US to help plan 'Durban II' UN racism conference

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    The Obama administration said late Saturday it would participate in planning for a UN conference on racism dubbed 'Durban II' despite concerns the meeting will be used by Arab nations and others to demonize Israel.

    The US will decide later whether to participate in the conference.

    The State Department said it would send diplomats next week to participate in preparatory meetings for the World Conference Against Racism, which is set to be held in Geneva, Switzerland in April and which some countries including Israel have already decided to boycott.

    During the Bush administration the United States and Israel walked out the first UN conference on racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001 over efforts to pass a resolution comparing Zionism - the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state - to racism.


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    Maybe Obama can send one of his pastors to the conference.
     
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    They'll ask Israel first.
     
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    I think they'll discuss it with Israel and with Canada and some European countries that are uneasy about the conference, but it isn't clear Obama will take a more multilateral approach that Bush did.
     
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    The conference will end badly, and I predict that it will condemn Israel over and over again.
     
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    That is probably why the US will not participate.
     
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    In his first book, Obama talks frankly about racism, including anti semitism, among black people in Chicago, and what was interesting was his analysis of it was not about whether it was right or wrong but about whether it was useful to his work as a community organizer, and he decided it wasn't, but he continued to work with people he considered racists and anti semites when he found it to be useful.

    Similarly, in this book he tells us about how his long relationship with Jeremiah Wright began. Obama acknowledges that he had not had strong religious feelings but used to attend religious services at various black churches because he needed the help of religious leaders in order to get support for his community organizing efforts, and when he heard Wright preach about hope despite the long history of oppression, it brought tears to his eyes because he realized this was the message he needed to bring to his community organizing work and he needed to do it as powerfully as Wright had done. So he continued to attend Wright's services and took his children to hear Wright's services despite the clear message of racism and anti Americanism in Wright's sermons because he found the final message delivered to be useful.

    Based on what he wrote in this book and his long relationship with Wright, I believe Obama finds nothing offensive in anti semitism and will decide whether the US should participate in a hate fest at Durban II based on whether he thinks participating will advance his agenda in the ME and whether he thinks the US public would accept the US sitting there while Iran and others demand the destruction of Israel and present variations of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

    With regard to this conference, imo, if Obama can persuade the American people that the anti semitism espoused by most of the Muslim world should not be taken too seriously because their suspicions of Christians and Jews are understandable because of European colonialism, the struggle to preserve their identity while they move into a world designed by non Muslims, etc., - essentially the argument he first advanced to try to excuse Wright's racism and anti Americanism - the US will be willing to sit and listen to anti semitic statements that would make Hitler blush, but if Obama believes such action will cost him too much political capital, the US will not attend without assurances that it will not be a hate Jews festival as the first Durban was and that if the conference is hijacked by Iran and others, the US will walk out.

    Imo, Israel has reason to be both worried and comforted by the kind of unprincipled pragmatism Obama embraced before he became President.
     
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    With as many threads that toomuchtime_ posts on this forum demonizing arabs it's a gut busting knee slapper that he'd cry about American participation in something that paranoia tells him might demonize israel. For real, dude. if you are worried about the reputation of israel then perhaps you should spend less time making excuses for killing civilian non-jews and more time discovering that jews are not the only ethnicity in the world that counts.
     
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    Or he and David among a good number of this board should just finally admit they are more loyal to Israel and her interests then America and her interests.

    Ghook and David are the only cowards to admit they put Israel first already but neither would go serve in the IDF. They want America to go and fight Israel's battles. Even if it was not in the best interest of America.
     
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