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A Moment of Silence

Not what Obama promised in Berlin.

12:00 AM, Jun 23, 2009 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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But in the darkest hours, the people of Berlin kept the flame of hope burning. The people of Berlin refused to give up. And on one fall day, hundreds of thousands of Berliners came here, to the Tiergarten, and heard the city's mayor implore the world not to give up on freedom. "There is only one possibility," he said. "For us to stand together united until this battle is won . . . The people of Berlin have spoken. We have done our duty, and we will keep on doing our duty. People of the world: now do your duty.

One can imagine substituting "Berlin" from "Iran" and a future leader remembering this moment.

Obama ended his speech with an appeal to the "heirs to a struggle of freedom."

The scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.

It was a strong conclusion. But it was something that he said moments earlier that stands out now, in the middle of the crisis in Iran.

"Now the world will watch and remember what we do here--what we do with this moment."

Yes, they will.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.