Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Obama - Israel 's best friend?

He seems to want to be...

The full speech, here.

I think this article by Shmuel Rosner has got its finger on the pulse of the times ( that's partly in response to the comment by NWO):

Obama is not just a candidate - he's the candidate, a candidate who is the son of a black man and a white woman. He will make his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. No campaign manager could have planned it better, none could have picked a more dramatic day.

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There are enough reasons to prefer McCain to Obama, or Clinton to Obama, regarding their intended policy toward Iran. But even those who oppose him should put aside their political preferences, fear of the future and their pros and cons list for just a moment. Now is the time to take in Obama's astounding political victory, if one can still feel awe for anything in this day and age. Against all the odds, the campaign broke down the boundaries of bias and race, and brought out voters to cast their ballots. They may be naive, but they are not indifferent. They may be a little childish, but they aren't cynical.

Back in January, David Brooks, an Obama sceptic at the very least, already marked the extraordinary historicality (if we can say such a word) of Obama's campaign and his due awe of the achievement. It is doubly true today:

And Americans are not going to want to see this stopped. When an African-American man is leading a juggernaut to the White House, do you want to be the one to stand up and say No?

Obama will never be able to fulfil the huge hopes his supporters pin on him. But already he has achieved what a year ago seemed a surefire impossibility. Much of the credit probably goes to his campaign managers. Just look at the meticulous way he rectified his Auschwitz mistake in his speech to AIPAC. Rather than remaining silent on that embarrassing gaff, he repeated his family's WWII history, this time with all the facts intact. It says a lot more about his ethical principles than all the other fine words and stirring rhetoric. It says he can learn from his mistakes and make an effort to get things right, the next time around. And he is not shy about showing that he can learn, and has learned.

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Palestinian response:

Hamas: "Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and McCain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win."

Abbass: "Jerusalem is one of the files under negotiation. The entire world knows perfectly well that we will never accept a state without Jerusalem. That should be clear."

Saeb Erekat goes even further, and already expresses nostalgia to past American administrations:

"We reject the positions of Barack Obama because they are in contradiction with the traditional positions of the United States which considers that east Jerusalem is under occupation."

I'm not sure he is correct about these "traditional positions". After all, there is that Congressional resolution which at least rhetorically committed to relocating the American Embassy to Jerusalem, but the general sentiment is that of disappointment with the expectations Palestinians had nurtured towards Obama. The irony of this reversal is acute. No one hated President Bush more than the Palestinians, considering him sold out to Israel. And here they are, beginning to appreciate his policies when it is probably too late. A typical Palestinian error of judgment. When will they ever learn?

7 Comments:

At 11:38 PM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

Remember 2 weeks ago, he stood firmly by his church and pastor.

Keep dreaming.

 
At 10:22 AM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

I just cant be worked up about having a black president. For some time, Id say nearly 20 years now, the US has been ready for a woman or black president. It was the women and blacks that had to move away from being women candidates and black candidates, and to being American candidates.

Minority pathologies and resentment are not the standard bearer of reality. Believe it or not.

Their leaders need to move aways from the politics of resentment and victimization and tribalism, and towards the politics of individualism and everyperson.

 
At 10:25 AM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

PS - Women need to realize that men are not patriarchal oppressors who have unfair advantages, but are rather huma beings who often get shafted by the system based on their group identity, just like everyone else.

The problem with the feminist movement is that it has no goal for a balanced approach to life and law. It merely seeks to replace patriarchy with matriarchy. And has created family chaos and fertility collapse in its wake.

Sad sacks.

 
At 10:38 AM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

Rant over....

:)

I certainly think that Obama's phyiscal charactersistics and odd religious backround will help him with anti Americans, Red and Brown.

 
At 10:46 AM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

You are ranting in the wrong place. I think you confused one locus for another:-) I would consider that confusion a direct insult upon your truly, if you don't mind.

You don't seem to understand that I can admire Obama for his intellect and achievement, and note his ideological evolutions with approval and still not wish to see him president. He does not have the experience, knowledge, necessary for that office.. He is an interesting person.

 
At 10:57 AM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

:)

Stream of conciousness. I guess.

No offense intended.



Im actually hoping for an Obama presidency, if it is between him and McCain. Ill explaim my position to you, if you are interested. Im certainly not voting for McCain, but the state I live in, it wont matter, but my protest vote for Bob Barr, will be in good conscience. Bob Barr is a Sane Decent Libertarian, as opposed to Ron Paul.

 
At 10:57 AM EDT, Anonymous nwo said...

:)

Stream of conciousness. I guess.

No offense intended.



Im actually hoping for an Obama presidency, if it is between him and McCain. Ill explaim my position to you, if you are interested. Im certainly not voting for McCain, but the state I live in, it wont matter, but my protest vote for Bob Barr, will be in good conscience. Bob Barr is a Sane Decent Libertarian, as opposed to Ron Paul.

 

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