Thursday, November 06, 2008

Why are they so happy?

Yesterday was an historic day. Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected to the White House. The scenes of jubilation reminded me of the time when US troops invaded Iraq and Saddam Hussein’s statue was toppled.

I ask myself. Could some of the happiness of the American people be due not so much to Obama’s having defeated his Republican rival John McCain, but that somehow these people have mistakenly seen this as a toppling of the immensely unpopular George Bush?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All the jubilations are symbolic. Obama elected as the first US black president is seen as a breakthrough for blacks from the US right up to Kenya. In the case of Iraq, toppling Saddam could just be an illusion that democracy has arrived in that country. Now the real test has begun. Can Obama delivers his promises four years from now? Can democracy take roots in the Iraq? let alone the whole of middle east. The great American dream could turn into a nightmare while democracy in Iraq could just be a fable from the Arabian Nights.