The Barack Obama campaign feels the need to create a new position within his campaign: a Muslim liaison ... whatever in the hell that is. But it can be assumed that this is the person Barack will rely on to connect him to the Muslim community in America. This is the same community that was insulted by the recent cover of the New Yorker.
The person likely to fill the new job is a woman by the name of Hiam Nawas who is from Jordan. She apparently played a similar role in General Wesley Clark's campaign in 2004. In an article published in 2005, Nawas wrote. "We need to recognize that the social structure in the Muslim world is very different from America's ... American women need to understand that what is best for them is not necessarily what is best for Muslim women. Advocacy of women's rights in the Muslim world must show sensitivity to local political realities." Nawas wants to focus her battle on "practical" rights such as the right to education, health, and equal pay for equal work. And let's not forget foot baths and toilets that don't face Mecca.