GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Biden must lose

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Trump supporters chant at Trump rally:
“Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
“Genocide Joe has got to go!”

Trump says they’re not wrong.

Times of India

NEW DELHI: Chants of ‘genocide Joe’ raised against US president Joe Biden caused Donald Trump to pause his rally….
….As the noise of slogans increased, Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee said,
“They’re not wrong, they’re not wrong….”

Will Trump be worse than Biden towards the Palestinians?

Of course he will.

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Everything Biden has done in the Middle East is a continuation of Trump’s policies toward the Palestinians, even its penultimate conclusion of genocide and expulsion.

Trump moved the US embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to the illegally occupied Palestine capitol city of Jerusalem. A move which dashed the Palestinian people’s aspiration of ever having their own state. And a move that Biden has not reversed.

Trump launched the ‘Abraham Accords’ The long time held wet dream of US imperialists on both sides of the House, to get the oil rich Arab dictatorships and autocracies allied to the US, to embrace Israel. A step previously held to be too far for most of the Arab states in fear of their people’s reaction to this betrayal of the Palestinian people.

Just before the Hamas October 7 attack on Israel, Biden was just about to close the long sought deal between the pro-US dictators and Sultans and the US and Israel, known as the Abraham Accord, when the dream was shattered by Israel’s genocidal counter attack, armed and supported by Biden, repulsed the whole Arab world. (and much of the rest of the world as well).

Time Magazine
It’s Time to Scrap the Abraham Accords

5 MINUTE READ

When the United Arab Emirates first signed the Abraham Accords in 2020—normalizing relations with Israel—its rulers hailed the agreement as a means to encourage and cajole Israel to take positive steps toward ending its occupation and annexation of Palestinian territory. Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco followed suit.
But the real premise of the Accords was proving that the Palestinian issue was no longer an obstacle for Israel’s relationships in the region, as Arab states dropped their demand for a Palestinian state as a condition to normalizing ties with Israel. The pact promised regional security despite allowing Israel to bypass the rights of 6 million Palestinians living under daily brutality, military occupation, and apartheid rule to establish alliances with authoritarian regional regimes. As many of us predicted at the time—myself included—that was always bound to fail. The shocking Hamas attack on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people in Israel, has now made that clear to all.
Rather than curbing Israeli abuses, the Accords emboldened successive Israeli governments to further ignore Palestinian rights. In the first year after the Accords, settler violence dramatically increased in the West Bank. Following the election of Israel’s most right-wing government in history in 2022, cabinet ministers openly called for the annexation of the West Bank and announced massive settlement expansions. In the year leading up to Oct. 7, Israeli forces had already killed almost 200 Palestinians in the West Bank…..

Genocide Joe has got to go

Donald Trump who started this process of cutting the Palestinians from History, that has been continued by Joe Biden, has been delivered a message by his supporters, that genocide is a step too far.

This message can only be reinforced for Trump, with Biden’s defeat.

If Biden loses, – his support for Israel’s genocide in Gaza will be the issue that cost Biden the election.

Biden’s Support for Genocide May Cost Him Key Swing States
BY CHRISTINA LIEFFRING, May 26, 2024

A new poll of voters in five key battleground states has found that President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israeli assault on Gaza is greatly impacting his chances of reelection — with some 20 percent ​“less likely” to show up for him at the ballot box in November…..

Echoes of LBJ
Anti-Vietnam war protesters chant:
“Hey, Hey LBJ!
How many kids did you kill today?!”

The Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and 1965. The term was first referenced during a 1964 speech by Johnson at Ohio University, then later formally presented at the University of Michigan, and came to represent his domestic agenda. The Great Society was a set of domestic programs in the United States launched by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and 1965. The term was first referenced during a 1964 speech by Johnson at Ohio University,[1] then later formally presented at the University of Michigan, and came to represent his domestic agenda.[2] The main goal was the total elimination of poverty and racial injustice.
New major federal programs that addressed civil rights, education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation were launched during this period. The program and its initiatives were subsequently promoted by LBJ and fellow Democrats in Congress in the 1960s. The Great Society in scope and sweep resembled the 1930s New Deal domestic agenda of Franklin D. Roosevelt…..

