生忘れない」と静かに演説しています。
 カイロで「イスラエルには不愉快な」演説を行った翌日に、ドイツでホロコーストの慰霊を行うというのは、何とも露骨な「バランス」作戦にも見えます。ですが、この訪問については、オバマ大統領は実に緻密な組み立てをしているのです。ノーベル平和賞を受賞しており、著書の『夜』がアメリカの高校では必読図書になっているヴィーゼル氏を伴ったというのもパフォーマンスという以上に、イスラエルへの配慮が感じられます。ヴィーゼル氏は、イスラエルの強硬派を支持してアメリカのユダヤ系文化人としては異端扱いされたこともある人物だからです。

まあでも、これくらいでは今の右傾化したイスラエルではバランスを取ったことにならないんじゃないかと思っていたら、田中宇氏もこう書いている。

田中宇
反イスラエルの本性をあらわすアメリカ(2)
http://tanakanews.com/090605israel.htm

オバマが求めているのは入植地の拡大停止であり、撤去ではない。大した要求ではない。しかしイスラエルの側は、これまでやすやすと米政界を牛耳ってきただけに、オバマに対して「傲慢だ」と憤り、小さなイスラエルが巨大な米国を操作してきた比喩から「象が言うことを聞かなくなった」と評している。実は、傲慢なのは米国ではなくイスラエルの方なのだが、イスラエル政界では露骨な米国敵視発言が蔓延している。戦略大臣のモシェ・ヤアロンは「独裁的で脅迫的な米国の言うことなど聞く必要はない」と言い、右派の入植者たちはエルサレムの米領事館前で集会を開き「オバマはユダヤ差別主義者だ」と叫んだ。
(中略)
IAEAは以前から「イランを何度も査察したが、イランの核開発は平和利用に限定されており、核兵器開発を行っていると考えられる根拠はない」とする報告書を繰り返し発表している。米国がイランに核の平和利用を認めたことは、事実上「イラン核問題」の解決を意味する。
 イランはNPTを批准してIAEAの査察も受けているが、イスラエルはNPTを批准せず、秘密裏に60年代から核兵器を開発し、400発の核弾頭を持っている。オバマは6月4日のカイロ演説で「すべての国に核の平和利用権があるが、各国はまずNPTを批准せねばならない」と述べている。これはイランを許容するだけでなく、暗黙にイスラエルを批判している。米国は従来、イスラエルのNPT非加盟と核保有を暗黙に支持していたが、昨年末の米軍報告書以来、米国はイスラエルを核保有国とみなし、態度を転換し始めている。今後、米イスラエル関係の悪化が続くと、米国は、イランではなくイスラエルの核兵器の方を批判するようになる。

そんなわけで、中東に英米が打ち込んだ楔としてのイスラエルが扱いにくくなってきて、親イスラム的オバマとしては距離を置き始めているわけだけど、田中宇氏によるとあまり信用されていないらしい。

 だが、この演説に対するイスラム諸国からの反応は「美辞麗句ではなく、米国が無茶苦茶にした中東をどうやって良い状態にしていくのか、従来の失策の延長ではない、具体的な方策が全く盛り込まれていない」という悪評である。

そうだろうねえ。それにイランに対してはこんな形の発言をしているんだが、強い姿勢と「前提条件なしに協議する用意がある」ってのは、共和党には理解できないだろうね。

ロイター イランと北朝鮮には「強い姿勢」が必要=オバマ米大統領
http://jp.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idJPJAPAN-38430520090607

今日のサンデープロジェクトでもやっていたが、イラン大統領選ではアフマディネジャドの人気が落ちているらしいので、もう少しのことなのかもしれないんだが。

さて、ここで列挙された北朝鮮なんだけど、麻生首相のこの発言。まあ当然のことだが、街頭演説で言うようなことなんだろうか。もっと別のきちんとした場で発言したらいいのに。

読売 「対北、戦うべき時は覚悟を」…麻生首相が演説
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/news/20090607-OYT1T00588.htm

でも、2chに出没する闇の声さんによると、こうだそうで。

不良債権問題の解決はヤクザの殲滅から103

677 闇の声 [] Date:2009/06/07(日) 10:17:38  ID:uzdH0U8F Be:
(前略)   
  また、先の北朝鮮のミサイル実験で、日本のメディアが迎撃態勢を映像付きで報道してしまったが、これが世界中の笑いものとなり、もはや麻生政権に何か軍事的な相談をしてもこれは全部もれてしまうねと、信用を失墜している麻生が気がつかない間に、内堀も外堀も埋められつつある・・・

