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Clinton In Middle East As Ceasefire Begins

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This is the doctrine which Barack Obama embraces when he allows Israel to carry out a military attack which violates international laws and which is, at its core, immoral.

It is this policy which President Obama endorsed when he sent Hillary Clinton to the region to help broker an end to the slaughter. We can only hope she and leaders in the region will find a ceasefire solution.

To the essential question -- what next? -- one thing cries out as an essential part of how this country should move forward.

When President Obama returns from his Asia trip, he must reflect on how much of the blame for the Gaza assault rests with him and his willingness to allow Benjamin Netanyahu to carry Israel, and the U.S. as a major enabler, into an ugly, brutal and immoral assault on a civilian population.

Barack Obama has a new four-year term before him. He will not run again for public office. In that sense, he is a free man. Now is the time for him to be the courageous and moral leader he must surely want to be, and his public wants him to be.

To do this, he must take control of U.S. foreign policy away from both the Israel Lobby, and another Israel-enabler, the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us again. The Gaza assault, the second against Gaza in four years, is an immoral act that must not be repeated.

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The picture at the top of the page of  a bomb strike in Gaza City, is from Mondoweiss. It was taken by Marah Elwadia.


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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)

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