Ex-President Obama About Gaza War
From Girish Modi, Decatur, GA
Every President from Jimmy Carter to Joe Biden makes a peaceful solution to Israel-Palestinian conflict their foreign policy issue. While a few presidents have made partial success, the others don’t succeed because they did not want to displease Israelis since Jews control Wall Street and Washington.
While in office, Obama supported peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority aimed at securing a two-state solution, which the Israelis flatly rejected. Now that the conflict has flared up Obama whose middle name is Husain came forward and spoke the truth because he not constrained by politics that there are people dying who have nothing to do with what Hamas did and what’s happening to Palestinians is unbearable. Obama also stated that Israeli ground operation in Gaza could “backfire,” arguing that while Israel had the right to defend itself, any civilian death would increase support for extremism and harm the country’s long-term security.
Biden is not happy either that nearly 10,000 innocent Palestinians (10 times more than Israeli’s killed by Hamas) have been mercilessly killed by Israeli bombs and missiles. Biden is caught between appeasing Israelis and voter backlash in next year’s election and still gambled on supporting Israelis. That’s why Biden is sending Secretary Blinken every week as shuttle diplomacy to ask Netanyahu to slow down offensive in Gaza and spare innocent civilians. But Netanyahu is adamant and will not call for truce until 190 hostages are released, because his motive is to completely destroy Hamas just as America had destroyed al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan in two wars that has lasted 20 years.
Every country should think of Obama’s advice “You can pretend to speak the truth. You can speak one side of the truth, and in some cases, you can try to maintain your moral innocence. But that won’t solve the problem. If you want to solve the problem, then you have to take in the whole truth and you then have to admit nobody’s hands are clean — that all of us are complicit to some degree.”
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