Egyptians Can Learn from American Presidential Race (Amal
“There are some media outlets that support the Republican Party, and
most of these are religiously extremist. … It is fair
to say that to some extent, there is fairness in presenting the ideas of both
parties and enabling a heated debate without insults, where everyone can
express their points of view before allowing the voter to decide.”
Khairat al-Shater, presidential candidate of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party: Given the influence and size of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Shater must be considered the frontrunner in the race to become Egypt's first freely-electd head of state. Election day is May 23-24.
As I follow the Egyptian presidential election, I pray to Allah that
he chooses someone who will lift her up and strengthen her so Egypt can
take its place among nations as it should, Allah willing.
I have also been following the American presidential
As anyone can notice, the Republican Party (if you like, the
religious party) has shown that it opposes the Democrats (liberals, if you like)
on issues like gay marriage and abortion. But the real question is who can pull
the country out of economic crisis and guarantee that it will continue to
remain the global leader. Regardless of party, the average American voter will
choose the candidate most able to fix the country and won’t give a damn who is favored by the media, which loves to make mountains
There are some media outlets that support the Republican Party,
and most of these are religiously extremist. It was
they who spread the news, before the Iraq invasion, that George W. Bush was a
born again Christian and would crush the rise of Islam. There are also channels
that support Democrats and broadcast their ideas.
It is fair to say that to some extent, there is fairness in presenting
the ideas of both parties and enabling a heated debate without insults, where
everyone can express their points of view before allowing the voter to decide.
The Republican Party began with ten candidates, and now at the end of the
nomination process, two are left. Within a few days, this too should be
resolved, and one of them will begin his campaign against Obama.
Let us turn now to the Egyptian presidential election. I ask forgiveness
on the part of Egypt for years of servitude and one-man rule. If we look at
the situation from outside Egypt, we will easily notice the following:
media, which has reached untold levels of stupidity in terms of the frivolity
of ideas conveyed and a debate that is biased against one group and supportive
of another. We have a dysfunctional media that is not up to the task of helping
people make independent decisions during this critical period.
in the actions and statements of those in the Islamic Movement, which have
raised suspicion and skepticism within the hearts of Egyptian voters.
attempts on the part of the media and minority parties to alienate the people
from the Islamic Movement, along with strenuous attempts to lessen the gap between
the Islamic Movement and other parties.
parties are using every means at their disposal to catch up with the Islamic
Movement, the most dangerous of which is to create suspicion about democracy and
to try and portray the majority as abusive and monopolistic.
presidential candidates and their supporters use empty words and have no plan to
revive the country or make progress. Only one has put forward a clear plan that
includes the ways and means for a revival of the country. I hope after things
settle down and the number of candidates drops, we will hear about strong
programs for Egypt’s advancement and recovery in these difficult times.
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situation and multiplicity of demands from competing factions is alarming. At
any moment, this could be taken advantage of those who wish to besmirch democracy.
From this, we ask Allah to protect Egypt.
7)Add to this, the
fact that the modern style of debate has been lost, even among those who are
expected to adhere to an intellectual, educated dialogue.
But despite these seven points, I hope and call upon Allah for
help - and I know that he will protect Egypt and its people from harm. The
solution to all of the issues previously mentioned is not new laws, but the
will of the people. That puts my mind at ease, because the Egyptian people, who
rose up to liberate themselves without any foreign help or intervention, can
with Allah’s assistance make decisions that will bring Egypt to the place we
all want it to go.