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Le Quotidien d'Oran, Algeria

Muslim 'Suspicion' Over Obama's 'Operation Seduction'


"Although Obama's speech genuinely expressed his vision on the future of ties he wishes to establish with the Muslim world, Obama must quickly follow up with strong action. This is the only way to begin tearing down the wall of suspicion that decades of humiliation inflicted by the U.S. on Muslims has erected in the Islamic consciousness against all things American."


By Kharroubi Habib


Translated By Sandrine Ageorges and Alexandra Griffiths


June 5, 2009


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President Obama makes his case in Cairo: While welcoming the president's message and the way he delivered it, many Muslims are waiting for action to follow the words.


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In Cairo, Barack Obama gave a speech addressed to Muslims across the world that will go down in history. Because in the future, this speech will be considered either the founding act of reconciliation between America and that part of humanity with which up to now, it has had relations marked by sectarian prejudice and often violent conflict, or as a cynical new coating applied to the same old view of relations, seeking only to mitigate the hatred and resentment that the United States stirs up in the Muslim world.


For the time being, the extraordinary communicator that is Barack Obama, has managed to capture the interest and sympathy of the Muslims he addressed in a "manner" and with words that they haven't been in the habit of hearing from previous presidents of the greatest world power. They were sensitive to the apparent empathy he expressed toward their religion, their problems, and their aspirations.


But if the "Cairo Declaration" was largely well-received by Muslims and Arabs, they remain fundamentally suspicious of the American President's "Operation Seduction," and are waiting to see how he'll translate, in practical terms, his promise of a new American approach in its relations with their world. In other words, although they acknowledge the good intentions that the American President claims to harbor toward the Muslim world, they await, first and foremost, demonstrations rather than mere verbal representations.


Although in his Cairo speech, Obama genuinely expressed his vision and thinking on the future of ties he wishes to establish between his nation and the Muslim world, he must quickly follow up with strong action in that direction. This is the only way to begin tearing down the wall of suspicion that decades of humiliation inflicted by the United States on Muslims has erected in the Islamic consciousness against all things American. 




Quickly, because time is against the American President. Indeed, his current extraordinary popularity in his country and across the world is at risk of eroding. This will prevent him from continuing to shake up the status quo and the calculations that provide the framework of American policy toward the Muslim world. Even though for now, his Cairo speech hasn't faced radical opposition in his country and only predictable opposition from the Zionist state, Barack Obama is nevertheless going to have to reckon with it [Israel] if he dithers over putting into practice the changes that he claims to hold dear.


It will be in the weeks and months ahead that we'll be able to judge in what sense Obama's Cairo speech was a historic one - and before we know, as one observer said, "whether he's just an illusionist or a man who can change history."


For now, let us reply "Oua Alikoum Salam" or "Salam alikoum" (may peace be upon you), the words used by the president at the beginning of his speech to the Muslim world.



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