Today, on the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama, Barack Obama gave a speech where he mentioned America’s role in freedom movements around the world.
That’s what makes us unique, and cements our reputation as a beacon of opportunity. Young people behind the Iron Curtain would see Selma and eventually tear down a wall. Young people in Soweto would hear Bobby Kennedy talk about ripples of hope and eventually banish the scourge of apartheid. Young people in Burma went to prison rather than submit to military rule. From the streets of Tunis to the Maidan in Ukraine, this generation of young people can draw strength from this place, where the powerless could change the world’s greatest superpower, and push their leaders to expand the boundaries of freedom.
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The president mentioned the Euromaiden movement in Ukraine.
Ukrainian students ignited the movement when the protested against the pro-Russian regime in Kiev in December 2013. (Telegraph)
In February 2014 Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian president of Ukraine, fled Kiev.
Since that time, despite the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, Barack Obama has made it clear that any requests for military assistance will be ignored. But he has sent food rations to the struggling Ukrainian army.
The Islamic flag flies at the US Embassy in Tunis in September 2012.
The Obama administration cheered the Arab Spring. Revolutions took place in Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Yemen. Today, ISIS terrorists control large swaths of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Shiite terrorists control Yemen and the US embassy was shut down in February. And, today Tunisia sends the most fighters to join ISIS in Syria-Iraq.