President Obama's speech reflected accountability not to his base, the extraordinary mobilization of people who swept this anti-war and anti-racist candidate into office, but rather to the exigencies of Washington's traditional military, political, and corporate power-brokers who define "national security."
Obama's caving in to the pressures of Pentagon to escalate the war in Afghanistan will inevitably mean weakening his programmes at home and losing the support of the broad progressive coalition that brought him to power.
The UN has huge role to play in Afghanistan, but when it is trying to do this under the conditions of occupation it is inevitable that it is going to be seen as part of that occupation, not as part of the solution.
Despite the impeccable credentials of the commission members, and the worldwide reputation of Richard Goldstone as a person of integrity and political balance, Israel refused cooperation from the outset.
The reality of power – that the U.S. is still the financial, military, diplomatic and political superpower patron on which Israel depends – was not reflected in the press conference that followed the meeting.
De gruwelijke taferelen in Gaza blijven voortduren. De bombardementen en beschietingen zijn de tweede week ingegaan en het Israëlische leger is nu ook een grondoffensief begonnen, voert artilleriebeschietingen uit en is en het Palestijnse gebied binnengetrokken met tanks. Het dodental is (aan Palestijnse kant) tot over de 600 gestegen, volgens Palestijnse bronnen.