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Two Terrors, Two Different Responses from Two-Faced Obama Administration

March 24, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in American Government with 0 Comments

by Brett Wilkins

Obama condemns this…

A 60-year-old woman was killed and 39 people were wounded yesterday afternoon when a bomb in a bag exploded next to a bus stop in Jerusalem, Israel. The terrorist attack, the first of its kind since 2004, brought back awful memories of the second Palestinian intifada. It also brought swift, harsh condemnation from the Obama administration. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed Palestinian “terrorism and targeting of civilians.”

Wait just a minute.

… but not this. (Photo: AFP)

Just a day before the Jerusalem bus bombing, Israeli military forces killed a total of four Palestinian civilians, including two children, in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli attacks, which also killed four militants, were in retaliation for rockets fired into Israel by Palestinian resistance fighters. Israeli tanks firing shells into Gaza hit a  home, killing four members of the same family as they played football outside the house. The victims ranged in age from 11 to 50. Eighteen other Palestinians, including women and children, were wounded in a previous air strike as well.

Where was the Obama administration’s condemnation of these civilian deaths?

You know the answer. There was none. Clinton offered only “sincere condolences” to the Palestinian victims of Israeli slaughter.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security, and we strongly condemn this violence and extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected,” she said. “We also strongly condemn recent rocket attacks from Gaza against innocent Israeli civilians and hold fully responsible the militants perpetrating these attacks. And I join President Obama in extending our sincere condolences to the friends and families of the Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza yesterday and appreciate that Israel has expressed regret.”

There is no doubt whatsoever whose side Obama is on. His administration, like all those before it going back at least as far as the Kennedy era, has offered nothing but unconditional support of Israel, no matter what crimes against humanity the Jewish state perpetrates. Sure, it often appears as if there’s great tension between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mostly over Israel’s illegal settlement building in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. But even at the rockiest moments of the US-Israeli relationship, Obama’s loyalty to Israel has remained unshaken. Not one cent of US military aid to Israel has been withheld, when doing so would surely pressure the Israelis to live up to their obligations under international law.

During his 2008 Presidential campaign, candidate Obama gave hope to the Palestinian people when he declared that “nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” Zionists from Beersheba to Brooklyn sat up and took notice; perhaps there really was “hope” for a “change” in the utterly lopsided way Washington approached the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Alas, Obama has proven himself to be no different than his predecessors. On one hand, he talks of Jewish and Palestinian states living side-by-side in peace. On the other hand, he does everything to help Israel continue its decades-long occupation and domination of the hapless Palestinians and nothing to help those long-suffering people fight this crushing oppression.

As with so many other aspects of his presidency, Barack Obama has proven himself to be a calculating, two-faced fraud; professing his desire for a favorable outcome for the Palestinians while doing everything  to shatter their dreams of freedom. If there was a Nobel Prize for hypocrisy, he would be the odds-on favorite.

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