Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama a Big Hit in the Arab World

Why is it so important to a portion of the population in this country that “the world” always think kindly of us? Why is it important to the extent that the candidate to the Presidency of the United States has expressed that, in order to get other countries to “like us,” he is willing to sit at a table with known terrorist countries.

Is Mr. Obama so extraordinarily naïve that he does not – or perhaps – cannot accept that there are countries who really and truly do not “like” us and they would do anything they felt necessary to destroy us? None of the countries that has declared its animosity has ever expressed a desire to “negotiate,” or “compromise.”

I would also ask . . . why is it so important to Mr. Obama that these countries "like" us? Why should it matter?

What will it take for Mr. Obama to understand these basics?


These factors have made Obama a big hit in the Arab world, where he has received wide praise, including:

-- The Syrian regime has indicated its preference for Obama. Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, has written: “The change suggested by Obama is essential not only for the U.S. but for the entire human family.”

-- Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi called Obama “a Muslim” and said: “All the people in the Arab and Muslim world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcome him and prayed for his success,” although Qaddafi also expressed criticism of Obama’s comments on the future of Jerusalem.

-- Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said this year: “We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election.”

-- Hezbollah’s second in command, Sheik Naim al-Kassim, urged Americans to vote for Obama as a step toward peace with Islam, and pro-Hezbollah columnist Amal Saad-Ghorayeb said there is “no doubt Arabs should welcome an Obama presidency,” according to Taheri.

-- In Saudi Arabia, commentator Hussein Shobokshi wrote that an Obama presidency “would mark an important moral transformation in the superpower and is a healthy indicator of the long-awaited improvement in the international arena.”

Some columnists also have noted Obama’s close ties to several Palestinian radicals, including Columbia University Prof. Rashid Khalidi — former communications director for the Palestinian Liberation Organization — and another Palestinian political activist, the late Edward Said.

The “Arab street” also favors Obama. Recent surveys found that he is the preferred candidate in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Copyright, MCzwz, All Rights Reserved. Originally posted on on 10/29/2008.

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