Thursday, June 11, 2009

Haters vs. Obama Speech in Cairo- In vino veritas?

People are preoccupied with hate, after an elderly white supremacist psychopath shot an African-American guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. However, the same people denouncing this action excused the racist insults and even a death threat hurled at Barack Obama by Jewish Americans and Israelis in Jerusalem on June 3, the day before his June 4th speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. See this Jerusalem Post article and this Jewish Telegraphic Agency article, linking to another apologia here. Evidently some drunks are allowed to speil hate and be excused as drunks. IMHO these drunks were just as objectionable as the Texas drunks Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat encouraged to sing "Throw the Jew Down the Well" in his 2007 movie.

After the speech, the Mossad's trigger finger must be getting very itchy; but they want to wrap the assassination in a terror attack that can be blamed on someone else, so they have to bide their time. I'm sure these drunken fellows will cheer.

The most interesting quotes from Obama's speech below. Obviously what matters is what Obama does, and except for his refusing to send helicopters to Israel he hasn't done much yet.

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.

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