President Obama’s speech at Cairo University today was simply blah blah blah. The US president kept pushing the points of peace, cooperation, and human rights in the Middle East, Arab World, and in Muslim countries. As if Apartheid-Zionist Israel, or any of the dictators in the Arab World, will ever abide by these principles. Obama paints the picture of a new US foreign policy based on tolerance and understanding of “the other.”
Obama also attempted to paint a picture of a new and diluted stage of US imperialism – closing down Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp over the year (although he didn’t mention the exceptional trials to which many of its inmates will be subjected to, in denial of their due process rights, which are fundamental human rights) and commencing the pullout of American troops from Iraq in August 2010, while keeping forces in the illegally occupied country until 2012. Does this mean the end of US imperialism around the world? Absolutely not!
The US President emphasized the historical relationship binding the US & Israel, and condemned the “violence” of Palestinians “who fire rockets at sleeping children” and the “bombing of buses full of innocent civilians and elderly passengers.” It must be remembered that the last (isolated) Palestinian suicide bombing took place in February 2008, and that their primitive home-made rockets usually don't kill Israelis. What about the mass violence of US-supplied Israeli jet fighters, missiles, and tanks which killed some 1,500 people in the besieged Gaza Strip during December 2008-January 2009? Why didn’t Obama mention that Israel bombed homes, hospitals, schools, mosques, and refugee camps? Is this not violence? Is the ongoing Egyptian-Israeli siege of the entire Gaza Strip not violence?
Obama went on to say that violence is not the means of the brave or the strong. Really? So the violence of the armed American Revolution (1775-1783) against British Colonial rule was cowardly and weak, I assume? He also mentioned that African Americans won their rights through non-violent action, as was the case with Black South Africans during Apartheid rule. But didn’t America fight a Civil War (1861-65), partially over the abolition of slavery? What about the Soweto Uprising of 1976 in South Africa, was that cowardly?
I agree that non-violence is an important and powerful tool; but violence against racism & occupation is equally important, powerful, and legitimate. Obama mentioned the unprecedented Holocaust, and its six million deaths; but could he dare argue that the Jewish Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto (from April-May, 1943) was cowardly? Nay, nay! Indeed it was heroic - just like the modern Gaza Ghetto Uprising is heroic.
Common Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights stipulates that:
1. All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
2. All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
Therefore the Palestinians, Lebanese, and Syrians have the right to use armed resistance in order to realize their self-determination (as long as Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shouba, and the Golan Heights remain illegally occupied by Israel) as do the Iraqis and Afghans (whose countries are occupied by an international alliance of aggressors, led by the American State.)
Nothing new here, just a lot of hot air from another Zionist US President.
Talk is cheap, while Zionist talk is worthless.