北朝鮮に勇ましいことを言ってもこうなってしまうのか。基本的にメディアのせいかもしれないけど、このあたり、政府もメディアも平和ぼけっていうか…。ちまたでは「メディアには売国勢力に乗っ取られたところも」などといわれているのでわざとかもしれないけどね。

それに麻生政権には西川問題もあるしな。西川続投を認めちゃだめでしょ〜。そもそもバブル時代から評判の悪かった西川氏がどうして日本郵政社長になっているのかさっぱりわからなかったし。それにしても竹中も郵政に米国式の経営体制を導入して、新自由主義派で固めたのに、総務大臣の認可を残しておくとは、脇が甘い…。

麻生首相も補正予算が通らない可能性があるから、小泉一派にも配慮しなきゃいけないんだろうけど、ここは一つ、郵政を焦点にして、西川続投を蹴って補正予算が通らないなら、それを理由に、小泉一派も野党も、不況に苦しむ国民の敵にしたてて解散すりゃいいじゃん。そうすれば、必然的に国会議員も新自由主義と保守主義に別れる結果になるだろうから、郵政民営化だけが焦点だった郵政選挙より100倍くらいマシな選挙になりそうだ。

朝日 ダライ・ラマにパリ市名誉市民の称号 中国は反発
http://www.asahi.com/international/update/0607/TKY200906070209.html
パリ市、やるねえ。

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June 05, 2009

正男亡命?

うん?

産経 金正男氏 マカオで亡命の公算 側近らが相次ぎ粛清 金正雲の後継体制作り急ピッチ
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/korea/090605/kor0906050737001-n1.htm

妙にフランクな男だとは思っていたんだが、正男…亡命かよ。本当に跡継ぎは正雲なんだね…。150日戦闘って何と戦うんだかしらんがご苦労なことで。

産経 金正日後継者説 三男・正雲氏の性格は父親似で豪快 体形も似る 
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/korea/090605/kor0906050737001-n1.htm

産経 北朝鮮、三男への継承急ぐ 米政府高官も言及
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/090603/amr0906030813003-n1.htm


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オバマのGM,オバマのイスラム

GMについてはよくわからないので、とりあえずメモだけ。

ダイヤモンドオンライン
GM救済問題で明らかになるオバマ次期大統領の経済手腕
http://diamond.jp/series/analysis/10051/
米ゼネラル・モーターズ ボブ・ラッツ副会長
「GM国有化に懸念なし!日本の“経産省”が米国にも必要」
http://diamond.jp/series/newsmaker/10014/

朝日 「新生GMの始まり」オバマ大統領、国民に理解求める
http://www.asahi.com/car/news/TKY200906020119.html

ロイター 
〔焦点〕オバマ政権、GMの経営不関与方針貫くのは困難か
http://jp.reuters.com/article/marketEyeNews/idJPnTK839015420090602
〔焦点〕米GMの救済、オバマ大統領を後押しする可能性
http://jp.reuters.com/article/domesticEquities2/idJPnTK838627220090529

さっき演説もアップしておいたのだが、中東訪問をしていたオバマはカイロで世界のイスラム諸国に向けて演説した。原稿を自ら手直ししたそうだ。コーランの引用もあって、おおむね好評だったようだ。そうは言ってもABCニュースでは、沈黙の部分もあったと言っていたけど。

共同 オバマ氏「新たな始まり」を訴え  イスラム社会向けに演説
http://www.47news.jp/CN/200906/CN2009060401000758.html

読売社説 オバマ中東外交 和平への突破口となるか
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/editorial/news/20090521-OYT1T01126.htm

中東訪問と同時につくったビデオ。イスラム系アメリカ人の話。9.11以降の苦難を思って、ちょっと涙ぐんでしまった。


関係ないけどメモ

サイエンスポータル
レポート「オバマ米政権の科学技術政策」
http://scienceportal.jp/reports/obama/

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オバマ演説 イスラムとの「新たな始まり」

The President’s Speech in Cairo: A New Beginning
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/NewBeginning/

原文 ホワイトハウスホームページより
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Cairo-University-6-04-09/

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW BEGINNING

June 4, 2009

Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon.  I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions.  For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement.  And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress.  I'm grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt.  And I'm also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country:  Assalaamu alaykum. (Applause.)

