US pres­i­den­tial elec­tions

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We saw many de­bates be­tween Obama and Rom­ney and an­a­lysts thought that Rom­ney came out bet­ter. On elec­tion day, elec­toral votes showed an ini­tial slight ad­van­tage to Rom­ney. How­ever, af­ter 150 to 160 of the elec­toral votes had been counted, Obama surged ahead and won 332 elec­toral votes, about 45 more than the num­ber he needed to win. The af­ter­math still con­tin­ues and will do so un­til Pres­i­dent Obama ap­points his new team. There are ru­mours that Hil­lary Clin­ton will quit in or­der to build up her own im­age for the 2016 elec­tions.

The US elec­tions pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity to many of our jour­nal­ists and an­chor­per­sons to en­joy vis­its to Amer­ica and keep us in­formed. Pres­i­dent Obama’s vic­tory has again raised many ex­pec­ta­tions and sim­i­lar guess­work is go­ing on as hap­pened when he was elected in 2008. Some of our an­a­lysts are once again wish­ing for the moon. I still re­mem­ber the hype af­ter Pres­i­dent Obama flew to Cairo and Ankara and made speeches hint­ing at a bal­anced US pol­icy to­wards Mus­lims.

He later re­neged on his prom­ises to ap­point an en­voy for Pak­istan and In­dia to help solve the Kash­mir dis­pute, to with­draw all troops from Iraq, to close down the no­to­ri­ous Guan­tanamo Bay prison, to wind up the Afghan War and to help es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state. Ev­ery­thing turned out to be no more than hol­low prom­ises. The Is­raelis have now oc­cu­pied a huge part of the West Bank, usurped East Jerusalem and killed Pales­tini­ans with im­punity. With the United States’ ac­tive sup­port, the Is­raelis are prov­ing with their bru­tal­i­ties that they are no bet­ter than the Nazis un­der Hitler. Un­for­tu­nately, the poli­cies of the rich Arab rulers have been equally dis­ap­point­ing. The US veto power is al­ways used should there be any UN res­o­lu­tion to even ad­mon­ish Is­rael, let alone de­mand­ing that it stop its bru­tal­i­ties. Mean­while, drone at­tacks are re­morse­lessly killing in­no­cent men, women and chil­dren in Pak­istan, Ye­men and So­ma­lia.

In my col­umn of June 24, 2009, in this news­pa­per I had more or less fore­cast this. As far as for­eign pol­icy is con­cerned, Obama and Rom­ney were two faces of the same coin and they hardly dif­fered in their de­bates. There were only some dif­fer­ences in their re­spec­tive ap­proaches to do­mes­tic poli­cies. Vot­ers ob­vi­ously con­sid­ered Obama to be a safer bet. As a “tooth­less” black pres­i­dent he could eas­ily be ma­nip­u­lated by the right­ist fun­da­men­tal­ist es­tab­lish­ment. The Jews see in him a loyal sup­porter. If the Republicans want to win the next elec­tions in 2016, they will have to find a more dy­namic can­di­date who is will­ing to of­fer re­ally dras­tic changes in the pre­vail­ing sys­tem.

Mus­lims in gen­eral, in par­tic­u­lar

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