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Will the Arabs ever learn?

This US election that has tightened sharply is also of crucial importance to Arabs

Khaled Almaeena

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In 24 hours Americans go to the polls and the new entrant to the White House will be packing his or her personal belongings for a four-year stay. Also in the next 24 hours, many Arabs will be sitting around their TV screens or following on social media the course of events in America.

This is the most divisive election in American history and the focus is all on domestic issues. However, this race that has tightened sharply and become wide open is also of crucial importance to Arabs.

You have Hillary Clinton who has totally bowed down before the Israelis and has pandered to them in very undignified ways. She has made comments, such as her intention of inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to be the first foreign leader to visit her in the Oval Office.

She has gone out of her way to confirm her support for a government that occupies and suppresses, murders young children and practices the worst form of apartheid. The latest revelations from WikiLeaks expose her e-mails that show that she believes the destruction of Syria is beneficial to Israel.

Since most Arabs lack political education and do not do their own research to understand American politics or do their own homework to be able to choose correctly who to ally themselves with, they end up being disappointed

Khaled Almaeena

She is also a woman who has had no qualms about crucifying those women who accused her husband of rape. How will the Arabs deal with a woman who will go to any extent to gain power? Arabs who think she will be good for them should be warned that they are in for a big surprise.

Of no benefit

As for Trump, he too will not be of any benefit for the Arab position. Naive and inexperienced, he will do what he thinks is best for himself. After all, why should he be sympathetic to the Arabs when they themselves are slitting each other’s throats. The political chaos in the Middle East will make him hesitant to step in. Therefore, the Arab world should not expect much from either candidate.

However, the most dangerous is the woman with many faces: Hillary Clinton. But since most Arabs lack political education and do not do their own research to understand American politics or do their own homework to be able to choose correctly who to ally themselves with, they end up being disappointed and let down. Will the Arabs ever learn?

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Nov. 06, 2016.
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Khaled Almaeena is a veteran Saudi journalist, commentator, businessman and the editor-at-large of the Saudi Gazette. Almaeena has held a broad range of positions in Saudi media for over thirty years, including CEO of a PR firm, Saudi Television news anchor, talk show host, radio announcer, lecturer and journalist. As a journalist, Almaeena has represented Saudi media at Arab summits in Baghdad, Morocco and elsewhere. In 1990, he was one of four journalists to cover the historic resumption of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Russia. He also traveled to China as part of this diplomatic mission. Almaeena's political and social columns appear regularly in Gulf News, Asharq al-Aswat, al-Eqtisadiah, Arab News, Times of Oman, Asian Age and The China Post. He can be reached at kalmaeena@saudigazette.com.sa and followed on Twitter: @KhaledAlmaeena

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