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.

Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims.  The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights.  All this has bred more fear and more mistrust.

So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, those who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity.  And this cycle of suspicion and discord must end.

I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.  Instead, they overlap, and share common principles -- principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight.  I know there's been a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point.  But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors.  There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground.  As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth."  (Applause.)  That is what I will try to do today -- to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.

Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I'm a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims.  As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk.  As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.

As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam.  It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment.  It was innovation in Muslim communities -- (applause) -- it was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed.  Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation.  And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.  (Applause.)

I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story.  The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.  In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims."  And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.  They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they've excelled in our sports arenas, they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch.  And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers -- Thomas Jefferson -- kept in his personal library.  (Applause.)

So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.  That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't.  And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. (Applause.)

But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America.  (Applause.)  Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire.  The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known.  We were born out of revolution against an empire.  We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words -- within our borders, and around the world.  We are shaped by every culture, drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept:  E pluribus unum -- "Out of many, one." 

Now, much has been made of the fact that an African American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President.  (Applause.)  But my personal story is not so unique.  The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores -- and that includes nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country today who, by the way, enjoy incomes and educational levels that are higher than the American average.  (Applause.)

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one's religion.  That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders.  That's why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.  (Applause.)

So let there be no doubt:  Islam is a part of America.  And I believe that America holds within her the truth that regardless of race, religion, or station in life, all of us share common aspirations -- to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God.  These things we share.  This is the hope of all humanity.

Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task.  Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people.  These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.

For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere.  When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk.  When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations.  When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean.  When innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience.  (Applause.)  That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century.  That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

And this is a difficult responsibility to embrace.  For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes -- and, yes, religions -- subjugating one another in pursuit of their own interests.  Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating.  Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail.  So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.  Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; our progress must be shared.  (Applause.)

Now, that does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite:  We must face these tensions squarely.  And so in that spirit, let me speak as clearly and as plainly as I can about some specific issues that I believe we must finally confront together.

The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms.

In Ankara, I made clear that America is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam.  (Applause.)  We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists who pose a grave threat to our security -- because we reject the same thing that people of all faiths reject:  the killing of innocent men, women, and children.  And it is my first duty as President to protect the American people.

The situation in Afghanistan demonstrates America's goals, and our need to work together.  Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support.  We did not go by choice; we went because of necessity. I'm aware that there's still some who would question or even justify the events of 9/11.  But let us be clear:  Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day.  The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody.  And yet al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale.  They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach.  These are not opinions to be debated; these are facts to be dealt with.

Now, make no mistake:  We do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan.  We see no military -- we seek no military bases there.  It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women.  It is costly and politically difficult to continue this conflict.  We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can.  But that is not yet the case.

And that's why we're partnering with a coalition of 46 countries.  And despite the costs involved, America's commitment will not weaken.  Indeed, none of us should tolerate these extremists.  They have killed in many countries.  They have killed people of different faiths -- but more than any other, they have killed Muslims.  Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.  The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as -- it is as if he has killed all mankind.  (Applause.)  And the Holy Koran also says whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.  (Applause.)  The enduring faith of over a billion people is so much bigger than the narrow hatred of a few. Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism -- it is an important part of promoting peace.

Now, we also know that military power alone is not going to solve the problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  That's why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who've been displaced.  That's why we are providing more than $2.8 billion to help Afghans develop their economy and deliver services that people depend on.

Let me also address the issue of Iraq.  Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world.  Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible.  (Applause.)  Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said:  "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be."

Today, America has a dual responsibility:  to help Iraq forge a better future -- and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.  And I have made it clear to the Iraqi people -- (applause) -- I have made it clear to the Iraqi people that we pursue no bases, and no claim on their territory or resources.  Iraq's sovereignty is its own. And that's why I ordered the removal of our combat brigades by next August.  That is why we will honor our agreement with Iraq's democratically elected government to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by July, and to remove all of our troops from Iraq by 2012.  (Applause.)  We will help Iraq train its security forces and develop its economy.  But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron.

And finally, just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles.  Nine-eleven was an enormous trauma to our country.  The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.  We are taking concrete actions to change course.  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.  (Applause.)

So America will defend itself, respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law.  And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened.  The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer.

The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world.

