June 9, 2009

WHILE THE ROLE IS A BIT MESSIANIC AND A GOOD BIT CONQUEROR...:

Obama Bonaparte's Campaign (Dr. Hamad Al-Majid, 6/09/09, Asharq Alawasat)

"Is he Obama Bonaparte or Obama the awaited?"

These two opposite descriptions summarize Arab reaction to President Obama's Cairo speech. On the one hand, some analysts like our colleague Fahmi Huwaydi, saw in Obama's speech the "awaited Obama" who will fill the world with justice and fairness, which will replace the widespread injustice and oppression. Others saw him as ill-intentioned, witty, and cunning and a reminder of the famous French leader Napoleon Bonaparte, who visited Cairo as a conqueror, whereas Obama visited as a speaker.

It has been said that Napoleon Bonaparte led a military campaign in the outskirts of Cairo, and so did Obama when he launched a cultural campaign through its streets. Bonaparte entered Cairo holding the Koran, dressed like an Arab, admiring their food, and promising Muslims to lead their march [for pilgrimage] to the holy places in Mecca. It has been said that Obama did the same. He entered Cairo through his former Islamic religion, African complexion, and the religious connotation of his middle name -- Hussein. He even transformed himself during his deceptive campaign into a "mullah," as he recited so many verses of the Holy Koran.


...the American president is best thought of as the Martin Luther/John Calvin of benighted peoples, explaining how they have to Reform to reach the End of History.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2009 7:26 AM
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