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 after the Supreme Court struck down the parts of the Patriot Act that the S.A.F.E. Act had advocated removing anyway.
Yet Senator Kerry should be the best friend of all American Muslims, considering that he is the most liberal Senator from a state like Massachusetts, where befriending Muslims would not be a bad thing. Thus, if he cannot bring himself to embrace Muslims as a Senator, why would he embrace us as President?
I hate the Patriot Act. However, I believe President Bush's management of such an Act has been extremely responsible.
Despite my temporary detainment, I was allowed to board my flight. The police officers and FBI agents were extremely polite. I spent the hour of detainment talking to them about football and how unfair it was that Los Angeles still didn't have an NFL team. It caused one officer to lament, "I wish they would just let me clear you because you're more American than I am."
I let the Bush Administration know about this check, as well as other security checks or deportings that seemed unnecessary. I believe the administration has been quick in its response to civil rights concerns, as more immigrants from the Muslim world are moving again to America, and very few are deported.
The road to peace, especially in the Muslim world, is a tough one that calls for difficult decisions. President Bush has given the Muslim world aid, outreach, and even love. And that is why voting to reelect the president is the best thing I can do for Muslims around the world.