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The end of our admiration of Obama.

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When he was first elected, we had so much hope. Hope that many things will change. Hope he makes significant changes to American politics and governance. Hope he makes momentous stands on principles that would etch him in the annals of history among the great US Presidents.

But hope with Obama remains just “hope”. Many in the US think he has not brought much change. His approval rating has been dipping and dipping probably better than just his predecessor George Bush.

But for the world many still clings to Obama as a man that will bring change. He did change the way how Americans deal with its powers in the world. It did bring much optimism until recently when reality hits the ground. He is actually no different from his predecessor.

That decisive moment was when he abused an Iftar session to humiliate Muslim leaders in the US. When it was an event to foster greater goodwill and relationship among the Muslims and non Muslims, he politicized the event to justify Israel’s position of indiscriminate killing and land grab of Palestinian land. Where Muslim leaders were to celebrate a great partnership with the US Government, Obama took the occasion to tell them to recognize the Israeli justification of their inhumane policy. The Israeli ambassador gleefully tweeted to the world how Israel was able to defend it’s position among the Muslims leaders.

What Obama did was unforgivable. He, in the words of Malcolm X, was trying to create hatred “on the people who are being oppressed and love the people who are doing the oppressing”. It’s like preaching to the black leaders movement then in the like of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King that it was the black’s fault that resulted in their discrimination and klu klux klan was justified in killing and torturing the blacks. Obama has betrayed this very principle of the black movement which has brought his presidency.

Shame on you Obama.


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