I’ve been a volunteer in SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent) for more than 6 years. Unfortunately in my small city (Swaida) people don’t have good understanding about social work, it’s almost in every project we do people come to us and ask us about how much we get paid for doing this, of course we explain to them that we are volunteers and tell them about the principles of our organization. This misunderstanding wasn’t that shocking for me, but the great shock was from tow days when one of my trainees told me that a taxi driver dropped him in our branch building told him that he want to volunteer in Red Crescent but he hasn’t enough money to do so cause just rich people can effort it (by the way I have no thing to do with being rich nor the volunteers in my branch except one or tow), and another one confirmed it to me from other source. This is ridicules, I can understand anyone asking me about how much we get paid because we do a really hard work and a lot of people will not do it for free, but how much I should pay to be a volunteer that’s so silly. This is no joke, we should act so fast to straight it right before it’s too late. who’s fault is this?

I don’t see any thing new in Obama’s speech, more than that, anyone who kept up with his campaign he/she will notes that this speech is a collection of what he had said before in his way to the White House, but how ever I have liked his choosing of some words. I mean in that Violence and Extremist instead of Terrorism and Terrorist.

The meaning of Terrorism and Terrorist has misinterpreted by the whole world because of the irrational usage by the former President of USA George Bush along with news networks and Hollywood movies, Muslims are always the terrorist, but if there is any act of violence made by a non Muslim group, media didn’t refer to them as terrorists, like the shooting in The Massereene Barracks occurred on 7 March 2009, the shooting that the Real IRA (which is considered as a terrorist organization by UK) was behind it. If you read the article at the news.bbc.co.uk you will not find any indication for terrorism by the writer neither the politicians that he quoted from. But if you search in there website about (terrorist bombing) for example, you will find tens of articles about Muslim organizations described as terrorists many times. Actually, it doesn’t has to be a Muslim to figure this misinterpretation out and it doesn’t has to be a non Muslim to know that setting bombs in innocent people is an act of terror.

Obama has Changed these words with new ones Violence and Extremist. I believe these words are more accurate, because they have already been used and people around the world understand them very will. Violence used for every act that aims to hurt any creature, this means that armies, police, militias, gangs, family hood (domestic violence), T.V and others are in this category and we “the public opinion” understand this clearly. Extremists is not a word that used just for religion but for politics too, it used also in USA, UK and every place in the earth, unlike terrorism and terrorist, they have never used before in this contest and there is no definition for it yet. So, everyone explained them as he liked, got advantage from them when ever he needed them the most, but worst than that, invading countries under it’s cover.

Finally, I do admit that his speech is a historical one, only if it followed by actions. Because we, Arabian people have fed up with speeches with out actions. SO, Mr. President act or your speech will not worth a penny.