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An Egyptian supporter's advice to Obama

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Angus, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Open letter to President Obama
    Change we can believe in is needed as much at the international level as at the US national level, writes Hassan Nafaa*

    Dear Mr President,

    I am aware that the presidential campaign is not over and that surprises are to be expected, but I have no doubt that, all things being equal, you will be the future president of the United States of America. My reasons for saying so are many, and I do not need to go into them in detail here, as I did just that in an article entitled, "What if?" which ran in this same space right after Hillary Clinton bowed out of the race. Suffice it to say that I believe that the years of neocon rule, which gave America a bad name around the world, convinced the American people of the need for change.

    I am not oblivious to the significance of the election of a black man with a Muslim father in a country that practised racial segregation not so long ago and that has an administration that is currently engaged in "holy war" against Islam and Muslims. And having recently read a review of Jerome Corsi's book, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, I can appreciate the magnitude of venom coming your way from the US right. This supremely biased writer, who sadly holds a doctorate in political science from Harvard, portrays you as a radical leftist who banks on widespread frustration in black circles. If elected, Corsi claims, you will use "deceit and subterfuge" to divide Americans.

    I have no doubt that more of such slander and worse will be levelled against you as the day of the elections draws near. But I am confident that victory will be yours in the end. In its heart of hearts, America knows that you are a Christian and American through and through and that the colour of your skin and your middle name can only be assets in your quest to clear the name of the United States abroad. I think too much of the American people to believe that they would put someone like John McCain in the White House -- a man who's committed to George W Bush's criminal policies -- just to spite a black man whose middle name is Hussein.

    Time will show whether my trust in the American people and their wisdom is well placed. But as alarmed as we are in the Arab world that someone like McCain may reach the White House, we have no illusions as far as you're concerned. We don't see you as a saviour. Some of your comments have lost you many friends in this part of the world already, especially your statement that Jerusalem would remain Israel's "unified and eternal" capital, a remark that you repeated twice, at an AIPAC gathering and again during your visit to Israel. Some in this region now say that they want to see McCain win the elections -- not because he is the better man, but because they are convinced that someone like him is bound to pursue Bush's catastrophic policies and thus ultimately bring about the collapse of the United States.

    I am no fan of US foreign policy, but I disagree with them. I am not one to believe that the world would be a better place without the United States. Still, I do not see you as capable of making a substantial change in US policy in this part of the world. But US policy must not be assessed in the light of its position on Israel alone. A true change in US foreign policy depends first and foremost on the way you, Mr President, envision a new world order, one that takes into account the indisputable fact that the US is waning and that other giants are surfacing on the international scene.

    The foreign policy of the neocons was based on the uncontroversial fact that the 20th century was an American century par excellence. But the neocons were wrong to assume that the 21st century can, or must, be a purely American century. It was the collapse of the Soviet Union that created this mistaken assumption. The Bush administration was wrong to think that the world can be run solely by the US and other international players must be kept off the field.

    Especially after 9/11, George W Bush thought that military means alone could sustain this new world order. History proved him wrong. It is now clear to all that the US doesn't have the means of unilaterally controlling the world. It is also clear that the more the US tries to do so the more damage it sustains. The US obsession with global hegemony, many now agree, borders on the suicidal. The US is still the world's most powerful nation, but its relative weight on the international scene is steadily diminishing. This conclusion, reached by such prominent commentators as Fareed Zakaria and Immanuel Wallerstein, makes it necessary for the US -- especially after the recent events in Georgia -- to seek a new and multilateral world order.

    The US has to choose between two scenarios:

    Scenario one: The US replaces the current unilateral world order with a system of collective leadership that involves close cooperation with the Soviet Union and the EU through NATO. This option, I believe, would be the first choice for someone like McCain. But I do not doubt that some of your aides would try to sell it to you and portray it as the only available or realistic option. In my opinion, this option is a mere revamping of previous US policies that didn't turn out well. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world had a rare opportunity to reinforce the UN's role, which had eroded during the Cold War. But the US, in its quest for sole global domination, not only maintained NATO but also sought to expand it and use it as a tool for its foreign policy. Russia, weighed down by its own problems, played along with that scenario. But as soon as the Russians had time to catch their breath, they began to reverse the tide; as can be seen now in Georgia. If it continues to be a mere tool of joint US- European hegemony, NATO is bound to be challenged by emerging regional alliances elsewhere, just as it was challenged by the Warsaw Pact in the past.

    Scenario two: The US uses its international leverage to establish a "new humanitarian world order" that promotes the safety of humans everywhere, regardless of their race, nationality, or creed -- thus making the safety of the human race a collective responsibility of the international community. This scenario is what draws the line between someone like you and someone like McCain. Obviously, Mr President, it is the one I wish to see you pursue.