America's strong bonds with Israel are well known.  This bond is unbreakable.  It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust.  Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich.  Six million Jews were killed -- more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today.  Denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant, and it is hateful.  Threatening Israel with destruction -- or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews -- is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people -- Muslims and Christians -- have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.  For more than 60 years they've endured the pain of dislocation.  Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.  They endure the daily humiliations -- large and small -- that come with occupation.  So let there be no doubt:  The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable.  And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.  (Applause.)

For decades then, there has been a stalemate:  two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive.  It's easy to point fingers -- for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought about by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond.  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.  (Applause.)

That is in Israel's interest, Palestine's interest, America's interest, and the world's interest.  And that is why I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience and dedication that the task requires.  (Applause.)  The obligations -- the obligations that the parties have agreed to under the road map are clear.  For peace to come, it is time for them -- and all of us -- to live up to our responsibilities.

Palestinians must abandon violence.  Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and it does not succeed.  For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation.  But it was not violence that won full and equal rights.  It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding.  This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia.  It's a story with a simple truth:  that violence is a dead end.  It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus.  That's not how moral authority is claimed; that's how it is surrendered.

Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build.  The Palestinian Authority must develop its capacity to govern, with institutions that serve the needs of its people. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have to recognize they have responsibilities.  To play a role in fulfilling Palestinian aspirations, to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas must put an end to violence, recognize past agreements, recognize Israel's right to exist.

At the same time, Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine's.  The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.  (Applause.)  This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace.  It is time for these settlements to stop.  (Applause.)

And Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live and work and develop their society.  Just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security; neither does the continuing lack of opportunity in the West Bank. Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be a critical part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress.

And finally, the Arab states must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities.  The Arab-Israeli conflict should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems.  Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state, to recognize Israel's legitimacy, and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past.

America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and we will say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.  (Applause.)  We cannot impose peace.  But privately, many Muslims recognize that Israel will not go away.  Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state.  It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true.

Too many tears have been shed.  Too much blood has been shed.  All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra -- (applause) -- as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.  (Applause.)

The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons.

This issue has been a source of tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.  For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is in fact a tumultuous history between us.  In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government.  Since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians.  This history is well known.  Rather than remain trapped in the past, I've made it clear to Iran's leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward.  The question now is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build.

I recognize it will be hard to overcome decades of mistrust, but we will proceed with courage, rectitude, and resolve.  There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect.  But it is clear to all concerned that when it comes to nuclear weapons, we have reached a decisive point.  This is not simply about America's interests.  It's about preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that could lead this region and the world down a hugely dangerous path.

I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not.  No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons.  And that's why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.  (Applause.)  And any nation -- including Iran -- should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  That commitment is at the core of the treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. And I'm hopeful that all countries in the region can share in this goal.

The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.  (Applause.)

I know -- I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq.  So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation by any other.

That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people.  Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people.  America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.  But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things:  the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose.  These are not just American ideas; they are human rights.  And that is why we will support them everywhere.  (Applause.)

Now, there is no straight line to realize this promise.  But this much is clear:  Governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure.  Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.  America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them.  And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments -- provided they govern with respect for all their people.

This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they're out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others.  (Applause.)  So no matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would hold power:  You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party.  Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Barack Obama, we love you!

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom.

Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.  We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.  I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country.  That is the spirit we need today.  People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind and the heart and the soul.  This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it's being challenged in many different ways.

Among some Muslims, there's a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of somebody else's faith.  The richness of religious diversity must be upheld -- whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt.  (Applause.)  And if we are being honest, fault lines must be closed among Muslims, as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.

Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together.  We must always examine the ways in which we protect it.  For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation.  That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit -- for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.  We can't disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.

In fact, faith should bring us together.  And that's why we're forging service projects in America to bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews.  That's why we welcome efforts like Saudi Arabian King Abdullah's interfaith dialogue and Turkey's leadership in the Alliance of Civilizations.  Around the world, we can turn dialogue into interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action -- whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster.

The sixth issue -- the sixth issue that I want to address is women's rights.  (Applause.)  I know –- I know -- and you can tell from this audience, that there is a healthy debate about this issue.  I reject the view of some in the West that a woman who chooses to cover her hair is somehow less equal, but I do believe that a woman who is denied an education is denied equality.  (Applause.)  And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well educated are far more likely to be prosperous.

