I just read this in the New York Times:
Obama Will Make Visits to Middle East and Europe – NYTimes.com:
Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will visit Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and Britain. On a separate trip, he also is planning to tour Iraq and Afghanistan, although aides declined to disclose details or the dates of his travel for security reasons.
I wonder who officially receives the candidates in a US election when they visit foreign countries. I think that HM The King met John McCain when he visited Jordan last time.
The name of the “other” candidate, McCain, has been making the rounds in Jordan.
The Jordanian press (and with it, the whole political scene) was abuzz with commentary and condemnations for the past 10 days over a ‘Jordan as an alternative Palestinian homeland’ pronouncement attributed to a McCain aide by Ammoun News (who apparently copied the information from a blog). The statement was denied by the aide.
I saw a front page article in Al-Ghad on Saturday, where a McCain is statement is quoted as saying that he believed that the Palestinian’s people homeland is in Palestine [Arabic link]
As for Obama, I hope that his visit to the region emphasizes to him how immensely this region, and the world, would benefit from even just a little bit of American evenhandedness when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The past 8 years have been quite disastrous for the region when it comes to democratic and social reform. American foreign policy is one of the biggest factors to blame for that.
Polls consistently show that Arabs and Muslims admire America’s democracy and innovation (not to mention food , but resent its policies. If America could rise up to its own values of justice and the right to self-determination when it comes to Palestine, the Arab world, the Islamic world and the entire planet would be in a much better shape. Many would say this is stupid wishful thinking. I am not naive. I understand that America is not just about its president and that there is a whole political establishment behind its actions.
But I retain a glimmer of hope that Obama might have a different understanding of justice that what we’ve seen during the past 8 years.