Senator Barack Obama has become a major celebrity, a truth that is now almost a cliche. His campaign has raised massive amounts of funding. He draws large and enthusiastic crowds when he appears. Often described as charismatic, he is more importantly smart and well spoken.
Yet before I jump into his campaign, I have a few questions that I first want to share with you and which I hope he will address in the not-too-distant future.
There is a way in which I cannot tell who is the real Senator Obama. For one, he has not carved out – at least as of this writing – any cutting edge issues where he is taking the lead and defining the terrain. Second, and to some extent more troubling, he permits people to see and assume in him what they want to see and assume. I have said to many of my friends that this situation reminds me of an episode from the original Star Trek series where there was a creature that appears to the viewer the way the viewer would like to see it.
I am, to add to this, very uneasy about some of the Senator’s foreign policy pronouncements, particularly with regard to the
Further, the Senator seems to ignore the atrocious conditions being faced by the Palestinians who, after all, are occupied by the Israelis in violation of United Nations’ resolutions. This occupation is worsening with the creation of what some people describe as the “apartheid wall”, and what I simply call the “wall of death,” that the Israelis are building as they carve out the land they wish to control in perpetuity.
Compounding this odd situation, the Senator seems to want to be a “hawk” when it comes to
So, I think we need to understand the Senator’s thinking. After having what many observers described as a friendly relationship with Arab Americans over the years, the Senator appears to have yelled, “abandon ship” and jumped into an anti-Palestinian and anti- Iranian lifeboat.
The uncritical support for
I am not ready to write off the inspiring Senator from the great State of
BC Editorial Board member Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a long- time labor and international activist and writer. He is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum.