There is no quick fix to centuries of bad historical ties, tricky politics and divergent social experiences between the West and the Arab World.
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The sad fact is that the most significant Israeli-Palestinian legacy of the Bush administration is the coming to power of Hamas.
Instead of pre-packaged messages broadcast overseas, building the capacity of local media and investigative reporters promotes transparency and creates a culture of democratic activism.
This election was an international one, and we Americans have sent a strong message to the entire planet that we not only want change, but that we can and have taken back our country.
Our democracy has given us an opportunity to start again with renewed focus and effort. The past has happened. We must remember it and learn from it.
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