While many of us in the US revel in the electoral defeat of the right wing and imagine some kind of seismic shift
in the direction of our national policies, history does not give us much hope. Rhetoric aside, the Democrats, even in a majority supported the policies of this administration, voted for war in Iraq, and voted in reactionaly judges. It is up to us to confront their hypocrisy
and corporate loyalties.
Meanwhile, Palestine bleeds
as Israel unleashes all out state terrorism
in Gaza and you can bet that most of the newly elected Democrats are just as willing as the Repugs they defeated to give their blind support to Israel.
It is not just the Palestinians who suffer the consequences of this criminal policy of supporting terrorism. The world knows who holds the leash on Israel, who supplies the tanks, bulldozers and bullets, who pays for it all and who calls the shots. Injustice only breeds anger and the desire for vengeance. If these new winds
in DC are to be more than hot air, we must see a condemnation and reeling in of Israel. We must see demands for an end to the occupation of Palestine and the recognition of a Palestinian sate. That will go a lot farther in bringing reconciliation and peace in the Middle East than all the empty promises and military escalations we can devise.