Last week President Obama said, “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state.” Wayne Allyn Root claims, “For the first time in history an American President has chosen to abandon our great friend and ally, Israel, in favor of radical Muslims led by the terrorist group Hamas.” It seems Root missed the part of the speech where Obama said, “Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist.”
However, since President Obama wants to redraw borders to achieve peace; I’m curious if the President will also call upon a return to the United Kingdom’s pre-1920 borders – that should help achieve peace in Northern Ireland by unifying Ireland. Maybe China should return to pre-1950 borders to allow for an independent Tibet. Maybe all of Europe should again be under Rome’s control. Or, maybe the United States should not be involved in policy making that does not directly affect the United States. President Obama hinted at this – though it is doubtful he will not continue to involve the United States. “Ultimately, it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to take action. No peace can be imposed upon them, nor can endless delay make the problem go away. But what America and the international community can do is state frankly what everyone knows: a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples. Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people; each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.”
The President further stated, “There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity… We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders.”
If the President really supported self-determination, as he claims, he would urge Congress to allow American territories a vote on independence. Or does he only support self-determination for people that aren’t “his subjects”?
If the President truly supported free speech & free assembly, he would not have allowed the use of military as “crowd control” during the 2009 G-20 summit in Pittsburgh. Or does he only support free speech & free assembly when it is others that are being criticized?
American foreign policy should be: no foreign aid to any nation, no military base in any nation, and as Thomas Jefferson suggested “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
Obama also states,“the United States of America was founded on the belief that people should govern themselves.” What about those that do not wish to be governed? Can we “exempt” ourselves and/or form voluntaryist communities? Or does he believe that only non-Americans should govern themselves?