Muslim women hold placards during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta February 16, 2009. A group of Muslim women protested against the upcoming visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.How can this be? Barack Obama promised in a speech last summer that he would "restor[e] our image as the last, best hope on earth." And in his Inaugural address he promised the Muslim world a "a new way forward" and made his first foreign television interview to Al Arabiya where he stressed his Muslim heritage and roots in Indonesia.
That leaves us pondering how to explain why Muslim women in Indonesia would protest Obama's personal diplomatic representative, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Can it be that like growing numbers of Americans, people around the world have realized how empty slogans of "hope and change" are when matched with policies that are just more of the same failed liberal promises.