The Arabs and Obama

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September 2, 2008 @ 23:38 UTC

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Countries:
Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Bahrain
Candidates:
Barack Obama, John McCain
Issues:
International Relations
 

Arab bloggers writing about the US elections have been courting Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with caution. While some feel that he will never make it to the White House, others are hoping that he will do just that - to allow the US to save its international reputation.

Bahraini Al Rayyash [Ar] believes that Obama will never make it to the White House. He explains:

دار جدل طويل بيني وبين صديق حول إمكانية وصول المرشح باراك أوباما وفوزه في الانتخابات الامريكية لمنصب الرئيس، وبررت عدم فوزه لحقائق بدأت أفهما عن طبيعة الشعب الامريكي واللوبي السياسي الذي يتحكم في مفاصل السياسة الامريكية!! فبعد بحث وتنقيب وجدت أن الادارة الامريكية لا تختلف عن أديولوجية بن لان في تعصبه الى الدين !! فنظرة سريعة على خطابات الرئيس الامريكي الحالي نجدها جميعها إن لم يخني التقدير ترتكز في طرحها على النظرة الدينية المتعصبة والمتنقلة بين التورات والانجيل !! والحقيقة الثانية أن اللوبي الامريكي والذي يتحكم اليهود في إتجاهاته لا يقبل بأن تحكمة إمرأه أو رجل ملون!! هذه حقيقة سوف يكتشفها الناخب الامريكي الذي سوف يتحكم في قراره الاعلام المريكي المدفوع سلفاً من قبل اللوبي اليهودي!! وعلى رغم حبي لبساطة الشعب الامريكي وأريحيته التي عشتها أثاء وجودي في سان فرانسيسكو إلا أني أشفق عليه من سلطة الاعلام التي يقودها ويتحكم فيها أشخاص لايحكمون أمريكا من البيت الابيض!!

A long discussion took place with a friend on the possibility of nominee Barack Obama winning the US elections and becoming president. I explained why he would not win based on realities I started to understand about the nature of American people and the political lobby which controls all aspects of American politics. After research I discovered that the ideology of the American administration does not differ from Bin Laden's ideology when it comes to religious extremism. A quick review of the current US president's speeches will reveal, if I am not mistaken, an extreme religious perspective and references to the Old Testament and the Bible!! The second reality is that the American lobby, which is controlled by the Jews in its direction, will never accept being ruled by a woman or a coloured man!! This is the reality which the American voters who is controlled by the American media, which is paid for by the Jewish lobby, will discover!! Despite my love for the simplicity of the Americans during my stay in San Francisco, I feel sorry for them because of the way they are controlled by the media, which is led by people who don't rule America from the White House!!

Egyptian Tahyyes was not impressed with Obama's address at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. She writes:

لم أسمع خطاب أوباما وعليه فإنني لا يمكن أن أحكم على الخطاب دون سماعه كاملا، إلا أن ذكرياتنا مع أوباما منذ أن تم ترشيحه وحتى الآن ليست بالذكريات السعيدة. مجمل القول أن أوباما..فلتعذرني الترجمة الإلكترونية..ح يموت يبقى رئيس، سوف يقتل نفسه ليصبح أول رئيس أسود يدخل البيت الأبيض، ومستعد لارتداء عقل أبيض والتضحية بالعقل والقلب الأسود في سبيل نصرة الجلد، الحقيقة أن ما أورده موقع الجزيرة من مقتطفات لخطاب أوباما لم تكن مشجعة على الأطلاق، بل تنضح بالتهديد والوعيد من جانب، وبالغطرسة والتكبر من جانب آخر

I did not listen to Obama's speech and therefore I cannot judge it without listening to it completely. However, our memories with Obama, since he was nominated until today, have not been happy. In short, Obama will die to become president. He will kill himself to become the first black man to enter the White House. He is ready to wear a white mentality and sacrifice his black mind and heart in order to achieve what he want. The truth is that the excerpts I have read on Al Jazeera from Obama's speech were not encouraging at all. They were full of threats on the one hand, and arrogance on the other.

She also wonders what Obama's American dream is:

أي حلم؟ أنا أريد أن يشرح لي عاقل تفاصيل هذا الحلم,..خير اللهم اجعله
خير؟
بالنسبة لمصرية عربية مسلمة الحلم الأمريكي هو عبارة عن أطعمة سريعة
تصيب المرء بالإمساك، وليل مضاء على شاشات التلفزيون يصور بغداد
وأفغانستان وهما مشتعلتان، ومساكين عزل مقيدة أيديهم وأقدامهم

What dream? I want someone sane to explain to me the details of this dream. I hope it is something good. As for me, an Egyptian Arab Muslim, the American dream is fast food which causes constipation, and bright nights on television screens which show Baghdad and Afghanistan on fire as well as poor people's whose wrists and feet are tied up.

Writing on a Saudi online forum, Sport King says that Arab media already portrays Obama as the presumptive president of the US. He says:

يبدو واضحا مما تعكسه مقالات وأعمدة الرأي في الصحف العربية، أن النفس العربي يميل نحو المرشح الديمقراطي باراك اوباما في سباقه نحو الرئاسة الامريكية ضد الجمهوري جون ماكين، لكن ذلك الدعم الحذر ما يزال يشوبه الشك في نوع التغيير الذي ينادي به أوباما ضمن حملته الانتخابية.

It is obvious, in the way reflected by opinion columns in Arab newspapers, that Arabs are supportive of Democratic nominee Barack Obama in his race to the US presidency against the Republican John McCain. However, that cautious support, is still not convinced of the type of change that Obama has been calling for throughout his campaign.

And Egypt's New Al Wasat Party's website echoes a similar sentiment in an editorial which says:

لو كان للعالم أن يصوّت في الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية التي ستجري في شهر تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) المقبل، لربح باراك أوباما من دون شك، فثمة رغبة سائدة في أنحاء المعمورة، وعلى وجه الخصوص في أوروبا والعالم العربي، بأن تستعيد الولايات المتحدة عافيتها وسلطتها وسمعتها. إلا أن العالم لن يصوّت.

If the world were to vote in the upcoming US elections, which will be held in November, Barack Obama will win without any doubt. There is a strong desire for this from all over the world, especially Europe and the Arab world, for the US to regain its strength, authority and reputation. However, the world will not vote.

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  • 5 comments

    1. CAROLINA GIRL Says:

      PALIN IS A PLEASANT SURPRISE!

      BIDEN IS OLD NEWS. THESE DEMS NEED TO LEAVE THE CHILDREN OUT OF IT. MANY PEOPLE HAVE COMPLEX FAMILIES — BUT FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

      IF YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON FAMILIES, THE HEADLINES SHOULD READ:

      “PALIN’S SON IS ON HIS WAY TO IRAQ TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY”

      OR

      “McCAIN HAS TWO SONS SERVING IN OUR MILITARY”

      WE REALLY NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON WHO CAN BEST LEAD OUR COUNTRY.

      WE NEED TO REPLACE DO-NOTHING DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS.

      McCAIN IS RUNNING FOR “PRESIDENT” — HE BRINGS LOTS OF EXPERIENCE. HE HAS PROVEN HE LOVES OUR COUNTRY ENOUGH TO DIE FOR US.

      PALIN ALSO BRINGS EXPERIENCE. SHE HAS ACTUALLY “GOVERNED” AS MAYOR OF HER HOMETOWN AND AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA. SHE IS RUNNING FOR “VICE PRESIDENT”. SHE’S A REFRESHING BREATH OF CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

      OBAMA IS RUNNING FOR “PRESIDENT” — HE BRINGS “NO” EXPERIENCE. HE WORKED LESS THAN 150 DAYS IN THE SENATE AND SPENT THE REST OF THE TIME RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. IF HE CAN’T DO HIS SENATE JOB — HE SURELY CAN’T LEAD OUR NATION. WHERE ARE REZKO, AYERS, WRIGHT, FARRAKHAN, SAID, ETC.? AND THE LIST GOES ON!

      JOE BIDEN HAS BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR 35 YEARS. WHAT HAS HE DONE? HE WILL BRING MORE OF THE SAME! Biden said: “I think OBAMA can be ready one day, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

      I’m voting for the Honorable John McCain in November.

    2. jeff Says:

      this is very interesting commentary. i have two points: one must distinguish between zionists and jews like we differentiate among the politically powerful in the u.s. and the people at large (however ignorant or naive). zionist israel does not, nor do jews ‘control’ the apparatus in the u.s. that is a false view and in the end, the crazy u.s. jesus freaks will dump israelis who do not accept ‘the lord’ as their saviour. second point: arab peoples should not trust obama; he forced women in head scarves to move away from being seen on camera in one of his rallies which is ugly opportunism and a racist thing to do; and he has made it clear that he will continue the slaughter of afghan people and add the pakistan population to america’s list, even if they will kill less iraqis (1 million already is maybe too much of a genocide even for them). don’t trust his intelligent way to speak nor be seduced by his nice manner. he wants to be in charge of an empire and the protestants who run it (NOT the jews!) demand the blood sacrifice of arabs, blacks, africans and now asian people so that the american ‘dream’ (really a nightmare) can keep its population asleep and exxon-mobile flush with profits. again i appreciate the opportunity to read what international views are of ‘my’ crazy, warring government. thank you.

    3. Jillian York Says:

      While I don’t disagree with everything Al Ayyash says, I think he offers a rather ignorant perspective of the US lobby. Obama’s race doesn’t make a difference to the Zionists; only his politics do.

    4. Independent Says:

      What an eye opener on the opinions of people so not in the know.

    5. ibrahim andu Says:

      for tahyyes and others who might share her opinion. ‘only the excerpts you heard from aljazeera helped to you to make a adecision about obama’ (certainly hope you had more excerpts from other places, because you sound the freaking illogical commentator. didn’t arafat almost die for the sake of ‘leading palestine’. and bhutto for pakistan and MKO abiola for nigeria. yes, i see you problem wide eyed when you mentioned someone sacrificing this and that to be other than he really is. how does the arab think, or the chinese or the ‘black man’. what’s the difference? could you please let us know. for one thing arab media is not all that moralistic you know. it represents a side most times, just like most of the media in the world. i have characterisation of indians and bangladeshi in a racist way and so on and so forth. we are not white, no matter much makeup we use! you are so so sad!. let’s judge people according to their deeds. i have glanced through obama’s bio and i see a man devoid of the excess guile some seem to possess. about his diverting muslimahs to a corner, well let muslims get their acts together and not go to other people’s countries trying to blow places. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? must they like you?

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