Let’s do a couple of thought experiments.
Can we imagine Obama (not to speak of the warlike neocons, the hawkish Democrats and the spineless media) remaining silent?
Well, this is exactly what happened when
Governments of other countries with detained nationals spoke out, complained, and tried to put pressure on
A young women peacefully protesting in
Who has heard of Bassem Abu Rameh, a young non-violent Palestinian shot dead in cold blood by an Israeli soldier while protesting the monstrous Apartheid Wall being erected illegally in the
And yes Bassem’s murder, just as gruesome as Neda’s, was captured on camera too. (See http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/tag/bassem-abu-rahmeh-murder/) The same U.S. Media who helped make Neda into a martyr recognized by millions globally refuse to say a word on behalf of a fallen Palestinian Neda. The same Obama whose anguished face and words were heard around the world lamenting the tragic loss of Neda’s life is no where to be seen or heard on Bassem.
Now tell me, how serious is Obama about justice for Palestinians?
Gazans and their economy are crushed in a murderous U.S.-backed Israeli assault in Dec. 08-Jan. 09, borders are effectively sealed, humanitarian missions aborted, humanitarians jailed and deported, and not a peep from the Change-We-Can-Believe-in Obama, not as a presidential candidate when the assault took place and not now as the president when the Israeli atrocities go on unabated!!
Should the people of the world believe the pretty words uttered in
So long as 4 November 2008 was an election event in the
The corporate media, the corporate state, and the apologists for state and corporate power in general, will continue with their selective application of attention and will display real or feigned anguish when power requires it.
Their silence kills.
As progressive cosmopolitans we must affirm the equal worth of all people everywhere by challenging the macabre silence of those with power and those in their service.