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A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

 

November 4th, 2008, will be remembered in American and the world history because a Black Man, Barrack Obama, was elected for the White House.

It is a turning point.

It offers hope to all the underprivileged people and communities.

It proves that slaves of one century can become the heads of the states of the next century.

It proves that when people dream, like Martin Luther King Jr dreamt, the dreams can come true.

It reminded me of the day when Nelson Mandela was released from Robin Island prison after 1000 days.

It was nostalgic of the day when Desmund Tutu had received Nobel Peace Prize.

When I saw young people, boys and girls, men and women, white and black feeling awe struck by Obama’s speech, it reminded me of my teenage years when I had listened to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as he spoke for four hours in Bagh-e-Jinnah, Peshawar, Pakistan. I was thrilled. He promised change. He became a hero and offered hope to Pakistanis by saying

Islam is our religion

Socialism is our economics

Democracy is our politics.

At that time I was a teenager, an idealist. Later on I saw democracy and socialism going in the background in Pakistan and Islam coming to the fore front. And then I felt sad when Bhutto government declared Ahmedis as non-Muslims and deprived them of human rights. It was all under the pressure of right wing religious fundamentalists.

I felt really sad when Bhutto was hanged by Zia-ul-Haq.

I just hope that Obama does not succumb under the pressures of right wing Republicans.

Obama has all the ingredients to become part of 21st century mythology.


Some say he is black, others he is half-white, while others say he has risen above the race factor.

Some say he is a Muslim, others say he is Christian, while still others believe he is closet atheist.

Some say he is a capitalist supported by other capitalist groups, while others believe he is a socialist.

People are projecting their fantasies, their dreams, their ambitions and their ideals on him, making him the modern Messiah. I just hope they do not crucify him one day.

I wonder what would he do in the next four or eight years.

Would he end the war in Iraq and send more troops to Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Would the same Muslims who highlight his middle name Hussain burn his posters and American flags in two years?

Would he change the war economy based on imperialistic and colonial dreams and fight for a just and peaceful world?

How would Americans react when he would shake hands with Socialist Leaders of South America or Muslim Leaders of the Middle East?

American psyche needed an enemy after the Second World War, which were Communists during the cold war and Muslims during the war on terror. If Obama would make peace with these enemies what would happen to American cowboy psyche?

I hope Obama helps American people, men and women, Republicans and Democrats to rise above US / THEM mentality and show them that it is not just only about United States of America it is also about United Stated of the World. We are all part of the same family, the human family and our enemies are our distant cousins. I hope Obama helps Americans to grow to the next stage of human evolution.

I am curious to see what friends of Obama will do with the followers of Osama.
 

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