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Deafening Silence… January 5, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics, World Politics.
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This apparently is the closest Obama has come to commenting on the crisis in Gaza...

This apparently is the closest Obama has come to commenting on the crisis in Gaza...

I commented on this a few days ago, but I canot believe that after 1 week of heavy fighting, Barack Obama is still silent on the Gaza issue.  It seems that every other world leader has had its say, but the leader of the free world in two weeks is absent on the issue.

500 people have died in the region on the Palestinian side alone; and Obama doesn’t think it is important to make some comment; anything at all?

Simon Tisdall of the Guardian has a similar take.

The Al-Jazeera satellite television station recently broadcast footage of Obama on holiday in Hawaii, wearing shorts and playing golf, juxtaposed with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem in Gaza. Its report criticising “the deafening silence from the Obama team” suggested Obama is losing a battle of perceptions among Muslims that he may not realise has even begun.

He and I agree:  the delay by Obama is hurting his reputation in the Middle East.  Al-Jazeera, among others, have been blasting Obama’s lack of commentary, and Hamas has been hurling insults at him (though, I am not sure I care what Hamas thinks…).  Obama, in turn, has repeated that ‘there is only one president at one time.’  Which I generally agree with, although Obama himself has broken his own rule, when it came to Bush’s environmental executive orders, on the economy, etc.  So when he feels like commenting, he is free to do so.

The truth of the matter is that Obama has no idea what to say.  And in the absence of a good remark, he has chosen to stay silent.  But as Tisdall states, Obama doesn’t even realize that he is losing a battle that he is not even fighting.

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