Weekly Letter to President Obama
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INAUGURATION, January 20, 2009
Drunk in its stale air
For two hundred years.
Fettered in mind and body,
The soul, the safe escape
To let me breathe the cries
Of my heart singing
Tears of mel-an-choly.
The tears flow free today
Washing the stains of blood
And sweat in brotherhood.
Raise the curtain then an'
Let the world look in
On this promised land --
We breathe free today.... almost.
--- Arshad M. Khan
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
--- Native American proverb
August 14, 2015
Mr. President: This week brought the sad news that former President Jimmy Carter
had undergone surgery for a spreading liver cancer. His has been a remarkable
post-presidential career: a foundation eradicating water-borne diseases in Africa,
monitoring elections worldwide including the Palestinian elections won by Hamas,
among other things. He is even now speaking out against the Netanyahu
government's policy of continually annexing bit-by-bit what is left of the Palestinian
West Bank. In an interview with Prospect magazine editor Bronwen Maddox, he offers
a frank assessment. "At this moment," he says, "there is zero chance of a two-state
On his visit to the West Bank in April this year, he says he did not ask for a meeting
with Netanyahu because "it would be a waste of time to ask" --he would have been
rebuffed as he had been many times previously. "The Netanyahu government", he
said, "decided early on to adopt a one-state solution" meaning control of the West
Bank "but without giving [Palestinians] equal rights."
Maddox asked if Israel was heading for apartheid, Carter said, "I am reluctant to use
that word." His logic was flawless, given the rising Arab population leading to majority,
and thus "Palestinians will have a majority in government: unless "you deprive them of
For Palestinians there is no habeas corpus. As I write this, a Palestinian lawyer on
hunger strike for detention without trial is being force fed.
Meanwhile the blatant interference in U.S. foreign policy, specifically the Iran deal
continues. The tail is wagging the dog ... again.