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Obama sells out

June 4, 2008

On the day of his victory over Clinton, when people around the world are hoping the prospect of an Obama presidency will result in a saner US foreign policy, Barack Obama sells out and betrays the millions of people around the world who have been rooting for him.

Because although only Americans get to vote, the fate of the world rests on these elections.

And Obama has just come out in favour of Israel. Check it out:

Barack Obama has pledged unwavering support for Israel in his first foreign policy speech since declaring himself the Democratic nominee for president.

He told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), a prominent Jewish lobby, Israel’s security was “sacrosanct” and “non-negotiable”.

(For the record, I think the BBC is wrong to call Aipac a Jewish lobby. It’s a lobby group for the Israeli state. Jewish and Zionist are not synonymous, and it’s dangerous and dishonest to imply that they are.)

What about Palestinian security, Obama? What about Gaza? Not very important?

Yeah, OK, I know how it goes: if you don’t pledge allegiance to Israel, you have no chance in US politics. But I was really hoping Americans had grown out of this, that there was some kind of genuine grassroots desire for change in the country, and that Obama would be able to unite, mobilise and inspire people. But if he’s going to kow-tow to the same power structures, there’s no point, is there?

I’ve lost hope.

This is so important. The injustice in Palestine is one of the root causes of conflict today. America is the fuel that fires the conflict. If we want a better world, the US needs to stop giving that toxic little entity Israel a blank cheque.

While I have pointed out before that Obama is firmly on the dark side of the force, I really was hoping for more this time.

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