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Reader comment on item: Insight into Obama's Middle East Policy?

Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Dec 30, 2008 at 12:55

If radical Islam is not dealt with, there will be more trouble down the road for the Obama administration. Ignoring it or treating it with a band-aid is not curing it. Talking about a solution to the Middle East turmoil is one thing; doing something about it is another. "Weakness and appeasement" never won anything.

The ever-increasing dislike of the US is directly related to its weakness in making a stand against terrorism and radical Islam, and has problems sticking to its guns. Israeli MK's have said that if they propose a 48-hour truce in the present conflict and Gaza breaks that truce with a rocket attack, then Israel will have to retaliate. Great!----that is not appeasement but defending one's land. We need to see more of this stance against this type of attack, which is directly related to terrorism and radical Islam, which is also the driving force behind most of the problems in the MIddle East and many of the Muslim countries, and countries where Islam is taking a radical bent.

It seems that the Bush administration has given up on fighting radical Islam, that George Bush himself is very tired, fed up with being the president and happy to hand over the reins of power to Barack Obama. At this time, no one can predict exactly what the Obama administration will do differently than the Bush administration, but we all hope that the future of our country, and of the world, will not be something that we approach with fear, but with the certainty that the world wakes up to how to fight radical Islam and never to give up.

Did not Obama say that he supports Israel's right to exist? Does he really understand what an overflowing plate he has to deal with? America will lose its place in the world as a strong ally of democracy if we fail to support Israel. Supporting Israel is part of the larger picture of the ever-elusive peace for the Middle East, and must be counted as important. Also support for Israel's existance is a blow against radical Islam and stronger support will perhaps build up our resolve to really do something positive about the Middle East, regardless of party loyalties. Let's see where the Obama administration takes us in 2009. Reading Martin Indyk's and Richard Haass' book might steer our next president in the wrong direction.


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