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Voters' views: Shankar Iyer
In the run up to the American presidential election we asked a panel of voters to share their views and predictions. Here they give their reaction to the final result.

Jim Hill
Jim Hill:
Sudbury, Mass.

Gary Webb:
Sacramento, C'fornia

Jorge Caspary:
Tallahassee, Florida

Leslie Ramos:
New York, New York

Shankar Iyer
Shankar Iyer:
Fairfax, Virginia

Nancy O'Leary Pew
Nancy Pew:
Seattle, Washington

Neil Sherman
Neil Sherman:
Germantown, Tenn.

Chase Erwin
Chase Erwin:
Austin, Texas

Rhonda Buie:
San Diego, California

Corey Harrison:
Chicago, Illinois

Shankar Iyer

Name: Shankar Iyer
Age: 53
Lives: Fairfax, Virginia
Works: Business Professor
Voted: Democrat
In 10 words or less: "University Professor, humanitarian, Democrat"

This election offered a clear choice for America - to be an influential team player in the world, or to be a bully.

The kinder, gentler America that George Bush Senior envisioned has changed and Americans have chosen the new vision offered by his son.

What will be the outcome of this?

I foresee the Bush administration pressing ahead with its conservative agenda with evangelical fervour.

Over the next four years, the conservative agenda will be driven hard - and will lead to an even more conservative Supreme Court for the next decade or two.

With the likelihood of an expanded and escalated global war against terrorism, continual violence, war and death are inescapable.

In the Middle East, hardened positions will mean more strife and more determined efforts - possibly even pre-emptive strikes against Iran by the US and/or its allies.

To paraphrase a Nobel laureate, true freedom is freedom from fear, and I pray for an America that will be truly free of its fears, and full of hope, aspirations and promise.

I pray that the second Bush term will be different enough to lend us that freedom.

Send us your comments on Shankar's views using the form below.

Your comments:

His comments are very well presented, and I fear, all too true. I am a Vietnam veteran who voted for Kerry. My few medals from that unfortunate war have been put back into my bureau as of yesterday, as I feel that's where they now belong. The "mandate" that the GOP has declared is most strongly representative of the evangelical demographic. Mr Bush has proven to be an extremely polarising personality in this country. I feel great sadness at having to make this honest assessment.
Frank Rahrig, Southbury, CT, USA

Although a democratically elected president the second time around, Mr. Bush and cronies do not and are not the consensus seeking type. They probably will go about their conservative agenda with the arrogance that marked the first term. With virtually no opposition within the Senate and the House, the second term will inevitably change the face of American life and society for decades to come. The world will unfortunately not see the decrease of conflict, but likely a fanning up of hatred, destruction rather than peace between people. Regrettably a negative sentiment at this critical juncture.
A Prasad, London, Canada

America will never be free from people who are jealous of what it has or people who feed on power, whether real or perceived. Once Bin Laden showed that terrorism could have an effect on the US, it opened the "perceived" door for those who wanted to show their "perceived" power or exercise an outlet for their jealousy/revenge. If you really believe that Bin Laden attacked the US because we have bases in Saudi Arabia, then I feel sorry, not for you, but for the young minds that you touch in the position that our free society enabled you to receive.
Mike, LV USA

This country cannot be kind and gentle when we are in a global war against terrorists who are anything but kind and gentle. Everyone hates war, but we have to fight it for the sake of our allies, our country and our families.
Tim, Bethesda, MD, USA

To Tim, in Bethesda: "Everyone hates war" and "nobody wants war" are the biggest lies of our times. There are plenty of people who want war, and there are a large number who really don't mind, as long as they won't have to sacrifice anything, or feel war's negative effects personally.
David, Brno, Czech Republic

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