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Last summer, in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House at the end of one of his many trips to Washington D.C., Mark Arabo said he implored one of President Obama’s national security advisers to bomb the Islamic State in Iraq.
“We said we need airstrikes and aid,” Arabo said.
Soon after, back in San Diego, Arabo watched on television as the president made the announcement: Airstrikes were coming.
Arabo felt personally responsible.
“I felt how beautiful America is, the greatness really of America,” Arabo said. “How an everyday American could go to the White House, to the State Department, to Congress and really do real change.”
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
I wonder where he's been "wildly successful" stopping any Target or Walmart going in? I know he did imply in the media that his efforts had delayed the start of work on the Target in South Park, but the truth was that delays were only due to code compliance issues of other tenants on the property that had to be cleared before Target's plans could be reviewed by the city.
I notice that work has now started on the Target, and most South Park residents are excited to see it open in October.
Hopefully he won't call in the fighter planes to bomb it once it opens...
Of course he would have liked to see it stay a store that, as the article says, " sells low quality groceries and liquor to low income residents without other grocery options" as it was before it closed. And of course he also fights against the proposed min. wage laws -- when it was an independent grocery the same nice ladies rang me up there for 18 years for minimum wage. He'd like to see them spend their entire lives making $8 per hour I guess.
Arabo has embraced the title “National Spokesman for Iraqi Christians.” It’s on the press releases he sends out. It’s in his Twitter bio. In an interview last month, Arabo expressed wonder that he’s reached such a status.
“I’ve never been big on titles,” Arabo said. “I don’t believe in self-anointing anything. I’m a man of the people.”
Ugh. So when is he running for office?
So here is a guy who speaks from the heart, who puts himself out in the public to speak for what he believes is right, and subjects himself to criticism. I think the public, not just Chaldeans or grocery store owners, deserves more people like him who try to make the world a better place. Not just enrich themselves - enriching our community.