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The elections in Lebanon were a very pro-western surprise. People are calling it the Obama Effect.

…President Bush with his Axis of Evil bluster has been replaced by President Obama with his clear diplomatic message of resolve and hope.  It seems as though an American President may be affecting the Iranian elections again, this time positively.  From the recent polls it looks like Ahmadinejad is in trouble.   His main opponent, Hussein Moussavi, is a reformist who is running an Obama style campaign attracting a huge youth surge.   Moussavi stands for equal rights for women and decries Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy as “adventurism, illusionism, exhibitionism, extremism and superficiality.”  In this election, Obama appears to be helping the candidate who is real relations to America.   The American President is a role model instead of a straw man.

Likewise in Lebanon.   As the New York Times reports, until recently it seemed as though the Iranian backed Hezbollah party would win the majority.  Now it looks as though the coalition that is more favorable to America will retain power.

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