LBJ lost the election to Nixon despite his Great Society program, because of his support for the brutal US war in Vietnam.

Nixon won partly by tapping into anti-war feeling, with his promise to stop the war. What the American people found out the hard way was what Nixon meant by stopping the war was through a genocidal aerial bombing campaign of North Vietnam and Cambodia.
Nixon’s was defeated on the home front by the millions of anti-war protesters who rallied in the streets and campuses and in front of the Whitehouse. The American people will have to do the same again if Trump wins the election.

The BBC

The Peace Moratorium is believed to have been the largest demonstration in US history with an estimated two million people involved. In towns and cities …

 

Pat O’Dea is a staunch unionist and activist 

30 COMMENTS

  1. Joe, Trump, Barack, Dubya. Each and every one a war criminal. In actuality they each sat on top of a genocidal war machine replete with dozens of co conspirators like Blinken, Nuland etc.

    A second Trump regime won’t help Palestine. The Zionist lobby that pours funding into US politics includes the wealthiest bankers on earth. The administration is full of Zionists. The military see Israel as an unsinkable aircraft carrier to help control oil on behalf of the oil magnates.

    The only hope is for the US to reform it’s institutions and become a democracy that respects law. Fat hope when we witness the judicial lawfare against Trump, and the illegalities of Biden and son. The place has no respect for law which means that it is a danger to the rest of the world.

    • Jared Kushner probably counts himself amongst the ranks of the Christian Zionists, thinking this entitles him to a slice of Palestine.

      Zionists especially Christian Zionists are trying to get anti-Semitism laws to apply to them, which could lead to the weird outcome of American Jews being charged with anti-Semitism for criticising Christian Zionists.

      There’s a wave of new bills to define antisemitism. In these 3 states, they could become law

      https://apnews.com/article/antisemitism-definition-states-law-zionism-indiana-georgia-871571f3b392455b1479827bdf1f5ea7

      “There’s an increasingly large number of young Jews for whom their Judaism leads to an antizionist position,” said Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate. “I don’t want the state to decide that issue.”

      • “Jared Kushner probably counts himself amongst the ranks of the Christian Zionists, thinking this entitles him to a slice of Palestine.”
        Pat, do you have a tendency to indulge in sensationalist bullshit? Where is the evidence for Kushner saying he is a Christian Zionist? Has Drumpf even said he is one?

        • It would be very strange for Trump’s daughter Ivanka to convert to Judaism upon marriage to a Christian Zionist would it not? But I guess stranger things have happened in this topsy turvy world.

  2. Biden’s policies in the Middle East are a continuation of Obama policies, because he’s one of the people who in charge behind the scenes. This included unfreezing Iranian funds held in the US, dropping sanctions and trying to negotiate with them.

    If you recall, Trump got the Abraham Accords over the line, a feat that would have ensured that anyone (except Trump) would have gotten a Nobel Peace Prize. Then ask yourself why Hamas attacked when they did.
    The *real* reason for the timing of the attack was that Iran got wind of the Saudi’s starting discussions with the Accord members, including Israel, about joining up. If this had happened it would have left Iran isolated and facing two powerful opponents. So, they ordered the attack to stir up the Arab street in a bid to break the Accord up. In this regard it’s failed because the Accord holds.

    • No one is ever going to get a peace prize for signing an accord between the US backed racist settler state of Israel and the brutal neighboring pro-US Arab dictatorships.

      The significance of the Abraham Accords is that the plight of the Palestinians was no longer considered an obstacle to normalisation of relations between the racist apartheid regime in Israel and the pro-US Arab regimes. In effect the Arab dictatorships delivered to Israel a blank cheque to deal to the Palestinians as they saw fit.
      Israel didn’t waste any time and began cashing this blank cheque immediately.

