‘9 out of 10 terrorists agree … ‘

By Hal Lindsey

An editorial in the Syria Times in August urged Arab-Americans not to make “the very mistake they made in the past when they gave their votes to Bush the Junior” in the 2000 presidential election. Instead, suggested the government-run paper, a vote for Kerry this time would prove to be “a wise one.”

On July 27, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda ran a political cartoon depicting an American soldier bleeding to death in Iraq, with his final words being, “Don’t Vote Bush.”

A June 17 article in the English-language Tehran Times entitled “Pity the Next U.S. president” compared Bush and his neo-conservative advisers to “neo-Nazis” who have created a “stinking heap of a mess” throughout the world. “Kerry,” the paper asserts, “is exactly what the U.S. needs right now.”

Israel’s military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Ze’evi Farkash, told a Cabinet meeting just over a month ago that “Arafat is waiting for November in the hope that George Bush will lose the election to John Kerry.”

And a July 9 tracking poll conducted by Zogby International to monitor the voting trends of 500 Arab-Americans had Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry leading with 51 percent, Bush at 24 percent and Independent candidate Ralph Nader at 13 percent. Twelve percent were still undecided.

Abed Hammoud, president of the Arab-American Political Action Committee and assistant prosecuting attorney of Wayne County, Mich., voted for Bush in 2000, but may be leaning toward Kerry on Nov. 2.

“It breaks my heart to see not only our American soldiers die every day in Iraq, but to also see our fellow brothers and sisters dying in Iraq and Palestine; it’s something that needs to be changed right away,” he told Aljazeera.

The Iranian press has been particularly active in monitoring the elections. The editor of the Egyptian Al-Gil newspaper, Nagi Al Shihabi, was interviewed by the Iranian Al-Alam TV on June 13 and said, “The U.S. wants to eradicate our religious and Islamic identity. Bush declared a Crusader war following the events of 9-11. … The U.S. established its country over the body parts of 120 million Indians. We must first define the enemy. The No. 1 enemy of the Arab and Islamic peoples is the U.S. and not only Israel. … Bush, Allah willing, will go to hell in this coming November.”

During his Friday sermon in the city of Qom, broadcast by Iran’s Channel 2 on June 19, preacher Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli called on Americans to vote against President Bush, saying, “We advise the people of America not to continue to tolerate this oppressing, ignorant, pillaging, criminal, and discriminating administration. In the future, do not vote for Bush and his ilk.”

In an article in Al-Ahram weekly on April 18, an Arab-Israeli member of Knesset, Azmi Bishara, called on Arab-Americans to “rethink their alliance with Bush” and “shift their votes from Bush to Kerry.”

Three polls conducted by the Washington Post this year asked Kerry supporters if they were planning to vote for John Kerry because they wanted him to be president, or if they planned to vote for Kerry in order to defeat George Bush.

The first poll, conducted on March 7, found that 61 percent of voters who planned to vote for Kerry were doing so simply because of their opposition to George Bush.

A second poll, conducted in mid-May, asked the same question and found that number unchanged at 61 percent. By June, those who opposed Bush more than they supported Kerry dropped to 55 percent.

Not wanting their pro-Kerry bias to show too broadly, the Post also put the same question to Bush supporters. Only 13 percent, 11 percent and 16 percent of Bush supporters, respectively, said they were going to vote primarily to prevent Kerry from winning the election.

What these results indicate is that most Kerry supporters would vote for any candidate other than Bush, regardless of his/her policy positions, political record or personal history.

And most of America’s enemies feel the same way.

There is a lesson in here, somewhere.