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Barack Obama’s speech: no Cairo 2.0 | James Zogby, guardian.co.uk

President Obama has often used great speeches to define critical issues. Given the historical setting – dramatic changes taking place across the Arab world, the killing of Bin Laden, and the floundering Arab-Israeli peace process coming up against the September deadline the president once suggested for the establishment of a Palestinian state – the White House saw this as the appropriate time for another “great speech”.

For an American audience, it was an important speech. For Americans … it might be fair to say that the speech was challenging and uplifting. But if the intended audience was in the Arab world, then sadly, the speech fell flat.

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