In an interview with Malaysia’s The Star newspaper published Tuesday, Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said neither Bush nor Kerry want to address the root problem of terrorism because that would “annoy the Jewish group (voters).”
“If you mention Palestine as the root cause (of terrorism), you will lose the election. So neither Kerry nor Bush will mention Palestine,” he said.
“But surprisingly, the electorate appears to be willing to accept a person who told a blatant lie and to elect a liar as their president,” he said, referring to Bush’s claims about Saddam Hussein stockpiling weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
“The American people are, by and large, very ignorant and know nothing about the rest of the world. … Yet they are the people who will decide who will be the most powerful man in the world,” he said, adding that he thinks Bush will win the November 2 election.
“They (accepted) Blair, and I am sure they will accept Bush. They have already accepted Howard who told a blatant lie,” he said without elaborating.
But Mahathir apparently sees Kerry as the lesser of two evils.
In an open letter dated October 15 to America’s Muslim community, Mahathir urged them to vote for Kerry, saying Bush has been “the cause of the tragedies” across the Muslim world.
“Vote Bush out of office,” Mahathir said.