      UN News 28 December 2023
      UN rights chief warns of ‘dehumanization’ of Palestinians amid West Bank violence as Gaza crisis deepens

      https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/12/1145132#

      ….Prior to 7 October, a record-high 200 Palestinians had already been killed in the West Bank this year. In its latest update UN humanitarian affairs coordination office OCHA stressed that 2023 is “the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank” since the UN began recording casualties in 2005…..

      Hamas retaliation on October 7 was not so much against the Abraham Accords, as against its effects.

      AP World News
      Hamas surprise attack out of Gaza stuns Israel and leaves hundreds dead in fighting, retaliation
      BY JOSEF FEDERMAN AND ISSAM ADWAN
      Updated 8:32 PM PDT, October 7, 2023

      https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestinians-gaza-hamas-rockets-airstrikes-tel-aviv-11fb98655c256d54ecb5329284fc37d2

      …..In an assault of startling breadth, Hamas gunmen rolled into as many as 22 locations outside the Gaza Strip, including towns and other communities as far as 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the Gaza border. In some places they gunned down civilians and soldiers as Israel’s military scrambled to muster a response….
      “Enough is Enough”
      …..The shadowy leader of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammed Deif, said the assault was in response to the 16-year blockade of Gaza, Israeli raids inside West Bank cities over the past year, violence at Al Aqsa — the disputed Jerusalem holy site sacred to Jews as the Temple Mount — increasing attacks by settlers on Palestinians and the growth of settlements.
      “Enough is enough,” Deif, who does not appear in public, said in the recorded message. He said the attack was only the start of what he called “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” and called on Palestinians from east Jerusalem to northern Israel to join the fight.

      “Trump got the Abraham Accords over the line, a feat that would have ensured that anyone (except Trump) would have gotten a Nobel Peace Prize.” Andrew

      Trump and Biden, Bin Salman and Netanyahu, might feasibly get together to pin medals on each other. But no one is ever going to get a peace prize for signing an accord normalising relations between the racist settler state of Israel and the brutal neighboring pro-US Arab dictatorships.

      “….they [Hamas] ordered the attack to stir up the Arab street in a bid to break the Accord up. In this regard it’s failed because the Accord holds.” Andrew

      Maybe, but only tenuously. To placate the ‘Arab Street’, the Egyptian military regime, despite being the second biggest recipient of American military aid in the world, (after Israel), has just joined South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ.

      Most U.S. aid to Egypt goes to military
      By Reuters
      January 29, 2011

      (Reuters) – The United States has given Egypt an average of $2 billion annually since 1979, much of it military aid, according to the Congressional Research Service. The combined total makes Egypt the second largest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel….

      https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70S0IN/

      “Biden’s policies in the Middle East are a continuation of Obama policies,” Andrew

      That’s for sure.

      In 2013 the Obama administration gave Egypt an extra $billion worth of debt relief and military aid in the form of 4 F-16s worth another $billion in exchange for putting down the Arab Spring and overthrowing the democratically elected Morsi government in a US backed coup.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/11/egypt-army-four-military-aircraft-us

      But the Arab Spring is not yet dead and the US backed Arab dictators are still afraid of it.

      The Arab Spring is not dead
      The spirit of the uprising lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of Arabs.

      By Haythem Guesmi, 31 Jul 2023

      https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2023/7/31/the-arab-spring-is-not-dead

      …The return to authoritarianism in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, was especially seized upon by many observers of the region as confirmation of the demise of Arab aspirations for democracy – everywhere, for good.
      It is true that not too long after the revolutions, dictatorships made a brutal and bloody return in both Tunisia and Egypt…
      ….Those who took to the streets for a better future over a decade ago, and many democratically minded Arabs who have come of age since then, continue to resist the new dictators and their regimes across the Arab world.

      Haythem Guesmi is a Tunisian academic and writer.

  3. Just like Nixon continued Johnson’s war in Vietnam

    There is no doubt that Trump just like Biden, will continue US imperialism’s support for Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians.

