US elec­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­

The world to­day is in a state of alert and fol­lows the US elec­tion for var­i­ous rea­sons, so it is no sur­prise the Arab me­dia is also fol­low­ing it. The ques­tion here is how does the US elec­tion af­fect us in the Mid­dle East, which has been in tur­moil for years. Why we are fol­low­ing the elec­tion? What’s in it for us?

I am a keen ob­server of the US elec­tion. I find that the method and the elec­toral process, as well as the de­bates be­tween the can­di­dates and their deputies, have a demo­cratic value that we need to em­u­late here in the Mid­dle East. We all un­der­stand that the po­lit­i­cal game con­tains el­e­ments of ex­cite­ment and a lit­tle drama. It is also an art and sci­ence, so it is nat­u­ral that each party would try to do what­ever they can to get more votes. It is a race to win, so some ac­tion won’t hurt.

As for the im­pact of the out­come of the US elec­tion on us here in the Mid­dle East, I do not think the re­sult would be able to ex­tin­guish the fire, es­pe­cially if the US con­tin­ues to shake trust with its allies here in the re­gion by is­su­ing laws such as the JASTA law that serves no in­ter­est for US pol­icy in the re­gion. Maybe there are things we do not know about Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, but the United States would be com­mit­ting a mis­take if it re­sorts to ex­trem­ism in deal­ing with the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC).

Since I am an ob­server of US pol­icy in gen­eral for a long time, I am very bi­ased to­wards the Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton. I know I’m not a US ci­ti­zen and have no right to vote, but I am en­ti­tled, in my opin­ion, as a woman to sup­port her. To me, Clin­ton proved to be a coura­geous lady who worked hard to reach suc­cess and stand for the pres­i­dency of what is con­sid­ered the most pow­er­ful na­tion in the world to­day.

Most sta­tis­tics con­firm that women are more in num­ber than men. The prob­lem here is that women in gen­eral in all so­ci­eties of the world feel jeal­ous to­wards suc­cess­ful women, and there­fore they do not sup­port suc­cess­ful women or those who are try­ing to reach the top! Some freak out when I say I sup­port Hil­lary Clin­ton be­cause she is a woman and has a right to stand to de­mand what she wants ac­cord­ing to the law and con­sti­tu­tion. Men be­ing bi­ased to­wards men is con­sid­ered ac­cept­able, but women be­ing bi­ased to­wards women is seen as un­ac­cept­able!

In my opin­ion, the state­ments of Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump against Mus­lims, women and mi­nori­ties are scary and shame­ful. The empire Trump built brought per­sonal suc­cess for him­self and his fam­ily. We won’t die if we do not use his golf cour­ses. The sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East is very wor­ry­ing and re­la­tion­ships do not seem con­sis­tent among most coun­tries. We in the GCC are bound by a com­mon fu­ture, the most pow­er­ful of the last links of his­tory. We have to warn those who are try­ing to spread strife at home, ei­ther through cur­rents of rad­i­cal Is­lamism or from abroad, who may now be drum­ming for a can­di­date like Trump and calling for laws against the Gulf states, start­ing with Saudi Ara­bia.

The US elec­tion is a les­son for Arabs to learn how they should choose a can­di­date by ex­er­cis­ing democ­racy, whether for the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, Na­tional Assem­bly or the shura coun­cil. We have to re­al­ize that a tick mark draws the fu­ture and this is the value and beauty of democ­racy.

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