Now, let me be clear:  Issues of women's equality are by no means simply an issue for Islam.  In Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, we've seen Muslim-majority countries elect a woman to lead.  Meanwhile, the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life, and in countries around the world.

I am convinced that our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons.  (Applause.)  Our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity -- men and women -- to reach their full potential.  I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice.  And that is why the United States will partner with any Muslim-majority country to support expanded literacy for girls, and to help young women pursue employment through micro-financing that helps people live their dreams.  (Applause.)

Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity.

I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory.  The Internet and television can bring knowledge and information, but also offensive sexuality and mindless violence into the home.  Trade can bring new wealth and opportunities, but also huge disruptions and change in communities.  In all nations -- including America -- this change can bring fear.  Fear that because of modernity we lose control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities -- those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.

But I also know that human progress cannot be denied.  There need not be contradictions between development and tradition. Countries like Japan and South Korea grew their economies enormously while maintaining distinct cultures.  The same is true for the astonishing progress within Muslim-majority countries from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai.  In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.

And this is important because no development strategy can be based only upon what comes out of the ground, nor can it be sustained while young people are out of work.  Many Gulf states have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development.  But all of us must recognize that education and innovation will be the currency of the 21st century -- (applause) -- and in too many Muslim communities, there remains underinvestment in these areas.  I'm emphasizing such investment within my own country.  And while America in the past has focused on oil and gas when it comes to this part of the world, we now seek a broader engagement.

On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America.  (Applause.)  At the same time, we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities.  And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in online learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.

On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries.  And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create more jobs.  We'll open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new science envoys to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean water, grow new crops.  Today I'm announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio.  And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.

All these things must be done in partnership.  Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.

The issues that I have described will not be easy to address.  But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world that we seek -- a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God's children are respected.  Those are mutual interests.  That is the world we seek.  But we can only achieve it together.

I know there are many -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- who question whether we can forge this new beginning.  Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress.  Some suggest that it isn't worth the effort -- that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur.  There's so much fear, so much mistrust that has built up over the years.  But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward.  And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country -- you, more than anyone, have the ability to reimagine the world, to remake this world.

All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort -- a sustained effort -- to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

It's easier to start wars than to end them.  It's easier to blame others than to look inward.  It's easier to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share.  But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path.  There's one rule that lies at the heart of every religion -- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  (Applause.)  This truth transcends nations and peoples -- a belief that isn't new; that isn't black or white or brown; that isn't Christian or Muslim or Jew.  It's a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the hearts of billions around the world.  It's a faith in other people, and it's what brought me here today.

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

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."

The Talmud tells us:  "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace."

The Holy Bible tells us:  "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."  (Applause.)

The people of the world can live together in peace.  We know that is God's vision.  Now that must be our work here on Earth.

Thank you.  And may God's peace be upon you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

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“The End of an Old GM, and the Beginning of a New GM”

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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON GENERAL MOTORS RESTRUCTURING

June 1, 2009

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Just over two months ago, I spoke with you in this same spot about the challenges facing our auto industry, and I laid out what needed to be done to save two of America's most storied automakers -- General Motors and Chrysler.  These companies were facing a crisis decades in the making, and having relied on loans from the previous administration, were asking for more.

From the beginning, I made it clear that I would not put any more tax dollars on the line if it meant perpetuating the bad business decisions that had led these companies to seek help in the first place.  I refused to let these companies become permanent wards of the state, kept afloat on an endless supply of taxpayer money.  In other words, I refused to kick the can down the road.

But I also recognized the importance of a viable auto industry to the well-being of families and communities across our industrial Midwest and across the United States.  In the midst of a deep recession and financial crisis, the collapse of these companies would have been devastating for countless Americans, and done enormous damage to our economy -- beyond the auto industry.  It was also clear that if GM and Chrysler remade and retooled themselves for the 21st century, it would be good for American workers, good for American manufacturing, and good for America's economy.

I decided, then, that if GM and Chrysler and their stakeholders were willing to sacrifice for their companies' survival and success; if they were willing to take the difficult, but necessary steps to restructure, and make themselves stronger, leaner, and more competitive, then the United States government would stand behind them.