    In that case the American people will have to take to the streets and;

    This is what democracy looks like

    The BBC

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/15/newsid_2533000/2533131.stm

    1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium
    Americans have taken part in peace initiatives across the United States to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam.
    The Peace Moratorium is believed to have been the largest demonstration in US history with an estimated two million people involved.

    In towns and cities throughout the US, students, working men and women, school children, the young and the old, took part in religious services, school seminars, street rallies and meetings.

    Supporters of the Vietnam Moratorium wore black armbands to signify their dissent and paid tribute to American personnel killed in the war since 1961.

    The focal point was the capital, Washington DC, where more than 40 different activities were planned and about 250,000 demonstrators gathered to make their voices heard.

    ‘I do believe this nation is in danger of committing itself to goals and personalities that guarantee the war’s continuance.”
    Senator Edward Kennedy

    Some peace demonstrators gathered on the Capitol steps last night singing songs and holding a candlelit vigil until rallies began in the morning.

    Addressing a rally in Washington, Dr Benjamin Spock, the child care expert, said the war was a “total abomination” that was crippling America and must be stopped.

    Outside the White House, there were scuffles and several arrests made when police clamped down on black activists.

    In Portland, Oregon, 400 protesters clashed with police after an attempt to prevent conscripts entering an army induction centre.

    Administration supporters have been critical of the moratorium. General Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called protesters “interminably vocal youngsters, strangers alike to soap and reason”.

  4. Once again O’Dea proves he has no understanding of the word ‘genocide’, except as a cheap, demonising slogan. Meanwhile, his heroes, Hamas, have murdered another 4 hostages.

    • Are you sure that wasn’t the IDF…..again. They are either blocking food supplies which probably impacts the hostages or they are accidentally killing their own with their fancy weapons

    • It’s easy Gaby. Genocide is where one group decides to kill off another. Which is what Israel has decided to do, and is doing to Palestinians. To not understand or see this would require you to be a moron. Are you a moron Gaby?

  5. For all the usual outrage about Vietnam the fact is that it’s communists who have killed the most communists. It’s almost enough to make me support communism, but too many innocents also get caught up in the communist murder machines.

      • proof please ann e?
        I really can’t think of a ‘communist country’
        n korea is a hereditary dictatorship
        china are better capitalists than we are.

      • ps ann e just in case you’re confused—I suspect it’s a lifestyle for you—social democracies are are NOT communist

        • I rather think confusion lies in your substitution of the end letter. When did communism, the ideal, ever disappear? No matter how much we would want it to.

      • Coming from the cheerleader who supports slaughter of Palestinians by the IDF. Like proven slaughter not some random bs statement.

      • Communism has now aligned with Islamism to slaughter its way through Africa.

        Russian and Chinese Capitalism has now aligned with Western Capitalism to compete to slaughter their way through Africa.

        There y’go Ann, fixed it for you.

        The Conversation
        Published: August 22, 2023 2.39am NZST

        https://theconversation.com/africa-is-being-courted-by-china-russia-and-the-us-why-the-continent-shouldnt-pick-sides-210516

        ….. its resource wealth. This has become even more pronounced and taken on extraordinary importance in the push towards alternative sources of energy, both renewable and non-renewable. And in the production of products driven by the rise in technological innovation, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s cobalt, which is needed to make device screens among other things. The DRC is the world’s leading producer of this crucial mineral.
        At the same time the oil reserves of Algeria, Angola and Nigeria will become increasingly important as countries look to diversify away from Russia for natural gas, and from fossil fuels more broadly.
        Then there are the trade routes. The Red Sea route, which straddles northeast Africa and links it to the Indian Ocean, constitutes 10% of annual global trade .
        The Red Sea route passes countries such as Eritrea and Somalia. Both have been actively courted by Russia.
        For its part, China has earmarked the route through its Maritime Silk Road initiative. Its aim is to boost port infrastructure among countries with Indian Ocean coastlines.
        Lastly, Africa is home to the fastest-growing youth population. This will be important in the search for future markets, particularly in sectors such as technology and education.
        The US and Europe are also keen to tap this human capacity as their own populations age above the global average. Many are looking to Africa as a source of inward migratory flows.

