Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A Pakistani American Muslim for Dole

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Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A Pakistani American Muslim for Dole


Khan, M. Wasiullah, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A Pakistani American Muslim for Dole

I endorse and will vote for Bob Dole on Nov. 5, 1996. I am a Pakistani American, and this ethnic community has historically leaned more toward the Republicans than the Democrats. Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan were perceived by the Pakistanis to be more helpful and supportive since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947. While India chose a more socialist and pro-Soviet Union stance in the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistan became a partner of the U.S. in the Central and Southeast Asian Treaty Organizations. It significantly helped President Nixon open up to the People's Republic of China in the early 1970s and, with President Reagan's help, successfully supported the Afghan campaign to throw out the occupying Soviet forces in the 1980s.

But the history of U.S.-Pakistan relations is not the primary focus of my position concerning the November 1966 elections. It is more my perception of the conditions of U.S. society at present and in the near future that leads me to conclude that Bob Dole's victory is the only logical step forward.

While about three-fourths of the American citizens who will vote this November are of European descent, the demographics of the U.S. population are changing in a manner that clearly is worrisome for the majority community. I presume various shades of opinion held by this community -- from the extreme right to the extreme left -- evidence a higher level of trust in the Republican Party than otherwise. In my opinion it is neither healthy nor progressive for U.S. society as a whole if the majority community experiences a diminishing sense of security.

Events like the Oklahoma City bombing should be perceived by every American, white, black, Hispanic or Asian, only with anxiety and fear. Our traditions of the "melting pot" and equal participation of every citizen in the democratic process demand that any racial or ethnic community, including the majority community, not feel unjustly treated.

Another significant concern of mine relates to the Democratic tradition of big government, higher taxes and the welfare culture. President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" and President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs were based on the philosophies of 60 and 30 years ago, which have lost much of their relevance to the present-day world scene. Opportunities for every citizen have to be paired with responsibilities shouldered by that citizen. The demise of the Soviet Union has proved after many tragic decades that big governments tend to become wasteful and corrupt.

Taking care of the needy is accomplished more efficiently when the caretaker knows the one who needs help. The taxpayers will feel more comfortable if more human services are provided at the state and local levels, and unnecessary duplication is eliminated.

Somehow, I foresee that the present challenge to the U.S. economy from a united Europe to our east and a more consolidated East Asia to our west soon will become intensely threatening. …

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