The original restructuring plans submitted by GM and Chrysler earlier this year did not call for the sweeping changes these companies needed to survive -- and I couldn't in good conscience proceed on that basis.  So we gave them a chance to develop a stronger plan that would put them on a path toward long-term viability.  The 60 days GM had to submit its revised plans have now elapsed, and I want to say a few words about where we are and what steps will be taken going forward.  But before I do, I want to give you an update on where things stand with Chrysler.

When my administration took office and began going over Chrysler's books, the future of this great American car company was uncertain.  In fact, it was not clear whether it had any future at all.  But after consulting with my Auto Task Force, industry experts, and financial advisors, and after asking many tough questions, I became convinced that if Chrysler were willing to undergo a restructuring, and if it were able to form a partnership with a viable global car company, then Chrysler could get a new lease on life.

Well, that more promising scenario has now come to pass.  Today, after taking a number of painful steps, and moving through a quick, efficient, and fair bankruptcy process, a new, stronger Chrysler is poised to complete its alliance with Fiat.  Just 31 days after Chrysler's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, a court has approved the Chrysler-Fiat alliance, paving the way for a new Chrysler to emerge from bankruptcy in the next few days.

What happens next is in the hands of their executives, managers, and workers -- as it is for any private company.  But what the completion of this alliance means is that tens of thousands of jobs that would have been lost if Chrysler had liquidated will now be saved, and that consumers have no reason at all to worry about a restructuring -- even one as painful as what Chrysler underwent.

And keep in mind -- many experts said that a quick, surgical bankruptcy was impossible.  They were wrong.  Others predicted that Chrysler's decision to enter bankruptcy would lead to an immediate collapse in consumer confidence that would send car sales over a cliff.  They were wrong, as well.  In fact, Chrysler sold more cars in May than it did in April, in part because consumers were comforted by our extraordinary commitment to stand behind a quick bankruptcy process.  All in all, it's a dramatic -- an outcome dramatically better than what appeared likely when this process began.

Now the situation we found at General Motors was very different from what we found at Chrysler -- largely because GM is a different kind of company.  It is much larger and much more complex, with operations all over the globe.  In this context, GM's management team -- including its new CEO, Fritz Henderson, its interim chairman, Kent Kresa, and all of their colleagues -- have worked -- has worked tirelessly to produce a plan that meets the strict standards I laid out at the beginning:  to streamline GM's brands, clean up GM's balance sheet, and make it possible for GM to compete and succeed.

Working with my Auto Task Force, GM and its stakeholders have produced a viable, achievable plan that will give this iconic American company a chance to rise again.  It's a plan tailored to the realities of today's auto market; a plan that positions GM to move toward profitability, even if it takes longer than expected for our economy to fully recover; and it's a plan that builds on GM's recent progress in making better cars. As this plan takes effect, GM will start building a larger share of its cars here at home, including fuel-efficient cars.  In fact, if all goes according to plan, the share of GM cars sold in the United States that are made here will actually grow for the first time in three decades.

Now, any time a business as large as General Motors goes through a restructuring, it is extremely difficult to find common ground among all of the company's stakeholders.  But while the deal that has been worked out is tough, it is also fair.

It will require the United Auto Workers to make further cuts in compensation and retiree health care benefits -- painful sacrifices on top of all that they have already done.

It will require GM shareholders to give up the remaining value of their shares -- just as they would have had to do in any private restructuring of this kind.

And it will also provide unsecured bondholders with an equitable outcome -- an outcome that will let them recover more than the current value of their claims, and substantially more than they would have recovered if the government had not intervened and GM had liquidated.  That's why a majority of GM's bondholders already support this deal.

Throughout this process, I wanted to ensure that none of GM's stakeholders receives special treatment because of our government's involvement.  That's why I instructed my Auto Task Force to treat all of GM's stakeholders fairly and to ensure that this restructuring was carried out in a way that was consistent with past precedent -- and it was.

What we have, then, is a credible plan that is full of promise.  But GM can't put this plan into effect on its own.  Executing this plan will require a substantial amount of money that only a government can provide.  Considering GM's extensive operations within their borders, the governments of Canada and Ontario have agreed to do their part with an investment in GM's future, and I want to thank them for doing so.  I also want to thank the government of Germany for working diligently to reach a Memorandum of Understanding on the sale of a major stake in GM's European Division and for providing interim funding that will make it possible for that transaction to be finalized.

But of course GM is an American company with tens of thousands of employees in this country, and responsibility for its future ultimately rests with us.  That's why our government will be making a significant additional investment of about $30 billion in GM -- an investment that will entitle American taxpayers to ownership of about 60 percent of the new GM.

