Despite increasing terror on several continents, Obama believes the world has never been more peaceful and less violent.
President Barack Hussein Obama said at the White House Summit on Global Development Wednesday that “we are living in the most peaceful” era in human history and that “the world has never been less violent.”
According to the White House schedule, the president used the summit to “bring together development leaders, public and private sector financing partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to mark our global progress and catalyze further development efforts.”
“So it is worth reminding ourselves of how lucky we are to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history,” Obama said in the speech.
“Because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today,” he said.
He also spoke the words on June 11, 2014, as ISIS was murdering its way across Iraq, Boko Haram was murdering and kidnapping its way across Nigeria, the Taliban's grip on Afghanistan was strengthening, Syria and Libya had become basket cases, terrorist attacks throughout the world were increasing, China was redrawing maritime borders, and Russia and the Ukraine were edging toward war.
And two years later Obama thus says the world has become even more peaceful and tranquil, with the Middle East on fire, France on the brink of civil war, terror and fear of terror in both Europe and the US, and NATO and Russia rebuilding fronts against each other.
The full speech is available on the White House website.
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