During the last three years, people in Arab region propagated a rumor claiming that both of the tow black stars; Thierry Henry the French footballer, and Well Smith the Hollywood actor Converted to Islam.
The wide-spread rumor was warmly welcomed by people who felt honored to feel that their religion is desired by famous and beloved people like Henry and Smith. This was considered a little victory facing the cultural invasion, globalization, and defeat.
Images of black westerns trigger warmth, Hope and closeness within Arabs, so you can understand their conciseness or unconsciousness supporting for Obama.
IN the Arab world in general and Egypt in particular, the most populated country in the region, it is believed that Barak Obama would be the best choice to put an end to the historical conflicts in the region. He should be the man we have been waiting for a long time.
Most of Arabs and Muslims, which is possible to consider Egypt represent their point of view imagine that since Obama has Islamic roots, he might tackle the Middle East issues differently. Based on the grounds of common religion they hope he would be sympathetic and cooperative. Even after declaring he is Christian and his name enjoys Jewish roots, he remains the best choice in the eyes of the Arabs.
In my opinion many explanations may be made for the Arab support of the democratic candidate, but the majority of these explanations are related to the Arab viewing Obama as an equal.
We believe that since historically Obama and his ancestors were done injustice because of slavery and segregation, he would recognize the anger, frustration and feeling of injustice Arab and the Muslims have been feeling for decades.
"The anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away. To condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding." Obama said in a speech last March reflecting his intention towards the region
Ahmed Elkamhawy , a student in the
Some people in Egypt believe that McCain's military background could lead him to bomb Iran and Syria, since such A solution or behavior would be near to his thoughts and strategy .It seems easy For a man fought in Vietnam and became accustomed with THE atmosphere of wars to Adopt war at any time. Assisting factors would be belonging to the same party which launched war in
McCain was known for fighting against torture, which added so much respect to his image especially in
On the contrary, Obama doesn’t have the same military approach in managing issues. IN addition he promised AN honorable withdrawal from
The experiment of Arab and Muslims with (American white presidents) the white man was tense, uncomfortable. ON the other hand, there is a candidate to feel our historical pain with
In the collective Arab mentality McCain reflects the image of military dictators who came to authority by a coup d'état most of the time. Arabs still suffer from such rulers like Hosni Mubarak the latest heritage of July revolution. Mubarak,80 years, is the Egyptian president who has reigned the most populated Middle Eastern country for over 27 years after al-Sadat assassination in 1981,who was one of July revolution member).
So some Arab believes that Obama is the best since he is someone else is not McCain!
Being different than all previous American presidents and candidates Obama is the image of hope and change, while McCain with his piercing eyes and fair skin is reminiscent of unpleasant memories of the past or signs of the present.
So Obama's age has a strong impact. He is IN HIS forties, reflecting many dreams of today's Arab political youth: the ability to acquire authority monopolized by the elder generations for too long a time.
Demographic studies of the Arab region show that youth shape most of population. This may explain the popularity of the currently jailed EGYPTIAN opposition figure Ayman Nour Who IS 44 years old.