        Real Clear Defence [sic]
        May 06, 2024

        https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2024/05/06/the_us_needs_to_counter_russia_and_china_in_africa_1029642.html

        Africa is fast becoming an arena for great power rivalry. On May 2, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed that Russian forces have moved onto an airbase in Niger, where the U.S. also has troops and facilities for counter-terrorism missions…..
        …..Russia has been cozying up to African states, too. Recently, Russia has increased its foreign military sales and energy partnerships in Africa to expand its influence beyond the European continent. Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary syndicate, has become prevalent in the Central African Republic and the Sahel, demonstrating the Kremlin’s interest in becoming a major player in Africa.
        America cannot sit idly by while China and Russia line their pockets and improve their standing in Africa. U.S. presence in Africa is vital to counter-terrorism efforts and securing mineral supplies for the clean energy transition…..

  6. The problem the US has is that US politicians’ claim, repeated almost without exception, that Israel is “America’s greatest ally” is only because the Israel Lobby pays them to all claim it. AIPAC, the AJC and the many individual “single issue” Jewish billionaire donors who fund politics are in the drivers seat in terms of foreign, and largely domestic, policy. On it’s face, the US’s nearly unconditional support for the Zionist project (along with their obsession with “preventing anti-semitism” – really just a broad catch-all term for criticism of Israel) make no sense, until you realise the extent of the 5th column operating in the United States and undermining American interests. Then it all makes perfect sense. Despite the rhetoric, Jewish values aren’t at all traditional American values, and Israel’s interests aren’t at all America’s. But large doses of cash make the fundamental contradictions and divergence take a back seat.

    Many Jews will actually be pushing from Trump to get in because, despite the threat he poses to their other interests, Trump’s support for Israel (being more reliable than Biden’s has proven to be) is the thing they need most right now.

  7. Just a small reality check here Patrick. You want Felon Daipher Don to win? Are you fucking nuts!!!!!!
    Even from your perspective , Biden has to be 1000, no 10,000 times better than his opponent.
    FFS, think it through!!!
    Before you can put any sort of political pressure on the person most likely to have any influence on events in Israel and Gaza, he’s got to be in office first!!???
    If you can’t see that simple basic equation, you shouldn’t be an advocate.

    • Democracy is not just about voting once every three or four years.

      When parliamentary democracy fails to put up candidates that offer voters very little difference or choice over serious domestic issues such as civil liberties and free speech, and no difference at all on serious foreign policy matters, like war……

      When you have an LBJ Nixon match up – When you have a Biden Trump match up. When the vast majority of the population in a democracy calls for a ceasefire and it falls on deaf ears.

      This is what democracy looks like….

      The BBC

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/15/newsid_2533000/2533131.stm

      1969: Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium
      Americans have taken part in peace initiatives across the United States to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam.
      The Peace Moratorium is believed to have been the largest demonstration in US history with an estimated two million people involved…..

      And if you can’t march and protest or peacefully withdraw your labour for a cause you feel deeply about, in fear of the personal repercussions, you are not living in a democracy

    • “Even from your perspective , Biden has to be 1000, no 10,000 times better than his opponent.” Richard Caves

      My perspective doesn’t count, it is the American voters perspective that does.

      When both Republican and Democrat party supporters are chanting “Genocide Joe has got to go” it should be telling you something.

