12 Dec 2009 — annarbor.com
Is this the best the world can deliver?
A hypocrite who unsuccessfully tries to justify war and aggression on the starved and brutalized people of Iraq and Afghanistan?
In a silent America, Obama is unchallenged and does all he can to strengthen U.S. ties with Israel (as the rest of the world contemplates boycotts of various kinds to deter Israel from committing more crimes). A year into his presidency, not only are the wars against the people of Iraq and Afghanistan going strong, but Obama is sending 30,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan.
The American brand of “peace” has surely made a mockery of the word. No one in the Middle East is foolish enough to believe, for a second, that America wants “peace” when all that America, and her handsome new president, does is to reinforce its devastating military presence in countries where they are not welcomed.
An Iraqi mother who lost every child she had (4 boys) as a result of the U.S. invasion in 2003 said: “don’t utter that word, it has brought us nothing but death and destruction”.
She was referring to the word “peace”.
No doubt Palestinian, Lebanese, and Afghan mothers have similar sentiments about this peculiar word that is on the lips of every invading army and colonialist power. But those who live under the brutal occupations of the U.S. and Israel, or those of us still unoccupied (Iranians, Pakistanis, etc) still suffer the political and economic brutality of this “world order” in the form of unemployment and political repression. For us, the word “peace”, as spoken by Americans, is void of credibility.