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Friday, February 11, 2011


Obama's selective support of non-violence

Barack Obama, today:
"Egyptians have inspired us, and they've done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained by violence."
Apparently Obama is under the impression that the American Revolution was a tea party and that the Civil War was a giant sit-in.

Non-violent change is fine, if and when it happens. But there are times when violence becomes unavoidable if justice is to be obtained. That's simple historical fact.

By the way, there have been years of non-violent protests by Palestinians and their supporters in the West Bank and Gaza. Many, including both Palestinians, Americans (Rachel Corrie), and others, have been killed by Israel in the course of those protests. As far as I know, Barack Obama has never uttered a single word of praise for those demonstrators, or condemnation for their killers.

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