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America needs to hear a clear strategy for the Middle East at VP debate
In the wake of last month’s violence AIFD calls on the two campaigns to step away from partisan politics and define a vision for US relations
PHOENIX (October 11, 2012) – Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith” issued the following statement on behalf of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy on what America needs to see from tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate:
“The American Islamic Forum for Democracy is calling for the two presidential campaigns to step away from partisan politics and use tonight’s Vice Presidential debate as an opportunity to present their foreign policy vision for the Middle East.
To date the United States has squandered the opportunity presented by the “Arab Spring” to define a path towards liberty. The people of the region are looking for true leadership from the west and an advocate for their freedom.
It is in the best interest of the United States to play an active role in redefining this region. The attacks of September 11, 2012 clearly demonstrate that the threat is stronger than ever. Our lack of resolve and determination only feeds the Islamist agenda on the ground. While America remains on the sidelines rest assured Iran, the rest of the OIC countries, Russia and China will play an active role in shaping the region
This presidential election is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is the generational shift that is occurring in the Middle East. If we ever hope to have true national security, we need to elect a President that understands the stakes and the motivations of the actors in the region.
The American people deserve a real discussion of the issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and a clear demonstration of each campaign’s vision for the future of the Middle East.”
About the American Islamic Forum for Democracy
The American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. AIFD’s mission advocates for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state. For more information on AIFD, please visit our website at http://www.aifdemocracy.org/.
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