I am a Clinton supporter, but I can see a special role for Barack Obama either as president or vice president in reviving our appeal to the younger (and all too often oppressed) generation around the globe.  Any who follow such things know that these are often on the verge of those in rebellion against oppression and the store that feeds the ranks of terrorists.  The following article in today’s NY Times illustrates such:

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GENERATION FAITHFUL
Dreams Stifled, Egypt’s Young Turn to Islamic Fervor
By MICHAEL SLACKMAN
Across the Middle East, many people are forced to put off
marriage, the gateway to independence. In their frustration
they turn to religion for solace.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/world/middleeast/17youth.html?th&emc=th

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It was the Muslim Brotherhood who assassinated the last great Egyptian peace maker, Anwar Sadat.  One cannot count on a youth revolution not turning violent in itself.  But giving youth a positive role in their societies in more instances than not pulls them away from extremist violence.

I happened to hear on npr a young (anonymous college student) blogger in English from Saudi Arabia.  He can speak out relatively freely in that repressive country because he blogs in English rather than Arabic.  But he reported that his fellow students are extremely excited about Obama.

One can imagine the impact that Obama would have on the younger generation of Iran where they constitute the bulk of its population wearing jeans and being held in check by the mullahs.

Certainly he would have a powerful impact in much of Africa.

We shall see.  I would prefer that he become vice president for the present, but his appeal to future generations may be the hidden asset that will make him a most valuable figure in our future. 

P.S.  Above all I hope Clinton and Obama will not proceed to trash each other.  There are more important things at stake than winning  the nomination!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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