Obama’s al-Arabiya Chat

27 Jan

The genius of that interview is that it permits Obama to speak directly to the average Muslim in the middle east who is just trying to go about his or her life, and reaffirm for them that America is not hostile to their interests, and wants to insure a better life for all Muslim and Jewish kids in that region.

The past hasn’t worked, so let’s get beyond it and try something new and different. It says, stop this extremist shit and everyone can have a better future – not just your side. In so doing, it gives the mass of non-political, non-extremist people in the region a voice. Maybe not a domestic one, but a voice nonetheless.

It was a true and direct message of peace and moderation that transcends the hyperactive politics of the dictators and demagogues throughout that region.

3 Responses to “Obama’s al-Arabiya Chat”

  1. Ward January 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    What a coincidence.

    Today the International Institute for Strategic Studies reported that Iran should have enough enriched Uranium to make a nuclear device this year.

    Today the Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham denied that the Holocaust occurred, calling it “a concept coming from a big lie in order to settle a rootless regime in the heart of the Islamic world.”

    I trust our President is not doing his Officer Barbrady imitation: “No threat here folks–return to your homes–nothing to see.”

  2. Ward January 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Oh, and yes–one more item:

    “We are awaiting concrete changes from new US statesmen. On several occasions our president has defined Iran’s views and the need for a change in US policies,” said the same Gholam Hossein Elham today.

    Sounds like Mr. Hossein is indeed getting “Change he can believe in”.

  3. Colin January 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    1. America is hostile to their interests. Cheap oil isn’t in their interests. American occupation isn’t in their interests. Israeli occupation isn’t in their interests. These are facts that can’t be overcome with words.

    2. Saying “let’s get beyond the past” sounds great if you’ve spent that past abusing the other party for your benefit. But the past is a bit trickier to leave behind for those who have been invaded, occupied, regime changed, etc.

    3. Saying “stop this extremist shit and everyone can have a better future” implies that extremism is the problem. As nasty as it is, it isn’t the problem — it’s a response to the real problem. Islamic extremism happened for a reason — a real reason — and the longer we cluck our tongues about “the arabs” and avoid examining our own actions, the longer we’ll be in this mess.

    4. I really hope Obama will try “something new and different.” This ain’t it.

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