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Obama vows to create new global order to meet challenges

world Updated: May 22, 2010 21:25 IST

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US President Barack Obama today vowed to create a new international order that can meet the current challenges, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation and climate change.

Obama said the US must work to "shape an international order" that can meet the challenges of the generation.

"The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times - countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials," Obama said addressing the US Military Academy at West Point in New York.

The President said the global order he seeks to shape includes "combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds".

He said the US will be "steadfast in strengthening old alliances" and "build new partnerships.

He highlighted the challenges of terrorism around the globe. "Our campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and to defeat al Qaeda is part of an international effort that is necessary and just. But this is a different kind of war," he said.

However, he warned that it not be simple moment of surrender to mark the journey's end - "no armistice or banner headline". He said the failed Times Square bomb plot show that "pressure on networks like al Qaeda is forcing them to rely on terrorists with less time and space to train."

Obama also highlighted the al Qaeda's attempt at gross "distortion of Islam" to achieve their aims. "We see it in al Qaeda's gross distortion of Islam, their disrespect for human life, and their attempts to prey upon fear, and hatred, and prejudice," he said.

Even as warning that the "threat will not go away soon", he said "al Qaeda and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history." "We need not give in to fear every time a terrorist tries to scare us. We should not discard our freedoms because extremists try to exploit them," Obama said.

Praising the spirit of the American people, he said, "We've repaired our union, faced down fascism, and outlasted communism." "We have gone through turmoil and come out stronger, and we will do so once more," the American leader argued.

Obama also vowed to support those universal rights that formed the creed of America's founding.

"We will promote these values above all by living them - through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard; and through our commitment to forever pursue a more perfect union," he said.