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Mr. Mazen Motabagani was in the middle of lunch with his family when I reached him on the phone. The scholar said he's just got one question about Obama: "Is he going to look for his re-election or America's real interest?"
Asked what issue is most important for him, Motabagani replied: "Justice in the Middle East. Real justice, not just for one party over the other. I hope Obama gets that message."
Motabagani, who heads the Occidential Studies Unit at Riyadh's King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, added that he hoped the new U.S. president would work for that goal even if it endangered his re-election possibilities.
"If it's one term and one good term, that's better than 40 years."