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Friday, January 25, 2008


Obama on Israel

A position which is undoubtedly precisely the same as all the other major candidates, not to mention the U.S. government itself, but here it is in print; I've added emphasis to one sentence which might have made this my "Political Humor of the Day" item were it not so deadly (literally) serious:
Dear Ambassador Khalilzad,

I understand that today the UN Security Council met regarding the situation in Gaza, and that a resolution or statement could be forthcoming from the Council in short order.

I urge you to ensure that the Security Council issue no statement and pass no resolution on this matter that does not fully condenm the rocket assault Hamas has been conducting on civilians in southern Israel...

All of us are concerned about the impact of closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this... Israel has the right to respond while seeking to minimize any impact on civilians.

The Security Council should clearly and unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks... If it cannot bring itself to make these common sense points, I urge you to ensure that it does not speak at all.


Barack Obama
United States Senator
Just in case you were wondering.

And, just in case Senator Obama is reading, here's one of those civilians on whom the impact has been minimized:

He is, of course, one of the lucky ones - he's still alive. As Cuban Ambassador Isidoro Malmierca, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement noted in the recent U.N. debate, more than 150 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, have been killed during the last six weeks. Senator Obama (or even the readers of this blog) may not have read about the NAM denunciation of the seige of Gaza, though, since it wasn't reported in a single Western newspaper. Someone speaking on behalf of 2/3 of the member states of the United Nations, and 55 percent of the world's population is of little interest to the Western media, since those aren't the "right" 2/3 of the world's countries nor the "right" 55 percent of the world's population.

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