Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's Silence on Gaza

The inauguration speech was great. It made me feel like this country could actually become what Jefferson said it would be....  All people would have an equal chance.

Then I began to think about what wasn't said... No talk of Gaza --- at the same time more bodies are being discovered. No talk of the DREAM Act and immigration. Let's hope the silence has to do with strategy- -

Obama is a wise man. Maybe he is thinking of a solution, and believes that it should be done quietly.

So far, Obama's missed the point on Gaza...
by Robert Fisk
London Independent
Thursday, 22 January 2009

...for the people of the Middle East, the absence of the word "Gaza" – indeed, the word "Israel" as well – was the dark shadow over Obama's inaugural address. Didn't he care? Was he frightened? Did Obama's young speech-writer not realise that talking about black rights – why a black man's father might not have been served in a restaurant 60 years ago – would concentrate Arab minds on the fate of a people who gained the vote only three years ago but were then punished because they voted for the wrong people? It wasn't a question of the elephant in the china shop. It was the sheer amount of corpses heaped up on the floor of the china shop...more

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