I mentioned last week that Sweden’s prime minister had expressed his public support for Barack Hussein Obama in the upcoming US presidential election.
Is it my imagination, or is it becoming more and more common for leaders and public figures to endorse American election candidates?
It seems that the preference is always for the Democrat candidate — if any foreign leaders favor McCain, they are keeping quiet.
Now we have opinion polling in foreign countries on local support for the American presidential candidates. And these polls aren’t only being done in relatively civilized places like Sweden or France, but also in various backwater outposts of the Third World.
AKI has the report:
Democratic candidates gain support abroad
US presidential candidate Barack Obama has generated broad support in Afghanistan, while Somalis would prefer to work with his Democratic rival Senator Hillary Clinton.
These are the findings of a survey conducted by the international think-tank, The Senlis Council, in Afghanistan and Somalia in March and April.
According to the think-tank, the results of this year’s US presidential elections are “critical to both countries,” as they are both “strongly affected by US policy”.
When asked which of the presidential candidates they would back, 69 percent of those questioned in Afghanistan favoured Obama, while 26 percent were in favour of Clinton.
In Somalia, 47 percent of civilians surveyed supported Clinton, while 44 percent backed Obama.
“What we are seeing is that Afghans have overwhelming support of Senator Obama because they are attracted by his promises to bring peace and end the war in Iraq,” said Norine MacDonald, president and lead field researcher of council.
“Most interestingly, we found unified support for Senator Clinton amongst Somalis associated with the Islamic courts, and the extremist parts of the community. According to their perceptions of Senator Clinton’s character and experience, she is best suited as a partner to build peace with Muslims.”
So Hillary is the Shariah candidate, eh? Eat your heart out, B. Hussein!
But, given his madrassa education, why wouldn’t BHO be better for Somalia?
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Somalis said that Obama would avoid engaging in Islamic issues because he would be vulnerable to allegations of being overly sympathetic to a Muslim viewpoint, given his family’s Islamic background.
Obama is the son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas, who met and married in Hawaii. Divorced when Obama was a child, his mother then married an Indonesian man and the family moved to Jakarta for four years.
Although his father and step-father were Muslim, Obama is a practising Christian and attended secular and Catholic schools.
No mention of the madrassa. And also no mention of Barack Hussein Obama’s pitch-perfect mimicry of a yodeling muezzin.
“Obama will not be able to deliver a positive working relationship with the Muslim people. The US people are very suspicious of his Muslim background and if they see him in a room with Muslim leaders they will not trust him to represents US interests,” said one of the respondents in Mogadishu.
The strongest support for Obama in the Somali community came from those most closely associated with the Somali government.
John McCain does merit a mention. Unfortunately, however, the senator can’t expect many votes from precincts in Mazar-e-Sharif and Baidoa:
In Afghanistan and Somalia, there was little support for the likely Republican nominee John McCain.
In both countries, support for Senator McCain was very low, with just 5 percent of respondents in Afghanistan and 9 percent in Somalia opting for the Republican nominee.
“McCain is no different to Bush at all. We would be very concerned if McCain was elected,” said a businessman from Mogadishu.
“The whole world is looking to the US to bring back the dignity and morality of the US.”
Ah, yes: dignity and morality. It will be 1999 all over again!
And what is the Senlis Council?
The Senlis Council is an international policy think tank with offices in Kabul, London, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro, Brussels and Paris.
Of course — Brussels! I should have known.
I don’t think Sen. McCain will get many votes in Paris or London, either.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni