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Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Global View: Arab Media

Nonna Gorilovskaya
Mother Jones
Sept. 2, 2004

...The Egyptian Al Ahram urges Arab-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly for Bush during the last election, to cast their ballots for Ralph Nader -- the independent candidate of Lebanese descent -- this time around. Arab-American voters, it says, should feel betrayed by the Bush administration for its invasion of Iraq, the Patriot Act, and its unqualified support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, but the paper goes on to argue that there are no substantial differences between Bush and Kerry on these issues. (Which is a questionable reading, shall we say.) Mobilizing for Kerry, therefore, would be a signal that the Arab-American vote could be won without concessions on policy positions that matter most to Arab-Americans -- an unwise political move. As Al Ahram concludes:

"Supporting Nader, therefore, whose platform is the only one that responds to Arab-American interests and positions on Palestine, Iraq, civil liberties and world-wide respect for international law, would not only be an act of conscience but an exercise in self-assertion and the only demonstration of electoral strength as well. Far from being a 'wasted' vote, it would constitute the initial necessary investment in a long and continuing process designed to keep all future candidates apprised of the actual worth of the Arab-American vote."