Wednesday, January 28, 2009

forcibly articulated inevitably conflicted initial responses to the exciting obama era.

There is a notable shift in U.S diplomatic/political discourse with the advent of Obama's presidency, surely, overnight almost, there is a remarkable change of tone, one that is less hostile, more humane, or rather, humanizing. The fact that Obama realizes that arab news/media outlets even exist, i suppose, is noteworthy, as is his messages of "listening rather than dictating" which he described as having been previous U.S methodology. Granted, it is a great achievment to hear that we are finally being conceived as creatures with voices, rather than the condescending paternalism we've all gotten used to the past, oh, decade or so. However, as an egyptian, im getting really tired of being so grateful for the west's tiny little favors such as "listening" or "recognizing" our existence as humans. Sure, Obama is making some great gestures, but they are only as great as their predecossrs were miniscule, and as person with a mind, thinking, assessing, i refuse to be so grateful over something i should by all means take for granted. I guess we should resort to "optimism" about this discourse, but i cant bring myself to diminish my optimism to such grotesquely diminshed standards as small as being consulted in the course of my own destiny and that of my region and people.
(but then again why should we expect more from the U.S than our own leaders ever conceived of giving.back and forth, back and forth.)


raaasa said...

Years ago, I remember reading an essay, the name escapes me, about the characteristics of an unequal relationship of dominant and subordinate. The context of the essay was of an unequal relationship, behaviour and dynamics, between a man and a woman. That essay had a lasting effect on my analysis of relationships around me.

It's that essay with the unequal partnership between a man and a woman that came the mind. The behaviours and assumptions are the same.

Thanks for a thoughtful read.

Anonymous said...

So good

avantcaire said...

years of disappointments - from without and within - have left us afraid to hope in the middle east.
without hope there's probably no downside (no disappointment) and certainly no upside. but what's the downside if we hope - more of the same. it's worth risking it i say. can we dare to be hopeful right now? yes we can.