Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Uri Avnery on Obama's Speech

The great Uri Avnery reaches different conclusions than what I wrote on Obama's dilemma; for those interested in this debate, it is must reading: http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/index.html

In fact, though, I agree with every word of Avnery's contempt for Obama's UN speech, and by implication nearly all of Obama's statements and policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Here's Avnery's crucial argument: 

"Being a moral person, he must have felt the urge to vomit. Being a pragmatic person, he knew that he had to do it, if he wanted to be re-elected. In essence, he sold the fundamental national interests of the United States of America for the chance of a second term."

Of course Avnery is right that besides being a moral wrong, U.S. support of Israel endangers our national interests in the Middle East.  Hence the dilemma: the "fundamental national interests of the United States"--and for Israel and the Palestinians as well--would be also jeopardized if Obama is replaced by any of the likely Republican presidential nominees, which would probably also result in complete Republican control of Congress.

For these reasons, the dilemma should not be framed in terms of Obama "wanting to be reelected," as if this was merely a selfish personal interest.


Castellio said...

There are moments when clear speech is required. That was one of them.

If the American people actually knew... then the slow but fundamental transformations could begin: right now they are blocked by irresponsible people bowing to blackmail, Obama being chief among them.

Truth is needed now. It is the only action that can defeat the tragedy in the making.

Imagine if Obama had spoken the truth about Israel/Palestine, rather than the mocking comedy he delivered. At least, then, there would be light at the end of the tunnel.

Obama chose darkness. There's no reason to go along with him.

Anonymous said...

Well, if Obama didn't feel the urge to puke while delivering that shameful speech, I sure did. Is there no end to his public humiliation?