Friday, July 25, 2008

The walls that separate us



“That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.”
- Senator Obama, in Berlin at the Siegessäule

This blogger wonders if the “separation barrier” was included in the recitation above, but thinks probably not. While on his trip to Israel Senator Obama was driven past (note: the articles says “past” as opposed to “through”) an Israeli checkpoint into Ramallah on the West Bank to meet that “man of peace despite his Qassams” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. However, while on this obligatory (for U.S. politicians) trip to swear fealty he did not take the opportunity to opine on the separation barrier

NYT: Obama's Speech in Berlin
Obama tells Israel he's committed to its security



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