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Obama At The UN: I Won’t Hesitate To Use Force

U.S. President Barack Obama said he, as the leader of ‘the strongest military that the world has ever known’, will not hesitate to use force, while referencing Russia, China and Syria.

Obama will hesitate to protect his country or allies

“I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known. And I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies—unilaterally and by force—when necessary,” Obama said, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

The president also called for a ‘modern approach’ in resolving world’s problems, saying that the world cannot go back to the ‘old ways’ of ‘conflict and coercion’.

“But I stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion—we cannot look backwards,” Obama said.

Obama dedicated a significant part of his speech to criticize Russia’s actions in the ongoing deadly war in eastern Ukraine. Obama said that it would be better if Russian President Vladimir Putin pursued a peaceful strategy.

“Imagine if instead Russia had engaged in true diplomacy and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected—that would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the World,” Obama said, emphasizing that he would not want to start another Cold War.

The U.S. President also urged China to resolve territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea because “like every nation gathered here, we have an interest in upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and the free-flow of commerce, and in resolving disputes through international law, not the law of force.”

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