Neither Bush nor Kerry offer much for Arab nations

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2004

The 2004 U.S. presidential election may be among the rarest events in which the Arabs find it hard to favor one contender over the other.

... The close links with Bush, his Iraq policy and craven bias toward Israel have earned his nation unbridled feelings of hostility in this strategic region. ... The Bush administration has abysmally failed to heed the sensitivities of the Arabs by behaving so arrogantly toward their countries. ... Bush did not heed Arab leaders' warnings that his military rush into Iraq would trigger bloody chaos, which has become a grim reality none, including the United States, knows how to tackle.

Though pro-Israel bias has been a major part of Washington's foreign policy, never has it been so blatant as it has become with the Bush administration.

Arabs are not amenable toward Kerry either. His position on Israel and Iraq generally echo his Republican challenger's.

Regardless of the winner in the U.S. election, the Arabs are set to have four more grueling years.

The Egyptian Gazette, Cairo

Nov. 2

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