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Obama Already Won Muslim Hearts And Minds

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Yes, US President Barack Obama has already won the hearts and minds of all the Muslims. He has won the hearts and minds of people of tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border. Majority of the Muslims consider that the Americans have made a historical decision by electing Barack Obama as their president.

He will certainly deliver as the world existence lies in the success of Obama. I have conducted a brief survey in Bajaur Agency. I have found in the survey that the people have attached great expectations with Obama as he is a savoir for the whole world. I think all the creatures in this world will be praying for Obama's success as they have been needing peace. The main problem the world is facing is insecurity and fighting in some parts of the world including Pakistan. If Obama succeeds in restoration of peace that will be his big success.

Now, President Barack Obama is set to attempt a makeover. He will appear at a different Cairo university on Thursday to deliver a speech to the entire Muslim world. Not unlike Condi Rice, Obama is expected to offer an idealistic vision of the future, proclaiming a common purpose as allies who can celebrate their differences and embrace their similarities. But Obama's team hopes to succeed where Rice failed, in changing the deteriorating dynamic between the U.S. and the Muslim world. (See pictures of Islam's soft revolution.)

In appealing to the Muslim world, Obama starts with an advantage over Rice: his biography, which ranges from his international family, which included Muslim members, to his opposition to the Iraq War. As early as April 2007, candidate Obama had ventured that his unique story "allows me to say things to them that other Presidents might not be able to say."

Even before he speaks, Obama has registered considerably higher approval ratings in Muslim countries than his predecessors. A recent Gallup poll found 1 in 4 Egyptians now approves of the U.S. leadership. Governments in the Arab world have welcomed the new tone adopted by Obama in his early outreach efforts. "They are discussing issues, showing their concerns, but they also listen," Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit said of Obama's team during a recent visit to Washington. "I think they are very much different from the Bush Administration." Last month, Jordan's King Abdullah II enthused on Meet the Press, "In the Middle East, this President provides hope ... There's a collective hope that there is a new America."


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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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