The Muslim World's Savior

The best thing I can do for Muslims is vote to re-elect President Bush.

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Despite the poverty and illiteracy that still exist, I can see that the $700 million the Bush Administration is sending there, as well as the lifting of sanctions President Clinton placed upon the country, are clearly helping. Pakistan's economy has never been more lively. As an American, I found that the only hostile environments I encountered were in the homes of rich people, not in the homes of the poor.

To my American audience, I say: fear not our reputation around the world. I have been to one of the Muslim world's poorest parts, and they still believe in America there. To my anti-war audience, I say: the people of the Muslim world are on our side and appreciate our efforts to liberate them. We cannot give up now.

In one four-year term, President Bush has rid Afghanistan of the Taliban, rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein, and brought economic liberation to Pakistan. Can I really expect Sen. Kerry to improve upon this job--considering that he wrote parts of the

Patriot Act

, rejected President Bush's aid to the Muslim world, and did not visit any mosques shortly after 9/11? Not likely.

And speaking of the Patriot Act, do I really want to replace President Bush with an author of the Patriot Act? At this moment, the Administration has one American Muslim citizen detained under the Patriot Act. Yes, it is one too many, and we encourage the administration to allow this man a trial as soon as possible. However, considering the times we are living in and the response our country gave to Japanese-Americans after World War II, I'm inclined to say that--for a "right-wing" administration--one detainee is not that bad. John Kerry has said he would keep 95% of the Patriot Act intact and "strengthen" the other five percent. He only supported the

S.A.F.E. Act

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after the Supreme Court struck down the parts of the Patriot Act that the S.A.F.E. Act had advocated removing anyway.

John Kerry's management of the Patriot Act would not be bette than President Bush's. After all, in order for it to be better, he would have to free the one detainee and after that refuse to arrest any more Muslim Americans. Considering the fact that he has done so few visits to mosques, so few outreach efforts to Muslims, and has a strong voting record against Muslim aid, I find it hard to believe Kerry would suddenly exercise compassion towards Muslims.



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Muhammad Ali Hasan
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