Saturday, March 10, 2007

We might as well get this out of the way...

The above picture is from an Arab community event held in Chicago in the late 1990s, and yes your eyes do not deceive you: that's Barack & Michelle Obama sharing a meal with Edward and Mariam Said during the event. Said's sin was to contend that the Palestinians were - get this - humans and deserved much better than the treatment they've received at the hands of the Israeli government. Not very PC¹ of Said, to be sure, and one huge reason why Dr. Said's work is continued to be pilloried to this day by US right-wing hardliners and by those who consider themselves part of the "respectable" left. Even worse, Dr. Said was a prolific writer and scholar during the course of his life. His most famous work, Orientalism, for example, is a must-read for those who do research in the humanities and social sciences (and really anyone trying to understand the US & British Zeitgeist with regard to the Middle East).

My guess is that if Hillary Clinton feels too threatened by Obama's campaign numbers once the election season gets hot and heavy, expect her staffers to try to use pix such as this one as a means to call question to Obama's loyalty to AIPAC (short story: don't worry, Obama sufficiently loyal to the Israeli colonialist state). One thing the Clintons do very well is to play dirty.

Via American Samizdat and The Angry Arab News Service.

¹ By PC, I mean in the original Maoist/Chinese Imperialist sense of the term.

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