President Obama and Israel, the Muslims and President Obama


On June 2, 2010, on this page in the post “It’s fearful: President Obama is allowing himself to be exploited”, an aspect of the narrative was that because of how the president apologetically has  presented himself to the world, certain elements and peculiar leaders of particular countries apparently size him up in unflattering ways and as not having the mettle to get out of the box in which he has placed himself – the interpretation held by some seems to be that the president believes generally that The United States of America historically has wronged the world, and particularly,  has wronged the Muslims; and,  furthermore, that he will not be a part of wronging them anymore…

That apparent perception by some foreign leaders regarding the president  leads them to challenge American interests throughout the world in various ways…

Lately, for example, Iran, through words espoused by an aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenie, has floated the idea  that in the future, ships attempting to run the Israeli Blockade of Gaza might be escorted by the naval forces of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard…  That would be a grave escalation…

Aide Ali Shirazi [From the GUARDIAN newspaper, U.K.] Ali Shirazi, an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks under a picture of the supreme leader in Tehran

Because the president has not forcefully defended Israel in the last few days, and in the relatively recent past also has disparaged and seemingly sought to undermine Binjamin Netanyahu’s leadership of Israel, it would not be surprising if miscalculations might be made or that miscalculations already have been made by some that America’s support for Israel has diminished significantly, thereby inadvertently giving a red light to continuing aggressive action by the Muslims against America’s traditional ally. [Witness, the Muslims seem to note, how passively President Obama reacted to the actions of North Korea reportedly sinking the ship of South Korea, an American ally.]

Stay tuned…

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6 Responses

  1. Hey, HippieProf,
    re: “I think you have done a good job of describing part of the minefield that characterizes Mideast politics… ” — On this aspect of the matter I think you and I are not only in the same ballpark but on the same baseline… Take care…

  2. Hippieprof,
    I appreciate the opportunity we all have and take to make clarifications, and thank you for responding…

    Not everyone makes the assumption that “… all of the evil in the region comes from the Palestinians…”, but one point suggested in various posts here ( in possibly unclear ways) is that when the “White House” seemingly tries to show the Arabs or Muslims that America understands “their pain and grievances”,… the way it is grasped by some in the region seems to be that the U.S.A. is forsaking Israel and that in short order the Jewish people will be driven into the sea…
    Without clarity from the Obama Administration, the suggestion here is that rather than helping solve the problem in the Middle East by relying on “nuances”, the White House risks creating more, as well as more severe confrontations, rather than fewer…

    • PanAm said: Without clarity from the Obama Administration, the suggestion here is that rather than helping solve the problem in the Middle East by relying on “nuances”, the White House risks creating more, as well as more severe confrontations, rather than fewer…

      I think you have done a good job of describing part of the minefield that characterizes Mideast politics. If we publicly support Israel to strongly, we probably end up encouraging them to take some actions we would rather they not be taking. On the other hand, if our public support seems to waver it probably encourages other nations to act boldly against Israel, which we also don’t want to see happen.

      — hp

  3. Hippieprof, Thank you for the comment… But please don’t off the bat write for the first time here and make assumptions about people, as well as assumptions that no one knows about the culture of the Arabs… Be polite, and give other people the benefit of any doubt that they might be as well versed or more so than you in the areas to which you refer…

    • PanAm – I am so sorry if I came off as rude – and I certainly didn’t mean to make assumptions about people. I think I was responding in advance to some of the replies I have received when I have said similar withing on other blogs in the past.

      The whole reason I do this is to engender civil discussions – and I am really sorry if I managed to do the exact opposite…

      😉

      I look forward to delving further…..

      — hp

  4. A couple of quick responses….

    1) Nobody in the Middle East has clean hands – not Israel, not the Palestinians, not the US. Yes – Israel indeed is a vital US ally – but to act as if all of the evil in the region comes from the Palestinian is unrealistic. What some people see as apologizing and pandering to Arab nations might instead be interpreted as a realization that the Palestinians do indeed have some legitimate grievances. I reiterate – nobody has clean hands in the region.

    2) In America we have virtually no understanding of tribal cultures and governments. We are blind if we think we can do work in the Middle East without some understanding of how those tribal cultures work. If we go in bold and blustering with no sense of those cultures we are doomed to fail – or worse, to perpetuate a permanent cycle of violence.

    Yes – I suspect nobody here will agree with me. So be it….

    😉

    — hippieprof

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