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.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?
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.
Friday, October 29, 2004
Arabs see benefits of Bush
I'm not quite sure what to think of this, but is makes some sense: