By: Maged Taman
If you are born in Egypt like me where presidents have to die or to be killed to have a new president you should appreciate my great surprise that people in America are getting ready to the next American presidential election 2008. For president Mubark for example his term is 6 years and after you wait for 6 years it is Mubark or Mubark. More recently it could be Mubark or his son. The guy is now an important partner on the war in terrors. The irony is he is the one who created these terrorists.
Going back to the American Presidential election you find a lot of great guys in both parties that look very presidential and many women if they choose to. They do not need only to be good people but also charming in their looks, decency and humor. Another great American politician is Al Gore. I have been following him for a while and he is not only very experienced and likeable but full of wisdom and principals.
If I would to choose a leader next election I would be going through a very challenging mental task. No doubt that my hero is senator McCain but I differ much with the way he thinks how to fight terrors. I am very sure if Egypt would support and sustain an American dictator Senator McCain would blow up our pyramids with missiles from his fighter plain.
There is a difference between terrors supporters and sympathizers and the ability as politicians to stand on other people shoes, unlike the public. There are also people who are neither but can explain to you human behavior. No doubt the families of 9/11 loved ones victims have all the right to hate Ben laden guts (a lot of people believe now it is an internal job, I am confused). No doubt many who were oppressed and died because of the bad policies of America and have very angry families as well. That is how healing and dialogue can lead to a better world. It is anyway very hard time in history.
I am looking forward for the next election since we have very bad luck with the Iraq war and the craziness Saddam left in this country. He demoralized his people that they went into lotting when they were liberated and he did not leave a leader that people can gather around or even they can make accommodate each other. No one would like to see Iraq fail here in America including me since my children will be among the Americans who would pay the bill. The common sense tells you that if you want to do democracy do it right will all the structures necessary to implement democracy. If your aim is to kick some ass and make a friendly government to America just give every thing its name.
For moderate Muslims like me we would continue to pray for a better world to the Arab and Muslims and wait for another American Abraham Lincoln. May be next election who knows.