Friday, January 2, 2009

Obama's pricipled stand on Gaza

The slaughter in Gaza continues and Barack Obama is still missing in action. The excuse is that "there is only one president at a time." It seems that particular statement is only true when Obama decides to duck and cower. From the Guardian:
This convenient excuse has not applied, say, to Obama's detailed interventions on the economy, or his condemnation of the "coordinated attacks on innocent civilians" in Mumbai in November.

The Mumbai attacks were a clear-cut case of innocent people being slaughtered. The situation in the Middle East however is seen as more "complicated" and so polite opinion accepts Obama's silence not as the approval for Israel's actions that it certainly is, but as responsible statesmanship.

It ought not to be difficult to condemn Israel's murder of civilians and bombing of civilian infrastructure including hundreds of private homes, universities, schools, mosques, civil police stations and ministries, and the building housing the only freely-elected Arab parliament.

It ought not to be risky or disruptive to US foreign policy to say that Israel has an unconditional obligation under the Fourth Geneva Convention to lift its lethal, months-old blockade preventing adequate food, fuel, surgical supplies, medications and other basic necessities from reaching Gaza.

But in the looking-glass world of American politics, Israel, with its powerful first-world army, is the victim, and Gaza – the besieged and blockaded home to 1.5 million immiserated people, half of them children and eighty percent refugees – is the aggressor against whom no cruelty is apparently too extreme.


Anonymous said...

what a sick world it is where countries like Israel and the USA have the power and impunity to commit horrible and massive atrocities against the rest of mankind as they so choose.

Their only overall guiding rule seeming to be....the weaker the prey the better.

empty said...

Sick is exactly the right word. One feels helpless.