Arab Terrorist Countries Want Kerry to Win in 04

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    The excitement is palpable. You can almost feel it in the air. The dictators of the Arab world just can’t wait for George W. Bush to lose the US presidential election in November.

    Gripped with fear as they watch Bush’s democratic experiment in Iraq take shape, the tyrants and despots of the Middle East are pinning their hopes on Democratic challenger John Kerry to prevail.

    After all, the last thing they want to see is a second-term Bush determined to reform the region, a development that would threaten their grip on power and stymie their efforts to obtain more lethal types of weaponry.

    And so, the rhetoric in the Arab world is heating up, pointing to a real desire to see the US president go down in defeat.

    Take, for example, a recent article in the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly (August 12-18 issue) by Cairo University’s Prof. Hassan Nafaa. Bush, he wrote, is a “wild eyed zealot” and an “evil fanatic”, one whose “departure from the Oval Office will mark the beginning of the decline of the forces of extremism and the rise of the forces of moderation.”

    A Kerry victory, Prof. Nafaa says, barely containing his glee, would mean that “US foreign policy will undergo a major shift that will ultimately impact positively on Washington's approach to the affairs of the Middle East.” In other words, a Kerry administration would be far more compliant as far as the Arabs are concerned.

    An August 4 editorial in the Syria Times expressed a similar sentiment, urging Arab-Americans not to make “the very mistake they made in the past when they gave their votes to Bush the Junior” in the 2000 presidential election. Instead, suggested the government-run paper, a vote for Kerry this time would prove to be “a wise one”.

    Judging by their leadership, the Palestinians seem to feel the same way, with Yasser Arafat said to be among those who is rooting for a Democratic victory. “Arafat is waiting for November in the hope that George Bush will lose the election to John Kerry," Israel’s military intelligence chief Maj.Gen. Aharon Ze'evi Farkash told a cabinet meeting just over a month ago (Israel Army Radio, July 25).

    Following Arafat’s lead, the official Palestinian media has made no effort to hide where its sympathies lie. On July 27, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, for example, ran a political cartoon depicting an American soldier bleeding to death in Iraq, with his final words being, “Don’t Vote Bush”.

    And then, of course, there is Iran. The mullahs, whom Bush famously labeled part of the “Axis of Evil” in his January 2002 State of the Union Address, are also panting at the prospect of a Republican defeat.

    Just last week, on a visit to New Zealand, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that the US government was “looking for excuses” to act against Iran over its nuclear ambitions (Reuters, August 23).

    A June 17 article in the English-language Tehran Times entitled “Pity the Next US President” was even more critical, comparing Bush and his neo-conservative advisers to “neo-Nazis” who have created a “stinking heap of a mess” throughout the world. “Kerry,” the paper asserts, “is exactly what the US needs right now.”

    That the prospect of a Kerry presidency is evoking so much enthusiasm in the terror capitals of Damascus, Ramallah and Tehran is reason enough for Americans, and especially American Jews, to think twice before supporting the Democratic candidate.

    Why, after all, would Yasser Arafat, Bashar Assad and the Ayatollahs want to see Kerry elected, if they didn’t have good reason to believe that he would go soft on terror?

    To be fair, Kerry has sought to dispel this image, taking a slap at the Saudi royal family in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, and subsequently criticizing President Bush for not imposing tougher sanctions on the Syrian regime.

    But these statements did little to dispel the notion throughout the Arab world that Kerry is “their man”. As Martin Sieff, United Press International’s Senior News Analyst, recently pointed out, no one in the Arab world “really thinks Bush will change: And that is why so many old or former friends of the United States in the Arab world are praying for his defeat” (UPI, August 18).

    Nonetheless, it seems, a majority of American Jews continue to lean towards Kerry, as a recent poll by the National Jewish Democratic Council is said to have found. According to the survey, an astonishing 75 percent of US Jews back the Massachusetts Senator, while just 22 percent support Bush.

    With the election just two months away, now would be a good time for America, and particularly its Jews, to start thinking long and hard about the choice they face in November. Because if the Ayatollahs are banking on Kerry to win, then that certainly can not be the right way to go.
     
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    Okay, let's say I agree with most of that.

    Now, would you like to take a shot at explaining why most American Jews will probably vote for kerry?
     
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    I wouldn't be so certain that a majority of the Jews will vote for Kerry. Many I have spoken with have stated that they are going to hold their noses and vote for BUSH this time.

    Many of the Jewish Americans have historically been yellow dog Democrats. Most of the Jewish American's parents or grandparents or great grandparents came from Eastern Europe countries. The guilt has passed on with the desire for everyone to be helped as was the socialist agenda in most East European countries.

    Slowly but surely the younger Jewish men and women are beginning to understand that they have been fooled by the left with their cries of feeling the pain of the people while keeping their masses in poverty and dependent on the welfare dole.

    This time, a majority of Jewish Americans are beginning to understand Kerry means a big win for the enemies of the United States and the Jewish people around the world.
     
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    I like this reasonable side of you, aj! It's cool. Will you be my friend?
     
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    Me, too, AJ! Can we do "buddy" stuff - like make a friendly wager on how the majority of Jews will vote this year? Make it easy on yourself, ol' bosom pal.
     
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    What I don't understand is this: A great many, if not most, Jews in America are either in professional fields (law, medicine) or in some sort of entrepenurial endeavor. Given the fact that people in these fields are generally well-educated and keenly aware of the effects of taxes and governmental inefficiency, why would they be inclined to support the party that is chiefly responsible for tax hikes and increasing governmental regulation? Seems to me they should have figured that out a long time ago. Obviously there is another mechanism at work here which is unknown to me.

    If the Jews feel that the Democrats have their best interest at heart more than the Republicans then they have been mistaken for a long time. Perhaps recent positions and statements by leftists have made the philosophy of the Democratic party so obvious that Jews can no longer ignore the fact that the far left will not lift so much as a single digit to assist Israel. Perhaps it has become painfully obvious that there is an irrational resentment of Jews among the far left which is at least as virulent as that of the far-far right.

    That, and the fact that there seems to be an ever-increasing rift between the NAACP and the Jewish community.
     
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    Unfortunately 'bosom buddy' there is no way of determing how any particular group votes as there are no places on ballots for race, family name, gender or religion.

    There might be individual areas that are heavily populated by one race or religion and some basic assumptions can be derived by certain precinct counts. But to determine majority voting patterns by race or religion across America would be only a generalization and therefore highly subject to error.
     
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    "As intelligence has increased, the people have more and more revolted against theological dogmas that contradict common sense and wound the tenderest sensibilities of the soul."

    Catherine E. Beecher (1800–1878)

    All I can say is 'things they are a changin.'
     

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