At what point does an individual stop supporting the lesser of two evils? asks Remi Kanazi in the Worldpress dot org Opinion Page on 11 Feb 2008. The question has became particularly important of late, as one man ascended to political stardom ostensibly breaking free from the evils of mainstream politics and creating a platform based on hope and change. This transcendent figure is presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama.
Searching for substantive policy, I began to chip away at Obama's political posturing and came to a daunting conclusion: there is a multitude of reasons why one shouldn't vote for Obama . . .
Surprisingly, this is a politician who once curried favor with prominent members of the Palestinian community.
Post-9/11, inexperience in foreign affairs has been a sore point for all Democrats. There is nothing more troubling than a field of candidates trying to prove themselves to their opposition.
Contrary to public perception, Obama is not a humanitarian. . . . he supports an eventual end to the war primarily to alleviate America's financial and militaristic burden. His position illustrates a profound difference between a humanistic and militaristic approach to Iraq, the latter of which will have a dramatic negative effect on Iraq's civilian population. Moreover, Obama squarely blames Iraqis for their own misery, focusing little attention on the American campaign.
Also see A Liberal Seeing Both Sides
On 18 December 2009, Debbie Schlussel wrote: And while Obama may not identify as a Muslim, that's not how the Arab and Muslim Streets see it. In Arab culture and under Islamic law, if your father is a Muslim, so are you. And once a Muslim, always a Muslim. You cannot go back. In Islamic eyes, Obama is certainly a Muslim. He may think he's a Christian, but they do not.
Debbie Schlussel writes on 27 January 2007: I was right on the money about Obama's sympathies and loyalties. To whom will he be more sympathetic and loyal--his Muslim family members or you? If you picked you, your ego needs a deflation (and your brain, an inflation).
"In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging," Senator Obama laments. "I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."