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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Man, I'm Tired of Being Right

Almost five months ago (my God, really?) I laid out my reasons for supporting Barack Obama for President and one of them was:
"3. President Barack Obama's name and face on TV screens across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia will fundamentally reshape the way American is viewed abroad. They will see that, for once, America elected a more diverse leader. One who for many, will seem much more similar to them than anything they have ever seen from an American president. This will all happen at a time when much of the population of developing countries (especially Arab and African countries, not to mention Iran) are under the age of 25 and vastly more impressionable than they will be in 8 more years. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say the best thing we can do to win hearts and minds in the War on Terror would be to have Barack Obama as President. We have a singular opportunity for this right now that will pass away in a short time."
Yesterday's column by Tom Friedman seems to back me up:
"Egyptians are amazed, excited and agog that America might elect a black man whose father’s family was of Muslim heritage. They don’t really understand Obama’s family tree, but what they do know is that if America — despite being attacked by Muslim militants on 9/11 — were to elect as its president some guy with the middle name 'Hussein,' it would mark a sea change in America-Muslim world relations...'Could something like this ever happen in Egypt?' And the answer from everyone at the table was, of course, 'no.' It couldn’t happen anywhere in this region. Could a Copt become president of Egypt? Not a chance. Could a Shiite become the leader of Saudi Arabia? Not in a hundred years. A Bahai president of Iran? In your dreams. Here, the past always buries the future, not the other way around."
That's great. (Now nobody tell the red states.)

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Anonymous J. Tyler Ballance said ... (10:11 PM) : 

You conclusion is based on the opinions of a few Egyptians? Egyptians are not the ones blowing themselves up in order to KILL FELLOW ARABS.

All electing Obama will do is reconfirm to Osama and his fellow murderers that they can influence American politics with terrorism.

By contrast, electing the combat veteran John McCain, will send a simple yet clear message to the rag heads: GAME OVER.

 

Blogger Robb said ... (10:49 PM) : 

Usually, I try to give thoughtful, well-reasoned responses to commenters on my blog.

For example, to your first point, I might point out that my conclusion is not based on the "opinions of a few Egyptians," as you state, but rather that the article merely supports my point. Also, Egyptians have, in fact, committed suicide bombings against fellow Egyptians and al-Qaeda number 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is Egyptian. Egypt is also the birthplace of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sayyid Qutb, who constructed the justification for "offensive jihad" that is the bedrock of modern Islamic terrorism. Additionally, considering the fact that Egypt is one of the major leaders of the Islamic and Arab worlds, probably a pretty good place to win hearts and minds.

Secondly, I would query you as to how exactly "Osama and his fellow murderers" have influenced "American politics with terrorism", when it seems clear that the misfortunes of the Republican brand were self inflicted by embarking on a war that exploited the terrorist threat to advance a policy (specifically, regime change in Iraq) that had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. A policy that, according to al-Qaeda themselves, played right into their hands and greatly aided them in recruitment and turning worldwide public opinion against the United States. If you have further evidence to support your claim, by all means feel free to reference it.

And finally, I would ask why electing a man (John McCain) who will inevitably continue the same failed policies of the current administration (the same policies that have left both Afghanistan and Iraq in a shambles, and allow Bin Laden to remain at large almost SEVEN years after 9/11) would signify anything to the "rag heads," as you so eloquently put it, other than: GAME ON!

Normally that is the kind of response I would give.

However, you are clearly retarded and, thus, not worth my time.

The previous dissection of your pathetic, weak-minded, and racist assertions was for anyone else who may read this, lest they think I condone or stand for such idiocy on my site.

Good day, sir.

 

Blogger Anonymoustache said ... (12:22 PM) : 

Hey Tyler,
You go right on ahead and vote for the geriatric, warmongering, idiotic "foreign-policy-maven" who called Putin the president of Germany. Yeah, look up the video on YouTube.
Also, make sure you (and all your fellow internet warriors) sign up for the armed forces and lay down your lives for the effort, okay? 'Cos Operation Yellow Elephant run by the Intrepid Forces of Internet Republican Soldiers ain't winning us any wars...so feel free to take a break from gorging on the feces-buffet put out by the Limbaugh/Hannity/Coulter axis of ignorance and evil, and actually go ahead and die for the effort.

 

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