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Don’t let us down, Mr. President

Don’t let us down, Mr. President

Linda Heard, an Arab News journalist, comments on the eagerly awaited inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th US President, and the first African-American to rule the United States.

January 20, 2009 3:08 by



If there is a sense of knife-edged anticipation here as to the final shaping of Obama’s Middle East policy, it is no less in Israel. It’s no accident that the Israeli government picked a pre-Obama window of opportunity to launch its onslaught on Gaza and now seeks any face-saving pretext to scurry out before Obama’s daughters get their promised puppy.

We will not have to wait long to discover whether an Obama administration can be an honest broker in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Within the coming days, America’s new commander-in-chief will be obligated to speak out on Gaza, which he has so far refrained from doing citing “there is only one president at a time”.

Will he stick to the Bush line, which is basically Israel has the right to do anything? Or will he echo what just about every other world leader is saying, including his ally Britain’s Gordon Brown, who says Israel has used excessive force during an offensive that has cost too many lives? Let’s keep an open mind. Let’s reserve judgment. And in the meantime, let’s congratulate the American people on their pick and wish Obama well in his new job. Good luck, Mr. President! You’re going to need every ounce of it you can get. Please don’t let us down!

First seen in Arab News.



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  1. AP on January 21, 2009 9:39 am

    Reasonably well written Linda. I cant agree with you more when you say let us congratulate the Americans for a good choice. Yes indeed, after such a woeful and miserable second term they gave to Mr Bush.

    This world cant be won by any means but love. Obama has shown willingness to tread that route. Now, as he shifts back to Bible, I hope the main character of the Bible, Jesus Christ, inspires Obama to spread love, peace, happiness and friendly attitude around the world. Let us hope that he wins the hearts of the global citizen and stops the bossy attitude of an American. Let us also hope that he spends no time for violence and war and spreads amity among nations. If this is achieved, all else will fall in place.

    At the same time, it is not fair for us to hope and need Obama to turnaround a down-in-the-dumps economy so swiftly. He will ultimately succeed no doubt because he has nothing to lose. What he has inherited is a ZERO, if not a BIG NEGATIVE from Bush. I know for sure that Obama cant take it anywhere backwards. Next 4 years will rebuild the world. May Christ help Obama on this path. So,
    onward march, get set, GO.

     

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