Belief Beat

President Obama is giving gave a speech about the “Arab Spring” and related upheavals in the Middle East this morning, and is meeting with Israeli officials tomorrow and Sunday (unless the world ends).

Here’s the text of the speech, which included this message about Osama bin Laden and Islam:

Bin Laden was no martyr. He was a mass murderer who offered a message of hate –- an insistence that Muslims had to take up arms against the West, and that violence against men, women and children was the only path to change. He rejected democracy and individual rights for Muslims in favor of violent extremism; his agenda focused on what he could destroy -– not what he could build.

Obama also reiterated U.S. support for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan based on the 1967 borders and mutually agreed land swaps.

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