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Obama burned in effigy in Pakistan -- for his "The War We Must Win"

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Submitted by Old Democrat (United States), Jan 1, 2008 at 21:00

Obama was burned in effigy in Pakistan in Aug 2007, not for his religious background, but for his campaign promise to move US troops from the Iraq war to "the right battlefield in Pakistan and Afganistan" and similar statements. Pakistani comments made fun of Obama as an 'ex-muslim' but did not seem to take it seriously.

For example: "Some of these Muslims turned atheists want to doubly show how anti-Muslim they are just to fit in. Pathetic." What this does show, is that the message the US might send to Pakistan by giving Obama success in our primaries, would be a message of war-mongering and irresponsibility -- not of reassurance. "in his own partisan political interest, [Obama] was quite willing to undermine the security of a state whose particular problems he may not even be aware of."

Perhaps in future years Obama may live down his recent gaffes and become a valuable politician, but he can't help us get a positive 're-branding' of America in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world till he 're-brands' himself.

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