Although a recent survey shoed the President leading by almost two-to-one among Arab-Americans against Mitt Romney, the leader of one group warns that a vote for Barack Obama "would be voting for despotism, violence and backwardness in your native lands."
Farid Ghadry, leader of the Washington-based Reform Party of Syria, an outspoken Obama critic and closely linked to Bush era neocons, said, "Arab Americans have no choice but to vote for Romney because not only do we care about America but we also care about eradicating the tyranny we escaped from."
The survey, as reported here earlier, by the Arab American Institute (which is headed by James Zogby, a veteran Democratic activist) in September showed backing for Obama down from 67 percent four years ago to 52 percent today, but Gov. Romney's support is only 28 percent.
Ghadry's endorsement, which he said is both personal and organizational, focused on Syria and Iran and did not mention the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. RPS is an 11-year-old lobby group he started in the wake of 9/11; it has good relations with conservative pro-Israel groups
"Obama feels little concern" about "what could happen to our native lands" or for "the Islamic radicalization of the Middle East" because of "his naive vision or because of his neglect to understand the dynamics that drive the engine of freedom," said Ghadry, a Syrian-born US citizen. He continued:
"If you are an Arab American and you vote for Obama, you would be voting for despotism, violence, and backwardness in your native lands. All you have to do is look at the mess left behind in Syria where Obama has refused to help the Syrian people by stopping the maniac in Damascus killing our women and children the way he has refused to help the Iranian people during their uprising in June of 2009".
Arab Americans make up about 0.5 percent of voters who will go to the polls next month. According to AAI, there are 3.5 million Arab Americans, and one quarter are Muslim. Neither party appears to be devoting much energy to courting the Arab-American vote, particularly compared to its efforts in the Jewish community, which is about twice as large.