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Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama and Rashid Khalidi

The Oregonian's article about Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe contained another friendship to have worries about. Another one of Obama's friends who has close ties with the Palestinian sympathy is Rashid Khalidi, an adovcate of "Palestinian rights and the director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "

Khalidi is a Palestinian, born in 1950. His birth comes two years after Israel was created. He is said to be the Edward Said of Columbia University, and Said is very much anti-Israel. Khalidi glorifies anti-Israel Palestinian violence and said it contributes to "political enlightenment", and even admires those who carry it out. He dedicated his 1986 valentine to the PLO, Under Siege, to "those who gave their defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon." He does not see Israel as a democratic ally of the USA but an "aparatheid system in creation" and a destructive "racist" state. He makes up accusations such as his claim that Israel's army has "awful weapons of mass destruction that it has used in cities, villages and refugee camps." This is an outrageous lie.

Bobby Lopz-Albright, 75 years old in Philadelphia, saw reason to be worried about his influence on Obama. Khalidi is only one of many that cause me concern.

Starting with the fact that Obama's father is Muslim and that his beginnings were of a Muslim nature, he chose for 20 some years Reverent Wright to be his pastor, a man who was finding fault with Jews and Israel many times. Couple that with Wright's involvement with Louis Farrakhan, a known anti semite, and then finding that Obama was also friendly with other anti-Jewish anti-Israel people and I'm really concerned.

David Edward Bonior is his right hand man and is against Israel.
Zbigniew Brzezinksi and General McPeak were closely involved as advisors, and just recently let go. They were outspoken against Israel.
Robert Malley and Samantha Power are advisors who are anti-Israel.

By having so many people in is sphere of influence that are biased against Israel makes me believe that he has also been influenced against Israel, but to gain votes is hiding it rather well.

After giving that wonderful speech to AIPAC convincing everyone of his support of Israel, he caved in within less than 24 hours when reminded by a Palestinian of their aims. He didn't hold up to what he said in the meeting. He caved in. He makes nice talks when not attacked, but if confronted, bends to their will. To me, he did not believe in what he was saying in the first place. It was just rhetoric.

All this pales after seeing him speak in Berlin yesterday and gathering an audience of immense proportions. It was as if the Messiah were speaking to the masses. Obama can sway people with his words. Hitler was able to do this, also. One has to look into their hearts to really hear the message clearly. His message of tearing down walls that separate people made me stiffen. Was he thinking of the wall in Israel built to protect Israelis from the killers coming from the Palestinian side? Did he not understand the need for this particular wall? He saw the wall, then spoke about walls. How can I not connect the dots? Oh Obama, it's not what you say that will sway me; it's what you have been doing and how you react. It's how much you have been brainwashed by your past and your present advisors.

Reference: Oregonian 7/25, 2008, A4 article by Larry Johnson, More on Rashid Khalidi
past articles in my blog on Obama and advisors

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