In his Presidential inauguration address today, Barack Obama explicitly addressed Muslims and said:
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. ”
It was definitely a gesture of goodwill to the Muslim world in general, at least in words.
Then he added:
“To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”
As for who are these ‘leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict’ – the first name that comes to mind is the state of Israel – as it has shown by its three weeks of brutal serial-murdering spree of 1300 men,women and children in Gaza, that its leadership believes in conflict and destruction as the means to continue its occupation and subjugation of Palestine and Palestinians.
If you are wondering if Obama had anything more to say to Israel, How about this:
“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
“and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”
Now, you may or may not agree whether Obama’s speech-writer Jon Favraeu had Israel in mind when he wrote these lines, but Ponder this….who else has terrorized and slaughtered unarmed and innocent people in recent days except Israel?
Mr. Obama’s choice of George Mitchell as a Special envoy to Middle-east is a welcome step , at least he did not choose someone like Pro-Israeli Dennis Ross, which would have been a non-starter.
So Mr. Obama, If you want to help Israel unclench its bloody fists – Be tough and not be swayed by the Pro-Israel lobby of Washington and the servants of Israel in the Congress.
Because, they are ready as always to obstruct your efforts as they have done with other Presidents in the past.