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The One and Only: Waiting for Word From on High
Wednesday, 21 January 2009Now that Barack Obama is finally the "only one president" that we have at a time, I'm sure we can look forward to hearing what he really thinks about the mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza by the American-equipped Israeli war machine. His prolonged, polite reticence on this burning subject (burning with white phosphorous seared into the flesh of children, that is) will surely now give way to eloquent condemnation of Israel's brutal and blatant display of state terror. And this scorching denunciation will no doubt be accompanied by appropriate government action: cutting off or curtailing aid to Israel, supporting UN sanctions against the rogue state, providing generous, no-strings reconstruction funds to restore what American-made weapons has destroyed, and so on. What better way to demonstrate the "renewal of America's moral standing in the world"?
And so we wait, with firm hope and every confidence that the new president, calling upon the better angels of our nature, will speak forthrightly, and act boldly and justly, in addressing this horrendous crime in which America has been so complicit.
In the new spirit of respect and cooperation now wafting like sweet zephyrs across the political landscape, a new era where we are all adjured to do everything that we can to help the powerful exercise their power, we offer below a few gleanings of fact that might prove of some use to our president when, in the fullness of time and according to the dictates of his own great wisdom, he breaks his silence on the bloodshed in Gaza. From the Guardian:
That was just one family, in one small area of the vast killing field that Israel made of Gaza. But the Samouni children were certainly not the only beneficiaries of the $3 billion in military aid that the United States gives to Israel every year, year after year. Gulf News has more:
The new president might also want to address the Israelis' use of flesh-devouring white phosphorus shells in the densely packed residential areas that were the chief targets of its invasion. The Israelis have now admitted using WP, after weeks of denial, as the Guardian reports. The Times gives us some of the results of this chivalrous weapon of the world's "most moral army":
These are just a very, very few of the facts that will, undoubtedly, inform the new president's reaction to the weeks of carnage in Gaza. Again, we look forward most eagerly to his response, which, we are sure, will be clear, moral, and proportionate to the crime.
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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This story was published on January 22, 2009.
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