The Muslim-Friendly Obama Administration?

•1. The Introduction:

It has been reported that the peace-oriented current USA President Barack Obama's advisors are planning to have terms like the "Islamic radicalism" removed from a national security document. Further, it is reported that the document is still being written and as such is not yet fully ready.

•2. The Implications:

At the outset, the reported move referred to above seems to be quite logical and good for bringing peace to the trouble-torn Middle East, Afghanistan and other parts of the Muslim world. In addition, it may improve ties between the USA and the Muslim world significantly as shown below:

•A. The USA-Muslim World Relations:

The relations between the USA and the Muslim world had taken a beating in the days of the invasion-of-Iraq-fiasco of the President Bush following the unfortunate 9/11 tragedy. The Muslim people had become the objects of the suspicion not only outside the USA but in the USA itself! This had created much unwarranted bitterness in relations between the Christian and the Muslim communities. But, the removal of the terms like "Islamic radicalism" shall in all likelihood send a strong friendly message to the general Muslims all over the world that the Bush-Era-Suspicion is gone and the new dawn of the mutual-trust has taken place.

•B. The Peace in the Muslim World:

The 9/11 tragedy was followed by a wide spread uneasiness and restlessness in the Muslim world. For example, The Taliban elements on being thrown out of the power in Afghanistan took asylum in parts along the Cyclonic Pak-Afghan political boundary. This had its disastrous effects in terms of the disruption of the peace in Pakistan as many Pakistanis got into its fold and created havoc through suicide bombings. Such uneasiness and restlessness may subside to a great extent, now.

An USA National Security Council staffer has been quoted as having said, "You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say- ‘We're building you a hospital so you don't become a terrorist.' That doesn't make much sense." However, it is to be pointed out here that building a hospital in the extremist-dominated areas does not mean the presence of the totally wrong assumption of every Muslim being an extremist in that area. Rather, it's a way of saying to the people in the area "- See, we do care for you genuinely, that's why we're building a hospital for you, we know that the majority of you aren't extremists, please, don't have any sympathy for the extremists.."

So, the humanitarian efforts like building a hospital is actually a way of trying to ensure that the general population are won over psychologically by winning their hearts and minds to such an extent that they no more provide any kind of direct or indirect support to the extremists - be it in terms of the moral or the logistical support. Such a gain through the genuine humanitarian work certainly helps suffocate the supply of the oxygen to the violent extremism. Secondly, with the optimum mutual trust being in place and fully operational, the steps like the engagement on fronts such as the health, education, etc. create a symbiotic beneficial relationship between the two communities. Thirdly, the creation of such a symbiotic relationship as aforesaid is likely to help finish off the violent extremism very fast leading in turn to establishment of the peace and prosperity.

•C. The General World-Effects:

The presence of the bitterness in relations anywhere in the world is not conducive to the healthy development of the Maanavataa [humanity] in terms of all its facets like the trade and commerce, development of science and technology, peace and prosperity, etc. The USA can engage the Muslim world on fronts like the healthcare, science, business and education, etc. only in the presence of the peaceful conditions all around. Also, it's equally true that the USA has to engage the Muslim world on all these fronts to bring in both the short-term and the long-term sustainable peace in the parts of the Middle East and elsewhere. Thus, it's an intricately related cycle.


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