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What if Romney wins? - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Have the Arabs considered what would happen if the Republican Party won the presidency in the upcoming US election? What would happen if our incapable “friend” Obama emerged a loser, and his pro-Israeli rival Mitt Romney won the election?

This issue is of the utmost importance, and it deserves careful consideration given that the recent American public opinion polls have shown Romney’s popularity to be increasing, and getting closer to that of Obama. The Republican presidential candidate has been able to attract sizeable donations to fund his campaign, propaganda and marketing, and to facilitate his access into certain regions and states that are considered to be traditionally loyal to the Democratic Party.

Romney’s strongest point now is his aggressive assault upon a set of basic programs that the Obama campaign relies heavily upon, i.e. reducing the unemployment rate, reviving the US economy, and the success of the health insurance program known as Obamacare.

Romney, a prominent businessman, has successfully entered into a strong right-wing alliance with major banks and companies, promising that if he wins the election he will rearrange the country’s financial and monitory policies so that these “dinosaurs” can emerge from their slumber.

It is no secret that Romney and the pro-Israeli Zionist AIPAC group have strong ties, and it is also no secret that Romney has a close personal friendship with his “lifelong friend” Benjamin Netanyahu, dating back 20 years to the date when they first met in Brooklyn, New York.

Should Romney become the president, five major issues will come to the fore, and it is our duty as Arabs to examine them seriously:

Firstly, Romney’s attitude towards the US escalation with Iran, would he move from mere sanctions to a military confrontation?

Secondly, would Romney give the green light to the Israeli air force to launch a preemptive strike against specific Iranian targets?

Thirdly, we must consider the Romney administration’s stance towards the Arab Spring states, and the size of the support he would offer them.

Fourthly, how would the Romney administration address the Palestinian cause, the stalled peaceful negotiations, the issue of the Jewish state, and America’s acceptance of Israel annexing Jerusalem as an eternal capital for the Israeli people.

Fifthly, we should consider Washington’s new stance towards Russia and China, both of whom are hindering the action of the international community by aiming to barter over political spoils.

We Arabs are always an absent party when it comes to US presidential battles, and so the results are imposed upon us whilst we sit in the audience.

When this happens, we must only blame our absolute passiveness.