Then we had to hear what
to be in the new Middle East. We did not hear if the
Arabs wanted them to have a role
by Robert Fisk
The Independent (
Lots of rhetoric - but very little help
May 20, 2011
It was the same old story. Palestinians can have a "viable"
It was a kind of Second Coming, I suppose, Cairo re-pledged, another crack at the Middle East, as boring and as unfair as all the other ones, with lots of rhetoric about the Arab revolutions which Obama did nothing to help. Some of it was positively delusional. "We have broken the Taliban's momentum," the great speechifier said. What? Does he really
- really - think that?
Of course, there was the usual rhetoric bath for
Courage. Peace. Dignity. Democracy. A creature from Mars would think that the man had helped to bring about the revolutions in the
There was some knuckle-rapping to
We got one timid reference to "Israeli settlement activity", a crack at Hamas (naturally), lots of tears for the Tunisian vegetable vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who started off the revolutions -
Is Obama just talking too much? I fear so. He was cashing in, bathing in his own words as he did in his miserable performance when he got the Nobel Peace Prize for Speechmaking.
And then, I guessed it before he said it, he compared the Arab revolutions to the American revolution. We hold these truths to be self-evident, etc, etc. That many Arabs fought and died to be free of us than to be like Americans was quite lost on him. And then we had to hear what
Well, this weekend is Netanyahu's weekend and the Israeli settlements - more were flagged only hours before Obama spoke - will go on as before. And by the time Obama ends up swearing eternal loyalty to the Israelis, the Arabs will forget yesterday's posturing. And the reference to the "Jewish state" was obviously intended to make Netanyahu happy. Last time I went there, there were hundreds of thousands of Arabs who lived in
Or maybe I was just imagining.
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