Where Hope Lies For Muslims in the USA
As per what we have seen in the Presidential “debates”, Romney and Obama have practically identical foreign policy with minor differences and in particular with regards to supporting Israel, national security, Afghanistan withdrawal and Iran. A large proportion of the debate seemed to be Romney and Obama attempting to pull one-liners, ad hominem arguments flying all over the place with both candidates attempting style over actual substance. Furthermore, with regards to domestic policies, sadly both candidates didn’t really pull any powerful punches with respect to giving a step-by-step guide as to how to rescue USA out of various problems.
Now the questions are; where does this leave the American Muslims? Should they vote Republicans or should they vote Democrats? A while ago, we published an article stating that the US Elections are fruitless for Muslims and indeed, we still stand by this statement. In fact, elections anywhere are fruitless for Muslims until and unless we make them meaningful.
How do we do this? The answer lies in the fact that we need to understand our enemy’s perspective and behave according to this. Our enemies do not care whether we are Sunni, Shia, Sufi etc. they only care that we name ourselves Muslims, and this is sufficient for them to hate us. Based on this principle alone, we should be united enough to establish a strong influential Muslim lobby. There is a massive powerful lobby in the US called AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and yet, the Muslims have nothing in the way of a rival to combat such an abhorrent group.
Our lobby should not only be strong in government politics, but also in student politics. There is a massive vacuum in fulfilment of the demands that the Muslims have. Sadly, our biggest problem is that we are mentally incapable as a community of recognising this demand. We have to think bigger and whether the Muslims in the US vote Republicans or Democrats, their vote will only be effective if they have a significant and a strong lobby. If you want to see the power of lobbying, look at the policies of Romney and Obama and just think, how they can be so similar? Hint: research the groups that are backing these individuals………