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Romney on Muslims fighting Terrorism

In 2008 Presidential Elections, Foreign Affairs, Religion, war on terror on November 27, 2007 by Editor Z

Romney indicates that a cabinet position for someone of the Islamic faith in a potential Romney administration is unlikely.

An interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor about the place of Muslim’s in helping the U.S fight the War on terror, and why they might be crucial to winning such a struggle. He asked Ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who according to the polls in Iowa andNew Hampshire., is a top contender for the Republican Presidential nomination,if he would appoint a practitioner of the Islamic faith, who is also qualified in the field of diplomacy or national security policy, to a high level position in a potential Romney administration.

A Muslim Belongs In the Cabinet
Mansoor Ijaz, Christian Science Monitor Op-ed

I asked Mr Romney whether or not he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on National Security matters, given his position that “jihadism” is the principle foreign policy threat facing America today. He answered… “based on the number of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”

Romney, whose Mormon faith has become the subject of heated debate in Republican caucuses wants America to be blind to his religious beliefs and judge him on merit instead. Yet he seems to accept excluding Muslims based on their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policy making.

Mansoor ljaz, argues that this is hypocrisy on Romney’s part and that moderate Muslims, members of the fastest growing religion on the planet, are key to understanding the many complexities and culture of the Middle East, that Americans and the West in general don’t quite understand.

MY TAKE: On the political front, Romney has just likely alienated another constituency. he and the other three front runners a month or two ago decided not to attend a debate on Hispanic issues and another one centering on African American issues. Combine those with his anti-Gay rights message, not reaching out to young people or War opponents, and one has to wonder who, aside from white Anglo-Saxon under-educated middle class males and married women, does he plan to get support from?

Besides our best defense against terrorism and dismantling Al-Queda is moderate Muslim’s, just like Soviet dissidents helped win the Cold War. If we are going to combat Al-queda, we have to be informed about the culture around them and fluent in the language they speak. If we keep ourselves confined to the realm of pure western thinking, this conflict will rage on without end or in defeat.

A cabinet position doesnt mean that a qualified Muslim would have to be CIA director or secretary of state, but a person of the Muslim faith should have a role of some high signifacance with access to the President in the CIA, National Security Council,State Department, or even as an adviser to the President.

The best chance of defeating any enemy is to know the climate in which that enemy grows and thrives. Then and only then can you turn public opinion against that enemy and win that struggle.

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