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Thoughtful Opinions February 12, 2008

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The American Muslim: “Competing Visions in American Politics: Obama versus McCain” by Robert Crane

Among the two surviving Democrats it may be a toss-up. Hillary is tough as nails and would ride roughshod over opposition, perhaps to the extent even of re-investigating 9/11, whereas Barack Obama likes to avoid confrontation. On the other hand, Obama really has vision for the future and may act to change the very paradigms that control the policy agendas, which, in turn, control policy. Hillary may be too concerned with acquiring and maintaining power to risk any fundamental change, though she has to advocate change, since the majority of Americans want anything other than continuation of the status quo.

Among the two surviving Republicans, John McCain and Mike Huckabee, there is a world of difference. The difference between McCain and Huckabee as well as the major difference between McCain and the Democrats is that McCain is the quintessential NeoCon and the others are not. McCain was a NeoCon leader before 9/11, whereas Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld opposed the NeoCons until 9/11, which gave the NeoCons the golden opportunity finally to take over the White House.

From a lifetime of working both with and against the NeoCons, beginning several decades before any but the real insiders had ever heard of the Neo-Conservative strategy for global conquest, my assessment is that John McCain as president would make the Bush catastrophe look like a mere blip in time.

New York Times: Hate Springs Eternal

I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality. We’ve already had that from the Bush administration — remember Operation Flight Suit? We really don’t want to go there again.

What’s particularly saddening is the way many Obama supporters seem happy with the application of “Clinton rules” — the term a number of observers use for the way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by the Clintons, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.

Washington Post: “A More Islamic Islam” by Geneive Abdo

The secular Muslim agenda is promoted because these ideas reflect a Western vision for the future of Islam. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, everyone from high-ranking officials in the Bush administration to the author Salman Rushdie has prescribed a preferred remedy for Islam: Reform the faith so it is imbued with Western values — the privatization of religion, the flourishing of Western-style democracy — and rulers who are secular, not religious, Muslims. The problem with this prescription is that it is divorced from reality. It is built upon the principle that if Muslims are fed a steady diet of Western influence, they, too, will embrace modernity, secularism and everything else the West has to offer.

BBC: “Thought for the Day, 11 February 2008” by Abdal Hakim Murad

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