    To create a new humanitarian world order, the UN needs to be restructured so as to confront a variety of international threats and challenges, including poverty, epidemics, pollution, terrorism and organised crime. Also, the UN Security Council would have to be restructured so as to become more capable of stopping military aggression against any state. For this to happen, the international community will need: first, to enlarge the Security Council and reassign its permanent seats to better represent the existing balance of power; second, to reconsider the manner and terms of the power of veto, so that no single country may challenge the combined will of the international community or undermine the new humanitarian world order; third, to boost the powers of the Security Council so that it may be able to respond to all types of threat to human safety with considerable speed and efficacy; fourth, to grant the General Assembly greater power of political oversight over the Security Council, and grant the International Court of Justice greater power of judicial oversight over the decisions of the Security Council -- such steps being needed to pre-empt any dictatorial propensities; and fifth, to give the International Court of Justice mandatory powers, binding on all nations, in matters of international legal disputes.

    This, Mr President, is the type of change that can truly help resolve international problems. It is the type of change that can turn Israel into an ordinary country that is subject to -- rather than above -- international law. This is the change the world expects from you. Are you ready for it?

    * The writer is a professor of political science at Cairo University.

    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2008/911/op1.htm
  2. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    :laugh2:


    Obama better hope that this letter does not find wide circulation. It would practically assure defeat for his campaign.

    Humm...................



    :eek::
  3. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Bozo?
    Is that you?
  4. yeahyeah

    yeahyeah New Member

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    Agree with him or not..this is exactly how we are viewed in the world. It is not a good trend...we have to live together on this mud ball.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Screw em. If they are too stupid or too ignorant its not our problem. We do what is best for us and to hell with them.
  6. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    It is my experience that the most powerful country in the world is never viewed in a good light. If we really wanted to be liked, we would have to sacrafic our current station in the world equation. I don't know about the rest of you guys but I'd rather be hated and powerful enough to prevent Mexico from rolling into down town San Antonio as opposed to being loved and make certain that nobody is making plans to winter there invasion forces in Dallas this year.

    :D
  7. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. If we were a 3rd world nation everyone would love us. I'm not interested in everyone liking us. I know the people of the US are basically good and charitable people and we do allot around the world to help others if that is not good enough so be it.
  8. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    How true is that Dooms? I guarandamntee you that when a country burns to the ground, anywhere in the world, the first call is not placed to Egypt for Aid, even if the country burning is Egypt.

    I sleep just fine at night.
  9. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    No doubt about it. When disasters happen anywhere in the world the US is one of the 1st to arrive with aid and equipments to help those people out. In return we get nothing back and myself I don't expect anything in return except maybe a thank you and much of the time we don't even get that. Like you I sleep well at night and I take great pride in this country.
  10. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    You're not Michelle Obama.

    :)
  11. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Yeah right?
    Unbelievable, what a country can accomplish and have it's own spoiled citizens behave like in such a way. :cool:
  12. yeahyeah

    yeahyeah New Member

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    Yes because the attack on Iraq that resulted in half a million dead Iraqis and increasing the size of NATO after the fall of the Soveit bloc are extremely vital for our safety.
    And have resulted in stabalization in their respective regions.....not so much
  13. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Staff Member

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    Despite all its pleading rhetoric and extolling of Obama, the true intent of this entire letter can be reduced to its last sentence:

    Translation: Once elected President, please rescind any major US support of Israel and look the other way as we go about finishing the task of "driving Israel into the sea"--the very words we used fifty years ago.
  14. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah after Soviet bloc fell Russia sent all her troops home. Lets not forget China, NATOs purpose changed a little after the cold War with the focus being the sleeping giant China but now with Russia showing that it has not bowed out of the world power game NATO is needed now more than ever especially after many of the former soviet bloc countries went democratic. As for Iraq, well nevermind you are one of those more worried about the Iraqis than our soldiers so I will just say, "it was for Oil."
  15. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Thank You.
  16. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Your delusional.
  17. Royal Laegotti

    Royal Laegotti Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy!

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    :rolleyes:
    Big whoopie!!!! If the U.S. gave the world everything we have, we'd have nothing and they still would hate us no matter what. I wish our govt didn't do this with our tax dollars but we feed and give aid to a large part of the world and yet we are hated, perhaps we should cut them off of our nipples and see how they feel. It goes with the territory of being the best and most powerful country in the world, except it and get over it.
  18. Royal Laegotti

    Royal Laegotti Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy!

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    What a genius!:rolleyes:
    :ralph:
  19. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Gosh let’s sit here and list all the things wrong with Egypt.
  20. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Subversive tripe that doesn't deserve the dignity of being read beyond the second paragraph.

    First, really, but sometimes you have to give a little.

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