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Submitted by Gilan (Israel), Nov 11, 2008 at 04:00

Maggie,

I quote:

"I had confidence that the American people would reject Obama when they learned about his extremist political views, dubious associations, and biographical mysteries. I am astonished that these problems hardly registered, I feel bewildered by my own country, and apprehensive by what comes next."
- Dr. Pipes

Dr. Pipes expressed his astonishment, bewilderment, and apprehension about the direction his country is going. I at no point claimed that I have a problem with Americans electing a black man. Americans can elect whoever they want. They can even elect a man SPECIFICALLY because he's black if they want. I don't care. I have nothing against Mr. Obama, aside from the several worrisome issues that Dr. Pipes has pointed out. I hope that his reign is a successful and peaceful one.

Yes, Jews have suffered much from discrimination. You are correct that Israeli Muslims vote and hold elected offices in Israel. I am very proud of that fact, and I am a strong proponent of furthering equality for minorities in this country.

I don't see how my statement was in the least bit hypocritical. I merely stated that if Dr. Pipes is so astonished, bewildered, apprehensive about the situation in the US, he has alternative options. I would be ecstatic to see him bring his wisdom, strength, and candour to Israel.

I wish the best for you Maggie, and for us all.

-Gilan
Jerusalem, Israel

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