I have been writing, deleting, writing, and deleting a letter to President Obama to express my outrage. No words seem adequate, and so I delete again.
Today Obama made the following statement:
President Barack Obama suggested Sunday that it was “preferable” that Israel did not launch a ground invasion in Gaza, but stood firm over support of its ally despite mounting Palestinian civilian casualties.
Speaking at the start of a three-day tour of south-east Asia, he reiterated the White House position that rockets fired into Israel by Hamas were the “precipitating event” in the ratcheting up of cross-border conflict.
Obama added that America had been “actively working with all the parties in the region” to bring about a de-escalation of violence and that the next 48 hours would be important if progress were to be made.
Now you probably understand why I can’t find the words to share my disgust, disappointment and dismay.
Is Obama really that ignorant about the history of the occupation, about the impacts of the 5 year siege on Gaza, about the UN’s report this summer that says Gaza will be unlivable by 2020, and about the events leading up to Israel’s extra-judicial assassination of a Hamas leader on Wednesday? Is he clueless about the facts on the ground — about the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Gaza?
How much ink will it take to educate the man? And would he read it in any case?
I voted for the man, more a vote against Romney than a vote for Obama. The lesser of two evils. But if Romney was sitting in the White House today, would the response have been any different? I don’t think so.
The United States has been an obstacle to any chance of reaching peace between Israel and Palestine. And if you don’t understand how —- it would take too many keystrokes to explain.
I’m tired of listening to the high-tech drones buzzing overhead, ready to fire a missile on a motorcyclist (as they did today) or a house (as they did today) or ME! Not yet.
I’m tired of ignorant Americans who are clueless about how our tax dollars are being spent — to the tune of $3 Billion each year — to give Israel the weapons to carry out this slaughter in Gaza tonight.
I’m tired. Obama is hopeless.