October 19, 2011

Canada - We've got some stones.

Damn America, we're showing you up!  Israel, are you paying attention to the country that was the first to walk out on Ahmedinejad at the U.N. during his hate speech against Israel?  Hint:  It wasn't the U.S.  It was Canada.  And we have little time for Palestinian hate speech too, even if it is in tweet form.

Oops. I didn't mean to retweet it.

Meanwhile at the White House (courtesy of FT);
Exactly a year ago this week, President Barack Obama stood at the podium at the UN General Assembly and declared his support for a Palestinian state. “Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state,” Mr Obama told the general assembly, unless the two parties reached a peace agreement. 

So it will be some degree of awkwardness that Mr Obama returns to the UN this week and directs his representatives to vote against a plan that would lead to Palestinians achieving that exact destination, albeit by a different route. 

Indeed, the US president will be acutely aware how hypocritical he must appear: voicing support for democratic transitions across the Middle East at the same time as scuppering Palestinian aspirations for recognition. Mr Obama hardly wants to be seen as being on the wrong side of the change sweeping through the Arab world.
Wishy washy. 

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