      From the Democrat Party supporting aggregator website ‘The Hill”

      https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/4694080-donald-trump-joe-biden-landslide-blowout-election/

      Biden vs. Trump vs. RFK Jr. polls
      Trump has a 1.4% lead based on 177 polls.
      Jun 6, 2024

      Trump 41.3%

      Biden 39.9%

      Kennedy 7.8%

      ….Biden faces frustration from within his own party over the Israel-Hamas war, on top of frustration over the economy and general voter apathy toward a Biden-Trump rematch. He easily secured the Democratic nod but has been hit with notable protest votes in several state primaries, with an “uncommitted” push in Kentucky siphoning 18 percent of the party vote just last month.
      There’s “a lot of concern” among Democrats over the incumbent’s poor approval rating, tight swing state numbers and protest votes, Democratic strategist Michael Starr Hopkins said.
      “Anybody who says it’s just a little concern is lying…..”

      Biden could turn this around simply by acting to stop the genocide in Gaza. Biden could order the US to stop using its veto in the UN to block a ceasefire, or recognition of Palestine. Biden could cut off all military aid to Israel. Biden could support the ICC and the ICJ instead of trying to undermine them.
      Such a U-turn would incentivise the Democratic Party base to get out to maximise the vote. But such a turn of events is unlikely.

      American capitalism runs on domination of world trade, especially domination in energy, supplies and trading. American domination of the oil rich Middle East is dependent on two things;
      1# Oppressing the Arab people,
      2# Keeping US imperialist rivals out of the region.

      Mar 20, 2023
      Jerusalem Post
      US Can Counter China in the Middle East with Abraham Accords Free Trade
      …..China’s growing influence in the Middle East, demonstrated by its role in mediating the recent Saudi-Iran rapprochement, is a threat to the vital economic and security interests of the United States and its allies. In response, the US should undertake bold and farsighted moves to deepen mutually-beneficial strategic cooperation with its regional partners, through new multilateral frameworks, including in the economic arena….
      Robert Greenway

      https://www.hudson.org/foreign-policy/us-can-counter-china-middle-east-abraham-accords-free-trade

      US domination of the oil rich Middle East, enabled by American support for the oppressive tyrannies, of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, that maintains US domination of the region is a cornerstone of bi-partisan US politics.

      https://www.iea.org/about/history

      https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/major-oil-companies-in-the-gulf-region#

      “Biden has to be 1000, no 10,000 times better than his opponent.” Richard Caves

      For Biden to be 10,000 times better than Trump, Trump would have to be 10,000 times worse.

      My mind struggles to imagine anything 10,000 times worse than genocide.

      Maybe you could tell us, Richard; ‘What do you think is worse than the ongoing US supported genocide being witnessed by the whole world in Gaza?’

  8. While Pat is correct to expose the faults of past & current leaders in the US he has failed to expose the huge spiritual deception that has so many ignorant Christians convinced that the literal country of Israel is still of spiritual significance, if you combine that error with the various other false ideas held by the same group it is easy to see the potential danger with that group getting political power & seeking to force their ideas on the rest of us.

    • Even worse Bonnie, Pat deliberately avoids mentioning the huge spiritual and political deception of the Islamist ideology which avers that a land once ruled by Islam cannot revert back to infidel rulers. The excrescent bin Laden was at least honest enough in his Letter to the American People to explain this. Those that espouse only the trite “settler colonialism” causation of this conflict would do well to read or re-read that letter.

  9. Is Biden Better than Trump?

    Is the Hard Right better than Weak Centrists, like Biden, who cave in to the Hard Right?

    When electoral democracy fails, is people power the answer?

    After the high death toll in the Las Vegas mass shooting was made possible by a little device called a bump stock.
    Fitted to the trigger guard, the bump stock, uses the recoil, (the bump), to pull the trigger again.
    Public pressure on the Trump administration, forced a reluctant Trump to ban bump stocks.

    The Trump administration appointed, US Supreme Court has just overturned the Bump Stock ban.

    The Hard Right never rest.

    The ball is in Biden’s court. Will Biden act to ban the sale of assault rifles that are commonly used in mass shootings, that the Trump appointees have now made more lethal?

    Or, will Biden weakly cave in to the Gun Lobby and the Hard Right?

    Blood on his hands.

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