Posted by: noticeable | January 24, 2009

Obama’s Silence on Gaza no surprise

The pummeling of the Gaza Strip at the hands of Israel and enabled through U.S. supplied weapons and logistics, to date, has not elicited a condemning public comment from the President. Indeed, 44 has called a few allies, but has remained steadfast in the long established American doctrine: reasserting that Israel has the “right to defend itself” before issuing any analysis or comment on the “conflict.”

This is firmly rooted American policy. Dissent will not be tolerated. Discussion is superfluous and must follow a strict elite agenda. To Obama’s defense, he did not run on a pro-Palestinian platform. He didn’t claim to be balanced, objective, or analytical (whatever that can mean in an military occupation where no symmetry exists). But he did campaign on “change”; frequently citing President Bush’s failed foreign policy choices and he mentioned the Middle East often enough. So can the average citizen expect “change” when it comes to the U.S. allegiance to Israel? Students of American Middle East policy would sadly inform us that it is not the case. American and Israeli exceptionality from international norms will remain under the new Administration.

In the aftermath of some of the bloodiest, and boldest, of Israel’s massacres in Palestine, our “change” agent is silent and can be expected to remain so.


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