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On Israel-Gaza Crisis: Obama, How About a Game of 20 Questions?

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Obama recently told reporters, in response to criticism he has received for being silent on Israel’s military annihilation of Gaza:

"After January 20 I am going to have plenty to say about the issue and I am not backing away at all from what I said during the campaign, that ... at the beginning of our administration, we are going to engage effectively and consistently in trying to resolve the conflict that existed in the Middle East…Until then, my job is to monitor the situation, put together the best possible national security team so that we hit the ground running once we are responsible for national security issues.”

First off, Obama spoke in the past tense. He said “the conflict that existed.”

How do you resolve a conflict that existed? Existed implies that it does not exist anymore and if a problem does not exist anymore, what will there be to resolve?

Either this is some Freudian slip or perhaps January 20th is some kind of key date. Will this all be over by January 20th? Does Obama know something we don’t know about Israeli’s operations? Will the endgame be reached by the time Obama is inaugurated?

Obviously, the problem will not go away after President-elect Obama becomes President Obama.

As Obama says “no comment” and claims to be “monitoring” the situation, the American public and more importantly, the world looks on dumbfounded.

Both America and the world desired hope and change---a change from the way things are done in Washington. Obama has not even been inaugurated yet and there is now a huge reason to doubt that Obama will be anything different from his predecessors on the issue of Israel and most likely the global "war on terror."

Should we start counseling people to prepare to be disappointed? Should we be creating areas in public for those who will become demoralized to go to and seek refuge?

Not yet. No, instead I suggest that we play a game of 20 Questions. That’s right. I’m sure that if we keep asking eventually Obama will say something that will let us know what he really thinks about the situation.

Of course, silence says a lot. Most of the mainstream thinking is that Israel has a right to defend itself and Hamas’ rocket firing started this and Israel agreed to a truce which Hamas broke or maybe Israel broke it but Hamas uses civilians as “human shields” and parents train their children to die and Israel has a “right to exist” and Hamas wants to wipe Israel off the map and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that and Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier and Hugo Chavez supports Iran and should be assassinated and…

By not speaking, the people of America and the world can only conclude that Obama hasn't much to add to the unfolding horror in the Middle East. When considering his speech to AIPAC during the election, such a conclusion may not be a bad one.

However, change happened on Nov. 4th. Change came to America in November. And, with change here in America to stay, let’s not doubt Obama. Instead, let’s play a game.

A game of 20 questions. One on one, the citizens of the world might be able to deduce what Obama is thinking and pry some of his thoughts from his brain.

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD: Is it a person, place, or thing?

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for OpEdNews.com and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)
 
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