April 14, 2009

IF YOU STILL THINK THAT'S IRONIC...:

U.S. Appears Set To Boycott U.N. Session on Racism: Conference Stance on Israel Is at Issue; Advocacy Groups Criticize White House (Michael A. Fletcher, 4/14/09, Washington Post)

The Obama administration appears to be standing by its decision to boycott the World Conference Against Racism next week in Geneva, despite efforts to focus and tone down language in a draft conference document viewed as hostile toward Israel.

The preliminary conference document ran 45 pages and called for reparations for slavery, condemned the "validation of Islamophobia," and asserted that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is grounded in racism.

In response to objections raised by negotiators from the Obama administration, the document has since been dramatically shortened and many of its sharp statements have been removed. Still, the administration seems uninterested in attending, stoking frustration among activist groups who have said that it is ironic that the nation's first black president would choose that course.


...you haven't paid any attention to his career.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2009 6:08 AM
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