Now, let me talk about this.  I recognize that this may give some Americans pause.  So let me explain as clearly as possible why we are making this investment.  We inherited a financial crisis unlike any that we've seen in our time.  This crisis crippled private capital markets and forced us to take steps in our financial system -- and with our auto companies -- that we would not have otherwise even considered.  These steps have put our government in the unwelcome position of owning large stakes in private companies for the simple and compelling reason that their survival and the success of our overall economy depend on it.

Understand we're making these investments not because I want to spend the American people's tax dollars, but because I want to protect them.  Instead of taking so much stock in GM, we could have simply offered the company more loans.  But for years, GM has been buried under an unsustainable mountain of debt.  And piling an irresponsibly large debt on top of the new GM would mean simply repeating the mistakes of the past.  So we are acting as reluctant shareholders -- because that is the only way to help GM succeed.

What we are not doing -- what I have no interest in doing -- is running GM.  GM will be run by a private board of directors and management team with a track record in American manufacturing that reflects a commitment to innovation and quality.  They -- and not the government -- will call the shots and make the decisions about how to turn this company around.  The federal government will refrain from exercising its rights as a shareholder in all but the most fundamental corporate decisions.  When a difficult decision has to be made on matters like where to open a new plant or what type of new car to make, the new GM, not the United States government, will make that decision.

In short, our goal is to get GM back on its feet, take a hands-off approach, and get out quickly.

Exiting a restructuring of this scale, however, requires not only new investment.  It also requires giving GM a chance to start anew by clearing away the massive past debts that are weighing the company down.  And that's why earlier today, GM did what Chrysler has successfully done and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the support of its key stakeholders and the United States government.

In all likelihood, this process will take more time for GM than it did for Chrysler because GM is a bigger, more complex company.  But Chrysler's extraordinary success reaffirms my confidence that GM will emerge from its bankruptcy process quickly, and as a stronger and more competitive company.  And I want to remind everyone that if you are considering buying a GM car during this period of restructuring, your warrantees will be safe and government-backed.

So I'm confident that the steps I'm announcing today will mark the end of an old GM, and the beginning of a new GM; a new GM that can produce the high-quality, safe, and fuel-efficient cars of tomorrow; that can lead America towards an energy independent future; and that is once more a symbol of America's success.

But I want to be honest with you.  Building a leaner GM will come at a cost.  It will take a painful toll on many Americans who have relied on General Motors throughout the generations.  So I want to say a word directly to all the men and women watching today, wondering what all of this will mean as far as their own lives are concerned.

I know you've already seen more than your fair share of hard times.  We saw 400,000 jobs lost in the auto industry in the year before this restructuring even began.  I will not pretend the hard times are over.  Difficult days lie ahead.  More jobs will be lost.  More plants will close.  More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers.

But I want you to know that what you're doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation -- a sacrifice you may not have chose to make, but a sacrifice you were nevertheless called to make so that your children and all of our children can grow up in an America that still makes things; that still builds cars; that still strives for a better future.

As our autoworkers and auto communities pass through these difficult times, we, as a nation, must do our part.  That's why, in March, I appointed Ed Montgomery Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.  That's why two weeks ago Ed announced a green jobs training program for autoworkers in hard-hit communities.  And that's why last week Ed and Karen Mills, my Small Business Administration chief, traveled to Indiana to announce a new plan to provide loans to auto, RV, and boat dealers to help finance floor plans.  That's why we are accelerating the purchase of a federal fleet of cars to jumpstart demand and give the industry a boost at a time when it needs one.  And that's why I'm calling on Congress to pass fleet modernization legislation that can provide a credit to consumers who turn in old cars and purchase cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.  These are important steps on the long road to overcoming a problem that didn't happen overnight and will not be solved overnight.

I recognize that today's news carries a particular importance because it's not just any company we're talking about -- it's GM.  It's a company that's not only been a source of income, but a source of pride for generations of autoworkers and generations of Americans.  But while the GM of the future will be different from the GM of the past, I am absolutely confident that if well managed, a new GM will emerge that can provide a new generation of Americans with a chance to live out their dreams, that can out-compete automakers around the world, and that can once again be an integral part of America's economic future.  And when that happens, we can truly say that what is good for General Motors and all who work there is good for the United States of America.

Thank you, everybody.

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