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Obama supports Israel’s mass killings?

While I listened to Obama address the State Department two days ago with Clinton and Biden, I was filled with pride for my new president. The U.S. is against torture, we’re closing Guantanamo, and no more big money lobbyists allowed. Oh, and Palestine gets a slap on the wrist for killing those thirteen Israeli soldiers! Jigga whaaaat??

Was this a game of “opposites” by the grassroots, pacifist campaigner, like I used to play in the fourth grade? Didn’t he mean, Israel needed to stop the bombing? Weren’t the Palestinian death tolls at something like 1,300?

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I don’t care that Palestine started the attacks. Let’s talk about Israel halting humanitarian aid to Gaza during the ceasefire agreement, egging on the Palestinians to fight for their rights. And how about Israel creeping inch by inch over their originally decided borders to create a larger, more powerful empire?

Yes, the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world need to get over the past and accept Israel’s presence in the region. The terrorism and violence against the only supposed Jewish safehaven in the world needs to stop. But Israel’s blasting of thousands of innocent adults and children just to prove their military might does not go down well in the eyes of this American. And surely not when the weapons which were used to kill those civilians were paid for by my country’s government.

Obama’s first week started off with a bang, but in that one moment of his speech on Thursday, my confidence in him wobbled significantly. I thought he was going to fight for human rights, stop torture, stop the violence, end the wars. Wasn’t that his original aim? Doesn’t that encompass everything he stands for?

Ostracizing the Arab world for killing 13 Israeli soldiers while Gaza’s population gets slowly wiped off the map not only makes Obama look callous, but significantly pulled by the big money strings in Washington.

That Thursday Obama was not the Obama I elected.

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Who should save the Israeli hostages?

They’ve just announced on CNN that an Israeli rescue team is moving into Mumbai to attempt to free the group of hostages currently holed up in a Jewish community center. The group includes a Rabbi, his wife and two others, although that data is questionable and changing all the time.

While we still don’t know the reason for the attacks in Mumbai – which have involved ten different places around the city in an ongoing situation that is reaching 30 hours of violence – we do know that Israel is getting involved.

What does this mean for India, America, Israel, England and France, all of whom have been targeted in some way in these brutal attacks? While I understand not only the desire but also the duty of Israel to save its people at risk abroad, their entrance into the already volatile situation could send the terrorists spinning.

By entering India, Israel will virtually be taking on its ally, something rather unprecendented in these highly partisan times. Although it is suspected that the terrorists are from outside India, nothing has been confirmed. For now, the surface situation is one country entering an allied country to fight.

What will be the outcome and is Israel right in stepping in? Does duty overpower common sense? Should the lives of four be spared in order to keep the peace? While the rescue team will perhaps succeed in pulling out these hostages, it may not succeed in avoiding a real battle with the terrorist group currently in Mumbai. I don’t think these groups, who are willing to kill hundreds (as well as themselves) seemingly without motive, will let another country come in to fight its battle.

And when will these terrorist groups explain themselves? How many people will have to die before we know their purpose? And at what point does this war on terror become an actual war? If Israel and India have both signed an agreement to fight the war against terror, how does this play out when the two are fighting an assumed outside power in one of the two’s country? Normally when hostages are held, the attackers ask for ransom or make some sort of formal demand. But after more than a full day, they have done no such thing.

As I fall asleep tonight, I have a deep sense of dread for the outcome of this situation. If it can go on for 30 hours without any sort of appeasement, why not 50 or 100? I fear a full-scale war. And at what point will the U.S. stick its dirty little nose into the action? Perhaps Bush is washing his hands clean of any conflict before he leaves office, instead leaving Obama with all the dirty work.