President Obama Argues That Our Era Is The Most Peaceful In History

In Germany, on Monday, President Obama gave a speech saying that we're fortunate to be living in the most peaceful era in human history. He said, "I want to begin with an observation that, given the challenges that we face in the world and the headlines we see every day, may seem improbable, but it’s true. We are fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history."

He went on to say, "That may surprise young people who are watching TV or looking at your phones and it seems like only bad news comes through every day. But consider that it’s been decades since the last war between major powers. More people live in democracies. We’re wealthier and healthier and better educated, with a global economy that has lifted up more than a billion people from extreme poverty, and created new middle classes from the Americas to Africa to Asia."

Obama continued, "If you had to choose a moment in time to be born, any time in human history, and you didn’t know ahead of time what nationality you were or what gender or what your economic status might be, you’d choose today — which isn’t to say that there is not still enormous suffering and enormous tragedy and so much work for us to do."

Although, Obama did admit that “dangerous forces" around the world threatened to pull society backward, "and our progress is not inevitable." Mr. Obama concluded, "They’re not going to be leading the fight on the ground, but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting local forces that continue to drive [the Islamic State] back. These terrorists will learn the same lesson as others before them have, which is, your hatred is no match for our nations united in the defense of our way of life."

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