So let’s get this straight. Somali pirates capture an American civilian ship captain, and Obama sends in the Navy Seals to kill the kidnappers. Obama’s the Big Man for this.
Iran has a near-revolution, and Obama vehemently supports the rioters, talking a big game about human rights, and Democracy, and all that stuff …
But Israel captures one of our American citizens, kidnaps her right off a boat which is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, something Obama recommended we do, and he says not a damn word.
Not only is this woman an American citizen, she’s a former House member and was a Presidential Candidate. Furthermore, another person kidnapped off this boat, by Israel, was Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire.
When it comes to Israel, Obama is nothing but a big pussy.
Why is that?
Paul Craig Roberts puts it nice and bluntly:
As President Obama has called for humanitarian aid to be sent to Gaza, and as the International Red Cross has damned the inhumanity of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the question that immediately comes to mind is why did not the United States send sufficient US Navy escort to see the “Spirit of Humanity” safely through international waters to Gaza? We send ships against Somalian pirates, why not against Israeli ones?
We all know the answer. The US talks a good “human rights” game, but never delivers–especially if the human rights abuser is Israel. After all, Israel owns the US Congress and President Obama. Israel even has an Israeli citizen and former member of the Israeli Defense Forces as the Chief-of-Staff in Obama’s White House. Israel owns millions of American “Christian Zionists” and “rapture evangelicans.” When it comes to Israel, the American government is a puppet state. It does what it is told.
Macho Americans might stand tall, but not when Israel snaps its fingers.
why is that? Can someone fill me in here?
It has nothing to do with Democracy or freedom or any of that crap. We KNOW that. American never stands up for that shit unless it happens to coincide with its strategic and economic interests.
So why does the United States kow-tow to Israel? Why does it give Israel almost unlimited amounts of money to commit atrocities against its neighbors? Why does it vote almost unanimous support for such atrocities when they occur?
What is America getting out of this severely fucked-up relationship? A relationship that makes mortal enemies out of millions of people every time Israel drives its bulldozers through another Palestinian olive grove?
Keep in mind we’re talking about this kind of crap:
The same week that “our” government in Washington told the Governor of California “not one red cent,” President Barak Obama handed over $2.775 billion to Israel.
Imagine that faux outrage, and the macho posturing that would occur, had ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET EARTH kidnapped these people?
UPDATE: More on this bullshit here:
With this interesting summation:
This is all reaching a tipping point, a degree of injustice that is becoming increasingly difficult to deny, or to meet with the argument that violence perpetrated by Palestinian militants justifies collective punishment as a matter of government policy. Even members of the DC establishment are decrying the continued expansion of illegal settlements. Foreign Policy magazine just ranked Israel-Palestine as the 58th “most failed state” — beneath a whole host of basket-cases. And, as Ira Chernus recently wrote:
The Israel Project hired pollster Stanley Greenberg to test American opinion on the Middle East conflict — and got a big surprise. In September 2008, 69% of Americans called themselves pro-Israel. Now, it’s only 49%. In September, the same 69% wanted the U.S. to side with Israel; now, only 44%.
This is a blunter than usual post on this topic, because I’m not interested in finessing this conflict anymore. It’s not that people, like me, who reject Israel’s various claims to to the moral high ground have a singular and mysterious obsession with Israeli abuses, as its apologists would have you believe, but the knowledge that this state’s actions, unlike, say, those of the Iranian regime splashed across our TV screens each night, are defended (and its military supplied) by my government.