That’s all they could muster. 11 brave Democratic Representatives (not a Jew among them) signed a letter criticizing Israel’s assault on common decency by laying siege to Gaza last week. Instead of demanding the U.S. ambassador to the UN criticize Qassam rocket attacks or remain silent on the Gaza issue, Barack Obama should’ve looked over his shoulder at some really forward-thinking Democrats who could’ve shown him the right thing to do regarding Gaza. It reminds me of the old Simon & Garfunkel song, Mrs Robinson, which I paraphrase:
Where have you gone Barack Obama? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. What’s that you say…Barack has left and gone away.
Unfortunately, there seems to be only one copy of this letter available on the internet as a pdf file which has been set to prevent cutting, copying or pasting the text so I can’t readily quote from it. But here’s the letter in its entirety.
These are the Congressional profiles in courage:
* Neil Abercrombie (HI)
* John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
* Danny Davis (IL)
* Sam Farr (CA)
* Raul Grijalva (AZ)
* Maurice Hinchey (NY)
* Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)
* Dennis Kucinich (OH)
* Betty McCollum (MN)
* Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
* James Oberstar (MN)
There ARE Jewish representatives who have to be horrified by Israel’s behavior (Bob Filner, Lois Capps, Bob Wexler among others?). But they seem to be afraid to stick their necks out on this one.
Let me make clear that both sides should be criticized for their behavior, the Palestinians launching Qassams and Israel for its siege. But to criticize only the former or remain silent altogether as Obama insisted in his own letter is a morally impermissible response.