Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Obamanalysis

So, in case you aren't totally oversaturated with all things Obama, here's a couple little things from around the time of the election that I've been wanting to share.

Shortly after the election, the New York Times printed a piece about Middle Eastern reactions.

Some striking quotes from it:
Dare we hope that the eight-year nightmare is over? (damasceneblog.com, Syria)

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A new day dawned in Cairo today. As it does every day.

And it started as it always does: with birds, schoolchildren and car horns. No national holiday here.

I’m looking forward to going out in the streets to hear the reaction. The best reaction I’ve heard so far: “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.”

Bah humbug. I confess I’m moved. (The Skeptic, elijahzarwan.net/blog, Cairo)

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There was an awful lot of money in Obama’s campaign ... A great chunk must have come from carefully planned investments by C.E.O.’s and multinationals. Will Obama be able to confront the mega-corporations? Does he want to? The poor and the colored population of the world, including that of the U.S., is the one that suffers most from malnutrition and hunger and food insecurity. We know now that mega-corporations, pushing for more profit at any cost, are responsible for most of the damage. Will Obama do something about that? Does he want to? Can he? (landandpeople.blogspot.com, Lebanon)

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So Obama, the booma, won the elections. I had already predicted that in my post “A long American-Iranian Film.”

I said the following, “My hunch is — and my hunches are rarely wrong — if Obama the booma wins, and he will, by a small margin, Iraq will be handed over to Iran ...”

I also said that Obama will strike a deal with Ahmadinejad on Iraq and in particular southern Iraq.

And lo and behold, the vice president for the booma Obama is none other than J. Biden. J. Biden. ... is an ardent supporter of the partition of Iraq into three statelets. No wonder Maliki & Co. were also backing the booma along with Iran. I also know that Iran had generously contributed to the Obama campaign.

... I shall not congratulate you on your 44th president. He will simply finish off what the other Zionists had started — the final partition of my country.

To hell with all of you and all of your presidents. (arabwomanblues.blogspot.com, Iraq)

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For me, this is not just about history, this is about someone who was able to bring down the very people that broke my country. It’s a great punch to the very people that destroyed the individual Iraqi. And that to me is an enough victory.

I will only have to say to Mr. Obama, don’t let us down. (neurotic-iraqi-wife.blogspot.com, Iraq)


And, if you haven't seen these already, here's some reactions from around the world: A 5 minute Radio Piece

Photos of Reactions around the World


It is really an amazing time.

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