'That black man will never change US policy'

Thursday, November 06, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

While most in the Muslim Middle East have expressed satisfaction, if not outright joy, at the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States, not everyone shares that optimism.

Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Qaradhawi warned that it didn't matter who the presidential candidate was, because "the Democrats are like a snake that kills you slowly without you noticing."

The article said that Arabs should not think that just because the Republican Party is typically portrayed as anti-Muslim that the Democrats are any better.

Iranian daily newspaper Jomhouri-ye Elsami went after Obama himself with a headline reading "That Black Man Will Never Change US Policy."

According to the article, "the most that that black man can do in the White House is to replace some of the staff and change some ceremonial procedures. He will never managed to change the structure of the American regime, which was established by capitalists, Zionists and racists."

The Beirut Daily Star wrote that while Obama may be sincere in changing US policy, he will face "an entire subculture that operates within the American political arena...widely known as the 'Israel' or 'Jewish' lobby" that he will be unable to overcome.

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