Bullshit Philosophy

Half-assed political and religious commentary from a cynical left-winger

As if to prove my point…

Posted by Kevin on January 27, 2009

…from yesterday, in regard to Israel/Palestine (namely, that there isn’t a clear reason to be hopeful for a substantive change in U.S. policy), we get this from The Guardian:

The Obama administration appears intent on trying to help the Palestinians while at the same time being seen not to abandon its traditional support for Israel. The new US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, reassuring Israelis, today backed the Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

“We support Israel’s right to self-defence. The [Palestinian] rocket barrages which are getting closer and closer to populated areas [in Israel] cannot go unanswered,” Clinton said in her first news conference at the state department.

She added: “It is regrettable that the Hamas leadership apparently believes that it is in their interest to provoke the right of self-defence instead of building a better future for the people of Gaza.”

It doesn’t seem at this point that the Obama administration is willing to publicly criticize any Israeli action. Clinton’s remarks are hardly surprising; to my knowledge she’s never seen an Israeli massacre she didn’t like. But, some might say, maybe Obama will push for a just settlement for the Palestinians behind the scenes. Well, I’ll believe it when I see it. But if that’s the case, he’s only making it harder for himself in the long run by embracing Israeli framing of the conflict.

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