June 10, 2009


Regarding Obama (Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni, 6/10/09, Asharq Alawasat)

The Arab poet says do not stubbornly oppose the one that can do what he says. Barack Obama delivered a beautiful speech full of intelligence, tact, and courtesy unlike his predecessor Bush whose speeches were full of arrogance, haughtiness, recklessness, and highhandedness. Barack Obama gave a just testimony before the world that no other US President has uttered. He referred to the greatness of Islam and cited the Koran several times. He returned the greetings of our prophet and of Moses and Isa [Jesus Christ), may God's peace be upon them. He testified that we made the greatest contributions to the sciences and the arts like medicine, algebra, and engineering and that we forged a great Muslim civilization in the service of mankind. He testified that he is not in a state of war with Islam but in a state of partnership. He asserted that the Muslims are part of America and urged us to forget the past. He asked us to engage in dialogue and to be tolerant and to open a new page. He said that we should not be the prisoners of the past. What great intellect is this, what logic, and what speech! I contrasted it with the speeches of the revolutionary and oppressive Arab regimes that have brought our lands nothing but devastation, wars, and defeats and in which their revolutionaries start their speeches with in the name of the people instead of in the name of God, we will throw Israel in the sea, fie on the despicable who will be expelled [phrase often used by Saddam Hussein], and along list of swearwords, curses, screams, and hallucination that are uttered only by drunkards or fools. Barack Obama chose his words carefully. He did not offend our sensibilities. During his trip and his speech, he acted like the most senior official in the world. He began with Riyadh, the capital of the cradle of Islam, and continued to Cairo, the meeting place of civilizations and the mother of Arab culture. He offered his hand to the Muslim world and he supported the call to interfaith dialogue of the custodian of the two holy shrines.

What is the most proper way for us to behave in such a situation? Our wise elders, decision-makers, opinion shapers, and writers and columnists should answer him with a speech that is rational, sensible, sound, and full of wisdom, softness, and mildness. They should thank him and encouragehim to carry out what he promised and they should march with him step by step.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2009 11:10 AM
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