On the Eve of Obama’s visit


Written by: Ali Dahmash

On the eve of Obama’s visit to Egypt, Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East are monitoring carefully and closely his visit. All reports and statements issued from the White House are being analyzed and taken seriously. Thereobama-egypt are many issues that concerns and worries the Arabs, to name a few, the end of US military existence in Iraq, Democracy in Arab countries and the talks with Syria & Iran. But perhaps the most important issue is the Middle East Peace process and the Palestinian question. This conflict has been the most vital issue in every Arab mind and soul for the past 61 years. This conflict is the major factor in driving the world Oil prices to go up and down and it’s affecting the economical & social development of millions of people in the Arab countries.

Obama is certainly an unusual US president. He is reaching his hand out to the Muslim world, bringing with him new ideas of Democracy and collaboration based on mutual respect and interest. Obama should not be imposing or enforcing the ideas and methodologies of the West like his successor G W Bush failed to do in Iraq, rather he should be suggesting new ways to democratize the ailing systems of the region. These non democratic governments, whom the US considers as close allies, are not elected or supported by their people and have a bad record of Human rights violation. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority are just an example.

Obama seems to be serious about pressuring Israel to freeze and dismantle the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing international pressure for not announcing a two state solution, has met with the President last month and in response to the uptight relation with the US, he sent Ehud Barak a few days ago to meet with US government officials. Barak will focus on solving issues regarding the Peace Process and ensuring that the 1 Trillion Military deal with the US goes smoothly, in despite of the growing voices inside the US calling for the freezing of Military Aid to Israel, a country that is not per suing Peace. But Obama seems to be keen & eager to bring Peace to a region that has always been cynical about US foreign policy but somehow optimistic and hopeful of the new President.

We are expecting a lot from Obama, but it is actually up to us in this key and significant, turmoil region to make change possible, it is our choice to learn to coexist.




  • Tamara

    Obama should adopt a completely new foreign policy that’s more realistic and less ideological. For one he could stop preaching democracy and start preaching anti-corruption and anti-wasta. These two alone form the main stable of every corrupt Arab despot. Stop those two and you can bring down any despotic rule in one week. Imagine a despotic ruler denied the freedom to blunder his nation’s resources and denied the freedom to give jobs based on loyalty and deny it to those who won’t kiss ass. So Obama, instead of your US military rampaging around the world in the name of spreading democracy-which we all know by now is a bogus quest- you can now rampage in the name of fighting corruption and wasta. Add those two to your terrorism list and to the universal declaration of human rights the right to live free of corruption and wasta. Send US troops where there is wasta and corruption. You will be the most loved US president of all times. HEADLINE: Unmanned Drone Bombs Site of Project Funded by Corruption, no casualties, US mum. HEADLINE: Untouchable Wasta-appointed Official Fired and Disgraced after proof posted on 1000 blogs, Government blames external pressure.

  • Tamara

    Obama should adopt a completely new foreign policy that’s more realistic and less ideological. For one he could stop preaching democracy and start preaching anti-corruption and anti-wasta. These two alone form the main stable of every corrupt Arab despot. Stop those two and you can bring down any despotic rule in one week. Imagine a despotic ruler denied the freedom to blunder his nation’s resources and denied the freedom to give jobs based on loyalty and deny it to those who won’t kiss ass. So Obama, instead of your US military rampaging around the world in the name of spreading democracy-which we all know by now is a bogus quest- you can now rampage in the name of fighting corruption and wasta. Add those two to your terrorism list and to the universal declaration of human rights the right to live free of corruption and wasta. Send US troops where there is wasta and corruption. You will be the most loved US president of all times. HEADLINE: Unmanned Drone Bombs Site of Project Funded by Corruption, no casualties, US mum. HEADLINE: Untouchable Wasta-appointed Official Fired and Disgraced after proof posted on 1000 blogs, Government blames external pressure.

  • http://www.alidahmash.blogspot.com/ Ali

    Tamara, so what do u think of Obama’s speech? did it meet your expectations? do you think he was smart to let us hear what we always wanted to listen to?

  • http://www.alidahmash.blogspot.com Ali

    Tamara, so what do u think of Obama’s speech? did it meet your expectations? do you think he was smart to let us hear what we always wanted to listen to?

  • RTS

    Just curious. Why is this Obama’s job?

  • RTS

    Just curious. Why is this Obama’s job?

  • الأردني الحر

    Keep on dreaming, Iam afraid most of his fans will be realising the disappointment pretty soon..

  • الأردني الحر

    Keep on dreaming, Iam afraid most of his fans will be realising the disappointment pretty soon..

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