Barack Obama was reelected president of the United States for a second term, in a democratic process that reflected the greatness of America; its civilization and diversification; and its professional and competitive political life… a democratic process that showcased the attachment of American citizens to the “American Dream,” universal values, democracy, and the practice of citizenship, by which all are empowered to trigger change, hold people in Power responsible and accountable, and ultimately contribute to running State affairs. Obama succeeded yet again in giving a valuable lesson to all in perseverance, running for elections and winning, but his greatest achievement probably lies in his ability to listen, learn, communicate, convince, inspire, motivate and engage… by tackling real issues that affect people’s lives. “The best is yet to come” said a hopeful and determined Obama, promising to achieve what wasn’t achievable during his first term, putting his victory and leadership skills in the service of his country and all American citizens, without any exception.
Clearly, Obama still has many challenges to overcome, both on domestic and international fronts, paramount of which are: the ability to preserve world peace and stability; the strengthening of the economy; the reviving of the stock market and financial sectors; the control of nuclear proliferation; the reduction of global warming; the nurturing of interfaith and intercultural dialogue; fighting extremism, terrorism and hatred; and finally, facing natural disasters, among others.
As for the Middle East Region, the stakes are high and the expectations are even higher from president Obama and his new administration, hoping to get a compensation over the previous setbacks of America’s foreign policy during the past few years… coupled with a wider and fair role of the U.S. in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the revival of the Middle East Peace Process based on the principle of “Land For Peace” which was reiterated by the Arab Peace Initiative in Beirut… in addition to the importance of supporting “Arab Spring” – which didn’t blossom yet in Syria despite all the bloodshed - and the emerging democracies - stumbling in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia, and targeted in Iraq – as well as fostering liberties, freedoms and human rights, without giving the impression that such support is occasional or opportunistic. He wants to build partnerships with the people from this region, not only the regimes, but also strengthening alliances with the GCC countries to face the eminent danger, which is Nuclear Iran… in addition to contributing in building the knowledge based economies in the Arab Region in order to put an end to poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and encouraging further investment in our natural resources- our human capital- to find new and promising job opportunities for the Arab youth, alleviating and reducing their pessimism, submissiveness and migration, while giving them a higher level and sense of hope and aspiration.
The issue with Barak Obama is that he masters the art of language and hopes and dreams, making many of our leaders- and those around us- seem so old and primitive, as if outdated and expired…so how could they cope with his dreams?!