Revolution #154, February 1, 2009

Obama, Palestine, and a Basic Question of Right and Wrong

The following is an excerpt from a January 5, 2009 article from A World to Win News Service titled “Israel’s assault on that part of humanity located in Gaza—and the liberation of all of humanity.”

Incoming U.S. President Barack Obama gave the clearest possible expression of the U.S./Israeli position while he was on the campaign trail, and according to his aides recently, he hasn’t changed his mind.

“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

But what if thugs broke into your house, killed your father and raped your mother, and then forced the survivors to live in a vacant lot while the thieves built themselves a condo where your house used to be? And what if two decades later, having grown in number and needing more room, those thieves decided to take over much of the vacant lot too?

This analogy fits very well the ethnic cleansing and related crimes that have been carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people, from the very founding of Israel and down to today, with the wanton mass murder and destruction carried out by Israel in Gaza now, with weapons supplied to it and backing provided it by the imperialist ruling class of the U.S., including its new chief executive and commander-in-chief Barack Obama. 

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