Saturday, January 03, 2009

Barack Obama is a brilliant orator but becomes mysteriously dumb when it comes to Gaza...

President-elect Barack Obama's silence on the weeklong conflict in Gaza is drawing criticism among Arabs who have grown skeptical about hopes that his administration will break with the Mideast policies of the Bush era.

Obama, who is moving to Washington this weekend, was on vacation in Hawaii when the crisis erupted and has made no statements, either about Israel's bombing of Gaza or Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel. His aides say that he does not wish to address foreign-policy issues in any way that could send "confusing signals" about U.S. policy as long as President George W. Bush is in office.


Arab commentators maintain, however, that Obama did comment on foreign affairs when he issued a statement condemning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and that he has given several news conferences outlining his economic proposals. They suggest that his refusal to speak out on Gaza—where more than 400 Palestinians have died in the Israeli airstrikes, compared with four Israeli deaths from the rockets—implies indifference to the plight of Palestinians or even complicity with Israel's bombing campaign.  Full story...

See also:

  1. Gaza: Obama’s silence on Israeli airstrikes disappoints many, but what did they expect? Change?
  2. Obama has "no comments" on the Gaza massacre...
  3. "Obama is merely a fop for the global elite"

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