NYT's Ethan Bronner is not exactly holding fire against Israel these days, and he shouldn't : investigations are proving how essential principles were deliberately abandoned during the recent invasion of the Gaza strip.
Bronner also pointed out* the obvious fact that Israel cannot stick to its darkest sides (racism, fascism, which are not a Avigdor Lieberman monopoly these days), particularily if moderates gain ground in Iran on June 12, 2009.
As a Nowruz celebration, Citizen Obama decided to cast a video ballot for the upcoming presidential elections.
The Iranian people discovered a POTUS talking directly to them with words of mutual respect, a humble admiration for the great Persian culture, and a genuine spark of intelligence and compassion in the eyes. Barack even cautioned the Islamic Republic of Iran label, tearing down a 30 year old wall between both nations.
Reaching out without touching faith, Obama's speech was actually putting as much pressure on Israel as on Iran.
Livni and Netanyahu had better come up with something fit for this new millenium.
* see "After Gaza, Israel Grapples With Crisis of Isolation" (NY Times - 20090318)
PS: Obama sent an even more direct message to Bush when he wrote to Chirac.
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