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Friday, November 7, 2008

Sheikh Mohammad Urges Obama to Use Brain not Brawn in Solving World Crises

The ruler of Dubai Friday (7 November 2008) urged the incoming US administration to use "brain" instead of "brawn" in solving world crises, in a clear dig at the outgoing administration of President George W. Bush.

"I say to the new (US) administration that crises are not solved by wars, force and arms ... God gave us brains and brawn," Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum said, addressing a World Economic Forum event in the booming Gulf emirate.

"If we had helped the poor and provided education to the needy (in war-torn places), we could have overcome many of those crises where huge amounts of money have been spent (on armed force)," he said.

To read the entire article:

Use Brain not Brawn, Dubai Ruler Urges New US Leadership, AFP, 7 November 2008.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum.