West Midlands MEP: American leadership is often more effective when not tied to military action.

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This is the understated reaction of MEP Phillip Bennion, in an article which ends:

phillip bennion2“The Arab Spring was perhaps in some ways fuelled by Obama’s inspiring speeches shortly after he was first elected.

“It still can be a route to defuse Islamic fundamentalism, but America’s failure to close Guantanamo and lack of follow-up diplomatic action since in key areas, especially Israel and Palestine, threatens that potential.

“Peaceful but persistent engagement by President Obama can tip the balance to benefit not just America but the rest of us.”

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