Continuing on the theme of the “change” in America; some of the reactions in Israel are interesting but none more so than that from the Palestinian MK (member of the knesset), Ahmed Tibi , who called Obama’s victory a “defeat of racism… the American people have proven their grandness and have headed out on the dawn of a new day and a new world. We must always remember, only in the darkness can one see the stars.”(1) The inference is clear and you don’t have to be Einstein to realise that there is a not so subtle reference to the oxymoronic “Jewish Democracy”. A little bit sad, however, when the opinions of elected representatives have to be expressed in conundrums.
In the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown opened his question time session in the commons by congratulating Obama and then going on to say that, “the bonds that unite the US and Britain were “vital for our prosperity and security”. (2) Well, in for a penny, in for a pound and Obama’s victory will, at least, take the wind out of the sails of those who might want to criticise ‘Blighty’s’ “special relationship”.
Anyway, this morning the world is awash with platitudes of praise. However, apart from MK Tibi’s statement, the only other statement I have found of note until now is that from one elderly Bagdhadi who said, (refering to Obama) “He will talk with Iran and prefer a peaceful track to more war. The situation in Iraq depends on the status of the relations between Iran and the US, so hopefully things will be better for Iraq.”(3) Are you listening Mr. Obama and maybe, just maybe, there are some long faces in Israel today. Let us hope that the black man, doesn’t undergo a metamorphosis a la Michael Jackson. and become white, while consoling ourselves at least with the prospect of having someone who is both intelligent and articulate in the White House, who at least will know the capital city of the country his forces are bombing, the name of the Head of State, whose hand he is shaking and understand that the Bantustan the Palestinians are being offered is about equivalent to that offered to black South Africans by that other chosen people, the boring boers, who, incidently, also liked to carry big bibles. Perhaps, he might remember too that a another black man, Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years of his life in prison because he was not willing to accept this.
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