NYCLAW Antiwar Digest (11.14.08)

10 DAYS AFTER

Obama: Keep Lieberman
“We’d be happy to have Sen. Lieberman caucus with the Democrats. We don’t hold any grudges.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lieberman12-2008nov12,0,6119173.story

The Empire’s New Clothes
The Empire wants new clothes and Obama is just the man to wear them.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=879&Itemid=1

Don’t Believe the Hype
Yes, Obama’s election is historic, a symbol of great change to many. But it is equally true that the American elite has grown adept at using the black middle and management class.
http://www.newstatesman.com/north-america/2008/11/barack-obama-pilger-texas

Yes We Can . . . What, Mr. Obama?
[I]f this was truly a victory for African-Americans, we’d see more [Rev.] Wrights than Rahms at Obama’s side in the White House.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/eo20081113a1.html

Obama, Rahm-bo and the End of the New American Century
If the change President-elect Obama has promised includes a halt to America’s wars of aggression and an end to the rip-off of taxpayers by powerful financial interests, what explains Obama’s choice of foreign and economic policy advisors?
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14382

Does a Leopard Change its Spots?
[W]e should respond to Obama in exactly the same way we should have responded to Bush, that is to say through mobilization and now even more so given that he was elected on a platform of “change.”
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m48694&hd=&size=1&l=e

Holding the Obama Administration Accountable, Part 1
The campaign to elect the president is over. The campaign to make the president DO what he was elected FOR is underway.
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=887&Itemid=1

Them or Us?
[W]hether the policies of Rahm Emanuel and the rest of the New Democrat mafia are the future for the Obama era will depend largely on what kind of opposition that activists build — based on the idea that change is not only possible but has to be fought for.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/11/12/chief-of-fixing-for-obama

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PALESTINE

Israel Escalates Gaza Blockade
“This is a crime against innocent civilians.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-gaza14-2008nov14,0,5998371.story

Real Lessons of Kristallnacht
When Jewish mobs shouted “death to the Arabs” in Acre a few weeks ago, that was certainly reminiscent of pogroms in Europe. . . . The lesson of Kristallnacht is surely that any group of people, given the right set of circumstances, can become transformed from oppressed to oppressor.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/10/germany-israel-palestinians

Acre Pogrom Springs From Zionism
As long as Israel continues to function as a “Jewish” state and continues its illegal and brutal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank there will be no resolution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14365

PA Escalates Attacks on Hamas

Palestinian security forces were recently deployed in Hebron, where their presence is now heavily felt. Their primary target is Hamas.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1036788.html

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AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN

U.S. Kills 12 More Pakistanis
“They were American [missiles].”
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-us-pakistan-missile.html?ref=world

Don’t Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart
[A]fter January 20th, expect Obama to take possession of George Bush’s disastrous Afghan War; and unless he is far more skilled than Alexander the Great, British empire builders, and the Russians, his war, too, will continue to rage without ever becoming a raging success.
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175001/no_breathing_space_in_washington

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IRAQ

Gen. Tommy Franks: Obama Will ‘Do the Right Thing’
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who developed and executed the Iraq invasion plan, said President-elect Obama will ”do the right thing” when it comes to the war.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Franks-Obama.html

Obama May Keep Gates
[H]is appointment could mean that Mr. Obama was effectively shelving his campaign promise to remove most troops from Iraq by mid-2010.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122636621096215941.html

What Security?
“There is no security. We only hear about security from the TV stations.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/10/AR2008111000144.html

What Safety?
“The safety is just for the officials and ministers. The victims here are me and you, the helpless people.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq13-2008nov13,0,6714674.story

Iraqi Communist Party Still Opposes Resistance
[T]aking up arms [against the occupation] would not only be wrong but would be a sin, and often turns into a crime.
http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/7710/

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