Friday, October 29, 2004

Arabs see benefits of Bush

I'm not quite sure what to think of this, but is makes some sense:
In London, the consensus among Arab ambassadors - though they don't say so publicly - is that keeping Bush in the White House would be preferable to starting afresh with Kerry.

Also pointing in Bush's favour is the popular Arab view that second-term American presidents are better placed to take a firm line with Israel than first-term presidents. The theory is that in their second term they no longer need to please the Israeli lobby in the US because they cannot seek re-election again.
Another way to look at it: Would Arab ambassadors support him if they really thought Bush would be successful at spreading democracy in the region?

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