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Frightening or naive?

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in response to reader comment: President Obama's speech was frightening

Submitted by BA (United States), Feb 9, 2009 at 21:54

I wish President Obama every success in his foreign policy. I don't think it is frightening or at least I hope not. Naïve is probably a better description. I see his point of talking to the Arab world through Al Arabiya and not through Al Jazzerah. At least the former is trying to be pro-western under its current editor in chief, Abdurrahman Al-Rashid while Al-Jazzerah has multiple personalities. Having said that, I don't think appealing to the Arab world is a wise idea. As a matter of fact, the Arabs would assume that appealing to them is a sign of weakness. The Arab world will never be satisfied no matter what the US does or does not do. They will always (the majority of them) be angry for some reason that only God knows.

President Obama will realize someday that appeasing the Arabs is a lost proposition and the more you give in, the less you will get in return. Arabs have Israel to complain about but anyone who understands them knows that even if Israel is thrown to the sea or doesn't exist at all, they would still be angry and hostile to"Al-Yahood wa annasar" no matter what. The ideology that is promoted by Wahabbis and Salafis does not believe in diplomacy. It only believes in the power of the sword. It is radicalizing Moslems almost everywhere and this requires a long and smart planning. Obama or the next president, unfortunately, won't solve this. It is going to take a while to defeat the new enemy and it's ideology. It seems that Obama is doing trial and error with the Arab world and I wish him the best even though I have my doubt that this policy will take us anywhere. To put it in a simple statement, Arabs do not know exactly what they want.

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