[Marxism] Obama on Palestine

David McDonald dbmcdonald at comcast.net
Tue Jan 27 23:49:16 MST 2009


And then there's the "tell" in the interview: "And I will continue to 
believe that Israel's security is paramount."

"Paramount": chief in importance or impact


It is interesting to me that Eli chooses to quote the above sentence 
from Obama's interview with Al Arabiya. I think Eli needs to ask himself 
why he missed the REAL TELL in Obama's remarks:

"THE PRESIDENT: I think it is possible for us to see a Palestinian state 
-- I'm not going to put a time frame on it -- that is contiguous, that 
allows freedom of movement for its people, that allows for trade with 
other countries, that allows the creation of businesses and commerce so 
that people have a better life."

In this short paragraph Obama essentially summarizes the main demands of 
the Palestinians, for a non-apartheid state with contiguous borders, for 
control over their imports and exports, and control over their own 
economic life. This is HUGE.

And let us not forget that there is nothing wrong with Obama's stating 
the paramountcy of Israel's security. Real security for Israel, the only 
real security that Israel will ever have, will come from having decent 
relations with its neighbor states, first and foremost the Palestinians. 
I take this statement to be pretty much a boilerplate clause, and the 
clause about a contiguous state for the Palestinians to be a dagger 
aimed at the heart of Israel's conquest of the West Bank.

If Eli will just show me where any former sitting president of the 
United States ever made such assertions about Palestine I will be 
pleased to tender him an apology.

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