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How Barack Obama learned to love Israel


Obama's unabashed support for Israel is not news to me, but how recent his conversion was, is. What's interesting is how little flack Obama has gotten for this. Not in the mainstream media of course, but even in more progressive circles. (I think it's the first mention of it in this LJ.)

I think this is an example of how social change cannot only happen through electoral means, no matter how good the people elected can are. Electoral movements without social movements always lead to dismaying results. The current Obama wave is lacking a social movement to give the candidate a backbone.

The converse is true as well. The pro-Tibet movement, which could maintain a certain momentum this year, lacks a political champion and will not go anywhere. That's in spite of the general sinophobia vibe that was only prevented from taking off by the distraction offered by September 11.

(edited for clarity)

Date: 2008-04-09 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamemperor.livejournal.com

I'm having trouble figuring out how the sentences in the first paragraph relate to each other. They don't seem to be connected thoughts?

Also, what do you mean by social movement?

Date: 2008-04-09 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frandroid.livejournal.com
I've added a paragraph and connected the ideas together.

Social movement... Activists and community groups that make demands and take action in order to be heard, the usual stuff. There's some good stuff in Obama's platform, but not much will happen without Congress feeling some electoral heat.

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