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Israel Starts Ground Offensive in Gaza in Bid to Halt Rockets

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Barack Obama's chances of making a fresh start in US relations with the Muslim world, and the Middle East in particular, appear to diminish with each new wave of Israeli attacks on Palestinian targets in Gaza. That seems hardly fair, given the president-elect does not take office until January 20. But foreign wars don't wait for Washington inaugurations.

Obama has remained wholly silent during the Gaza crisis. His aides say he is following established protocol that the US has only one president at a time. Hillary Clinton, his designated secretary of state, and Joe Biden, the vice-president-elect and foreign policy expert, have also been uncharacteristically taciturn on the subject.

But evidence is mounting that Obama is already losing ground among key Arab and Muslim audiences that cannot understand why, given his promise of change, he has not spoken out. Arab commentators and editorialists say there is growing disappointment at Obama's detachment - and that his failure to distance himself from George Bush's strongly pro-Israeli stance is encouraging the belief that he either shares Bush's bias or simply does not care.

The Al-Jazeera satellite television station recently broadcast footage of Obama on holiday in Hawaii, wearing shorts and playing golf, juxtaposed with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem in Gaza. Its report criticising "the deafening silence from the Obama team" suggested Obama is losing a battle of perceptions among Muslims that he may not realise has even begun.

"People recall his campaign slogan of change and hoped that it would apply to the Palestinian situation," Jordanian analyst Labib Kamhawi told Liz Sly of the Chicago Tribune. "So they look at his silence as a negative sign. They think he is condoning what happened in Gaza because he's not expressing any opinion."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jan/04/obama-gaza-israel

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Hamas is closer to The Sopranos than anything else.

Think we feel bad about our political options, imagine the Palestinians.

Sopranos as in thats how they got elected, thats how they rule, or both?

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We don't have a population that lives under siege or in refugee camps either. Hell, there are rednecks here ready to head for the hills with their guns because we elected a Democrat president.

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We don't have a population that lives under siege or in refugee camps either. Hell, there are rednecks here ready to head for the hills with their guns because we elected a Democrat president.

We WILL be under siege, starting January 20.

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Have fun up in the hills then.

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Have fun up in the hills then.

Sea monsters don't live in the hills.

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And also since you feel like blaming religion on all of this here's a little tidbit for ya!

Palestinians are Muslim's, not peace having, cookie baking, shake your hand one's, there diluted, murdering fanatics, which like I said in my first post could give a damn if you feel sorry for them or not. They would slowly slice through your neck flesh and cut your head off, all while praising Allah and damning Israel for protecting itself.

WOW! Don't hold back on the generalizations there Mr Metzger.

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Sopranos as in thats how they got elected, thats how they rule, or both?

Pretty much all three. Throw in the religious element like Deac suggested and there you go.

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And also since you feel like blaming religion on all of this here's a little tidbit for ya!

Palestinians are Muslim's, not peace having, cookie baking, shake your hand one's, there diluted, murdering fanatics, which like I said in my first post could give a damn if you feel sorry for them or not. They would slowly slice through your neck flesh and cut your head off, all while praising Allah and damning Israel for protecting itself.

you'll be happy to know that Israel is doing its best to dilute them further.

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