Friday, January 23, 2009

Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Stance on Gaza Crisis “Approximately the Bush Position”



In a visit to the State Department Thursday, President Obama made his first substantive comments on the Middle East conflict since Israel’s attack on Gaza. Obama first mentioned his commitment to Israel’s security, without affirming his commitment to Palestinian security. He condemned Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israeli towns, but didn’t criticize the U.S.-backed Israeli bombings of densely-populated Gaza. But in a departure from the Bush administration, Obama acknowledged Palestinian suffering and said Gaza’s borders should be opened to aid. We speak with MIT professor, Noam Chomsky.

President Obama has made his first first substantive remarks on the crisis in Gaza since being elected. Obama was speaking at the state department flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he named two key envoys: Retired Senate majority leader George Mitchell, who negotiated a lasting agreement in Northern Ireland, will be Middle East envoy. And Richard Holbrook, who brokered a deal in the Balkans in the mid-90s, will be envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In his remarks, Obama backed Israel"s three week attack on Gaza as a defensive move against Hamas rocket fire but also said he was deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation for Palestinians in Gaza. The twenty-two-day assault killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians, at least a third children. More than 5,500 were injured. 13 Israelis were killed over the same period, 10 of them soldiers, four by friendly fire.

A Hamas spokesperson told Al Jazeera television Obama’s position toward the Palestinians does not represent change. Osama Hamdan said, “I think this is an unfortunate start for President Obama in the region and the Middle East issue. And it looks like the next four years, if it continues with the same tone, will be a total failure.” For more we are joined on the telephone by Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over a half-century, he has written over a hundred books, including “Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy.”

Noam Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over a half-century and written over a hundred books.

Well? What did Chomsky say?
Click the title and go to the source page and you can see the video of noam because I couldn't get them to copy over like they normally do.

Happy weekend.
Thanks. & Happy weekend to you, too.
Tomorrow: Fun in NY City at Comix.
That sounds like so much fun...I'm guessing it's a comedy club?

I'm off to roller skate with my friend...We're joining a local roller derby team that is forming...then it's off to a gabby gals lunch... :)

Thanks. I missed that DN!
Rollerskating? Careful! Rollerskating can be very dangerous. I could tell you stories.
Nonetheless, are you working toward taking on the Bay Bombers?
Break a leg (not your own).
I would hope she would want to be a Bay Bomber.

My word verification is 'labio'.

What's up with that?

Guess who will be judging for who makes this team? The coach doesn't want to so she is asking her friends from Sacred City?....I'm looking them up now...I think it's an existing team. We'll see....

The scary question was, "Is there an upper age limit for the team?"...Le no...thank goodness... :)


Pssss...I've been trying to remember any Bay Bomber player name... I used to know I'm blank...
And what IS up with that?

Dirty Blog.. :) told me about KPFK shows so I podcast them now...Michael Slate I like a lot..

This show I miss seeing on tv and now they you tube it...

It's snowing here...

How's it going with you? Hope you are well...
Joan Weston

Ann Calvello

Charlie O'Connell

I am OK. Hope you are as well. I was watching some of the PBS comedy series and they dropped the A word numerous times.

"Word verificarion"? Hmm - interesting. What the fuck is that, Mr or Ms Anon? And what, exactly, is verity? Really? If you know, say - I've been looking around for that.
"Labio" sounds like my favorite hors d'oeuvre.
And - Howdy-do!
- Arch
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